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Bangladesh War Tribunal Sentences Cleric to Death

Posted January 21st, 2013 at 2:20 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s war tribunal has sentenced an Islamic cleric to death for what court calls crimes against humanity for his actions during the country’s 1971 war for independence from Pakistan. Abul Kalam Azad, tried in absentia because he has been on the run for about a year, is the first person to be convicted by the […]

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Russia Grants $1 Billion Loan to Bangladesh for Weapons

Posted January 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia has granted a $1 billion loan to Bangladesh for the purchase of Russian-made weapons. The deal was signed Tuesday in Moscow during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Details on the possible weapons purchases were not released, but reports say the new agreement could include orders […]

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Scores Arrested in Bangladesh Opposition Rallies

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bangladesh say police have clashed with demonstrators at opposition rallies across the country. Officials say police arrested scores of protesters at the rallies Sunday, staged to call for the restoration of a voting system in which independent caretaker governments oversee national elections. Authorities say police in Dhaka, the Bangladesh capital, have used rubber […]

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Bangladesh Police Clash with Protesters

Posted December 9th, 2012 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Bangladesh say police have used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse road-blocking protesters at opposition rallies across the capital. Authorities say the police clashed with demonstrators in Dhaka Sunday after the protesters attacked vehicles with homemade bombs. A coalition of opposition parties staged the protests to call for the restoration of a […]

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Bangladesh Factory Had No Fire Safety License

Posted December 7th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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Fire officials in Bangladesh say the garment factory where at least 110 people were killed in a fire last month as they made clothing for several international companies did not have a valid fire safety license. They say the license had expired in June and was not renewed. Bangladeshi authorities have arrested three factory officials […]

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Clashes, Arrests as Bangladesh Opposition Strikes to Protest Trials

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bangladesh have detained protesters who clashed with police and burned vehicles, as the nation’s largest Islamist party called for a strike to protest the trial of its leaders. Police equipped with shields and helmets patrolled the streets of the capital, Dhaka, on Tuesday, arresting several people. Many schools and businesses were closed because […]

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Bangladesh Factory Owner: Nobody Told Me to Install Fire Exits

Posted November 29th, 2012 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The owner of a Bangladeshi garment factory where 112 people were killed in a massive blaze says he did not know he had to install emergency exits in the building. Delowar Hossain, the managing director of Tazreen Fashion, told the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star, “nobody told me there was no emergency exit which could […]

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Police Arrest Bangladesh Factory Officials

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested three factory officials in connection with a fire Saturday that killed at least 110 people. The police chief in the capital, Dhaka, said the officials were arrested Wednesday amid allegations that managers told employees to return to work after fire alarms rang, and that locked doors trapped workers inside. Hundreds […]

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Police Arrest Bangladesh Factory Officials

Posted November 28th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested three factory officials in connection with a fire Saturday that killed at least 110 people. The police chief in the capital, Dhaka, said the officials were arrested Wednesday amid allegations that managers told employees to return to work after fire alarms rang, and that locked doors trapped workers inside. Hundreds […]

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Bangladesh Mourns Factory Fire Dead, Protests Continue

Posted November 27th, 2012 at 7:15 am (UTC-5)
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Garment workers in Bangladesh have held a second day of demonstrations, as the country observed a day of mourning for at least 110 people killed in a Saturday factory fire. About 1,000 workers, many carrying black flags, demanded justice for the victims as they protested Tuesday on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka. Factories were […]

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