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Bangladesh War Crimes Tribunal Indicts Islamic Leader

Posted October 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 am (UTC-5)
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A special court in Bangladesh has charged an Islamic leader with committing war crimes during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The tribunal on Monday indicted 71-year-old Delwar Hossain Sayedee on 20 counts of murder, rape, arson and forcibly converting Hindus to Islam. Sayedee, a senior leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, is accused […]

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Opposition Strike Hits Bangladesh

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Schools and businesses are shut down across Bangladesh as the country’s main opposition party and its allies hold a daylong strike to protest recent hikes in fuel prices. Thousands of police were deployed across the capital, Dhaka, to keep order and prevent widescale opposition protests. Transportation in and out of the city was largely disrupted […]

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Bangladesh Detains Hundreds of Islamic Party Members

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 10:25 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladeshi police have detained at least 300 members of the country’s main Islamic party, a day after violent protests across the country. At least two top leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami party were among those arrested Tuesday after being accused of inciting Monday’s clashes in Dhaka and other major Bangladeshi cities. Police used teargas and batons […]

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Bangladesh’s Opposition Announces Nationwide Strike

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladesh’s main opposition party says it is planning a nationwide strike on Thursday to protest a recent increase in the price of fuel. Earlier this week, the government raised the fuel prices by up to 19 percent. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said Tuesday the September 22 strike will also highlight the rising cost of daily […]

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Bangladeshi Islamists, Police Clash in Dhaka Protest, 50 Injured

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Supporters of Bangladesh’s main Islamic party have fought with police during a violent protest in Dhaka to demand the release of jailed Islamist leaders. The activists belonging to the Jamaat-e-Islami party set fire to at least 12 vehicles and threw rocks at police, who used batons to try to break up Monday’s protest. Bangladeshi media […]

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Bangladeshis Protest Stock Market Slump Outside Dhaka Exchange

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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A group of Bangladeshi small investors has blocked a road outside the country’s main stock exchange to protest an ongoing slump in share prices. The investors burned tires and blocked traffic near the Dhaka Stock Exchange on Monday, as the main stock index fell 2 percent before recovering slightly to end the session down 1.6 […]

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Bangladeshi Court Jails More Border Guards for 2009 Mutiny

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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A Bangladeshi court has sentenced another 182 border guards to prison for their role in a deadly 2009 mutiny that killed 74 people, mostly commanding officers. The special court in Dhaka said Monday it handed a maximum seven-year jail term to 20 of the border guards and imposed shorter sentences on the others. Five guards […]

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Indian Enclave Residents in Bangladesh Demand Citizenship

Posted September 11th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Residents of an Indian enclave within Bangladesh are holding a two-day protest to demand the speedy implementation of a deal between the two countries that will grant them citizenship. Thousands of people in Bangladesh’s Panchagarh district walked through the streets in protest Saturday night and refused to turn on the lights of their homes. Demonstrators […]

Indian PM Ends Bangladesh Visit Without Key Deals

Posted September 7th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh concluded a visit to Bangladesh on Wednesday, with the two sides failing to sign agreements on key bilateral issues. Mr. Singh and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed a deal the day before that demarcates the 4,000 kilometer border between their two nations, helping to settle a long-running border dispute. […]

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India, Bangladesh Sign Border Deal

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Indian and Bangladeshi leaders have agreed to a deal that would settle their countries’ long-running border dispute. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the agreement demarcating the 4,000 kilometer border between the two nations, during a visit Tuesday to Bangladesh. The deal allows for the exchange of 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh and 51 Bangladeshi […]

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