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Bangladesh will use military peacekeepers during disputed elections

Tens of thousands of troops were to be deployed across Bangladesh Thursday in a bid to contain deadly political violence ahead of elections which are being boycotted by the opposition. With Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina determined that the January 5 general election goes ahead despite claims that it will be…

Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus faces legal controversy over taxes

Bangladesh’s cabinet has ordered “legal action” against 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, accusing him of avoiding taxes on income from awards, book royalties and foreign tours. The cabinet, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has asked the tax administration, central bank and banking regulators to take the action…

Bangladesh bosses plead with Western firms to keep doing business with them after tragedy

Bangladeshi textile bosses pleaded Monday with Western clothing giants to keep doing business with them after nearly 400 people died in a factory collapse as hopes of finding more survivors faded. Organisers of the mammoth rescue effort ordered in cranes on Monday to clear the ruins of what was once…

Bangladesh approves law to execute convicted war criminals

Bangladesh’s cabinet approved on Monday changes to war crime laws to ensure opposition leaders on trial for alleged atrocities during the nation’s 1971 independence war can be swiftly executed if convicted. The move came amid huge demonstrations by hundreds of thousands of people in Dhaka for the past seven days…

Bangladeshi faces sedition charge over Facebook post

A Bangladeshi high court on Sunday ordered police to prosecute a university lecturer for sedition after he wished for the death of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook, a state prosecutor said. The same court handed Jahangirnagar University teacher Ruhul Khandakar six months in jail last week for contempt of…

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