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Bangladesh gets a $20 billion Saudi windfall

Saudi Arabia signed a slew of agreements with Bangladesh on March 7 worth up to US$20 billion in investments. The Saudi investment will cover...

Bangladesh’s biggest opposition party crushed by a legal avalanche

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) – one of the country’s biggest political parties – is enduring the worst days since its formation four decades...

Hasina wins third term as vote-rigging claims go unanswered

Bangladesh’s election commission will investigate claims of widespread vote-rigging in the country’s election, but has already confirmed a landslide win by Prime Minister Sheikh...

Opposition parties hit by harassment in lead-up to Bangladesh poll

Bangladesh is just days from a national election but the contrast between the two main political camps could not be starker. Violence has cast...

A Bangladeshi ex-diplomat is missing for a year. All he did...

Samiha Zaman says she will always remember December 4, 2017 as the most agonising day she has ever lived. That day, she returned home...

Bangladesh’s ruling ‘secular’ Awami League strengthens ties with Islamist parties

Islamist parties in Bangladesh that have in the past always sided with the country’s center-right alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are...

Bangladesh politics divided over election use of EVMs

With a national election slated to be held in Bangladesh on December 30, the issue of the usage of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in...

Bangladesh steps up pre-election Internet surveillance

With national elections just months away, Bangladesh’s incumbent Awami League regime is scaling up monitoring and surveillance of the Internet — with a particular...

Saudi Arabia Tells Bangladesh to Take Back 128 Rohingya With Expired...

The Saudi government has asked Bangladeshi authorities to take back 128 Rohingya, all of whom entered the oil-rich kingdom carrying Umrah visa using Bangladeshi...

Curious political tie-up emerges before Bangladeshi election

Bangladeshi politics saw the unlikely emergence of a new alliance last week – the “Jatyio Oikya” or National Unity Front – forged between the...

With Nod to Draft Broadcast Law, Bangladesh Furthers Attempts to Curb...

Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday approved a law which would allow the government to send someone to jail for giving “misleading and false” information in...

Myanmar’s claim to St. Martin’s Island irks Bangladesh

Tensions at the diplomatic front between Bangladesh and Myanmar had escalated last Saturday after Myanmar ambassador U Lwin Oo was summoned by the Bangladesh...

‘Jail can’t break his spirit’: Bangladesh photographer’s wife

As anger over the incarceration of renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam continues to grow in and outside the South Asian country, his...

Nepali newspaper slammed over US-Bangla crash report

A report in Nepal’s Kathmandu Post, which blamed a Bangladeshi pilot for the country’s worst plane crash that killed 51 of the 71 people...

Rawhide traders in Bangladesh hit hard by US-China trade war

The US-China trade war has hit the price of rawhide that is the basis of Bangladesh’s burgeoning leather industry. Low export orders from China...

In Bangladesh, Hasina’s ‘war on drugs’ is turning into a bloodbath

Bangladesh’s ongoing anti-narcotics drive has turned into a bloodbath, leaving over a hundred citizens dead in less than a month. The Sheikh Hasina government claims...

In Bangladesh, Hasina’s ‘war on drugs’ is turning into a bloodbath

Bangladesh’s ongoing anti-narcotics drive has turned into a bloodbath, leaving over a hundred citizens dead in less than a month. The Sheikh Hasina government claims...

Bangladesh: Extrajudicial killing fears in drug crackdown

Bangladesh's security forces have killed more than 30 alleged drug dealers in gun battles over the past week with right activists warning a campaign...

Capsize of coal barges in Sundarbans rings alarm on Rampal plant

The capsize of a cargo vessel in Bangladesh on Sunday carrying 775 metric tons of coal near the Sundarbans has rekindled concerns about the...

Bangladeshi politics in a mess ahead of poll in December

It’s an election year in Bangladesh and one that has been marked by political turmoil, notably the jailing of former prime minister Khaleda Zia...

Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into a one-party state?

The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election...