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Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

An island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded …


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019

Cyclone Fani kills at least 15 as it moves to Bangladesh

A mammoth preparation exercise that included the evacuation of more than 1 million people appears to have spared India a devastating death toll from one of the biggest storms in …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Protesters in Bangladesh after girl is burned to death

Dozens of protesters have gathered in Bangladesh’s capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against …


Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development

A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that continue to plague the South Asian …


Reduced to writing in the dust: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

While teaching in northeast India last March, Mark Finney, director of the Spokane office of World Relief, decided to take a weeklong trip to Bangladesh to see a Rohingya refugee …


SpaceX’s upgraded rocket soars with satellite for Bangladesh

SpaceX lifted Bangladesh’s first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches.


U.N. Security Council team visits Bangladesh to meet Rohingya

U.N. Security Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence.


Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters’ setup

Myanmar police on Saturday evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news agency reporters …


Rohingya see no end in sight, 6 months after attacks began

Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. …


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced …


Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s …


Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what …


Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.


Official: U.S. would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into …


Tillerson to make 1st trip to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department said Thursday.


Terrified Rohingya Muslims await chance to enter Bangladesh

It’s a scene that has played out over and over again with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar and escaped to neighboring …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017

India says Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims

India’s foreign minister told Bangladesh’s government that Myanmar must take back Rohingya Muslims to resolve one of Asia’s largest refugee crises in decades, the government said.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi urges unity, creates new aid committee

Myanmar’s embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for national unity Thursday and said she has created a committee that will oversee all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine …


U.S.: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military crackdown that has caused a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists, the State Department said Thursday. But …


U.N. agency: More reports of sexual violence against Rohingya

The head of the U.N.’s migration agency warned Wednesday about increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks.


Christine M. Flowers: Cheering Trump’s honest U.N. speech

Clearly, no one expected Obama-style smoothness from this president, but they were probably not expecting him to take on the U.N. record of human rights with deadly accuracy, either.


Bangladesh accuses Myanmar of violating its airspace

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Bangladeshi authorities summoned Myanmar’s envoy to protest what they said were violations of their airspace as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar …


370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens

The number of Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in Myanmar has now topped 370,000, a crisis that the United Nations human rights chief called “a textbook example of ethnic …


Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp

In a corner of a room in a sprawling expanse of squalid shanties and tents, Zahida Begum holds in her arms the tiny boy she gave birth to just hours …


New fires in empty Rohingya village challenge Myanmar claims

Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. That …


Aid groups struggle as more Rohingya flood into Bangladesh

Aid agencies were struggling to cope with a nonstop flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, where some 146,000 have arrived hungry and terrified after fleeing renewed violence in Myanmar – …


Boats carrying fleeing Rohingya sink in Bangladesh; 26 dead

Three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have capsized in Bangladesh and 26 bodies of women and children have been recovered, officials said Thursday.


Not just Rohingya, but also Buddhists, flee Myanmar violence

Violence in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has driven thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing toward Bangladesh for safety, along with a smaller exodus of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.


Rescuers dig for survivors in Bangladesh mudslide; 140 dead

Rescuers went from door to door searching for information on people who might be missing Wednesday after massive landslides crashed onto villages and killed at least 140 in southeastern Bangladesh, …


Suspected suicide bomber dies in blast near Dhaka airport

Bangladesh police say a man detonated a bomb near a police post on a busy road near Dhaka’s airport, killing himself but causing no other injuries.