The Rohingyas are fall guys in Burma's race to harness chauvinism

Sittwe, the capital of Arakan state, is little more than a sleepy, dusty, overgrown village. Time appears to have stopped not long after the British left in 1948. Opposite the town’s golden zeydi, its Buddhist stupa, are the green-painted ruins of a mosque, but today there are few other obvious signs of last year’s violence. The great bulk of the town’s Muslim population has been banished to the outskirts: fishermen’s shacks and a sprawling camp where 7,000 men, women and children live under canvas.

Bangladeshi-American attacked in New York in 'retaliatory' violence over Boston marathon bombing

An Asian-American man claims to have been beaten in the Bronx area of New York in retaliatory violence over the Boston marathon bombing, with his racist attackers apparently targeting him because they believed he was Arab.

Migrant workers picking strawberries

Greece launches manhunt after 200 immigrant farmworkers are shot at and wounded for demanding back pay

The 200 strawberry-pickers, many of them from Bangladesh, had been working on the Greek farm for six months without pay. So they went to see the boss. But instead of leaving with their money, they were shot

Sayedee was convicted over the war of independence in 1971

Islamist leader's death sentence for war crimes sparks fatal riots in Bangladesh

A tribunal has sentenced to death the leader of an Islamic political party over his role in murder and atrocities during the nation’s 1971 war of independence. The decision triggered violence and clashes across the country that left at least 30 people dead.

Scores missing as ferry collides with boat and sinks in Bangladesh

A rescue operation is underway for dozens of people said to be missing after a ferry carrying around 100 passengers sank in a river in Bangladesh after colliding with another boat. The incident took place in the same spot and in similar circumstances to an accident last year that left more than 145 people dead.

Abdul Quader Mollah after his conviction in Dhaka yesterday

Bangladesh: Opposition party chief given life sentence for war crimes

The Bangladeshi government has deployed its paramilitary Border Guard on the streets of Dhaka after a war crimes tribunal convicted a leading member of the country’s main Islamic party of five offences of crimes against humanity during the country’s war for independence in 1971.  

Parrot owner Abdul Wadud poses with Princess the macaw, who has refused to eat since being separated from her partner

Lovesick as a parrot... Macaw that went on hunger strike

It may not quite be Romeo and Juliet. They’re not even technically lovebirds. But Bangladeshi macaws Prince and Princess  certainly have that animal magnetism.

Bangladesh call off Pakistan tour

Bangladesh have scrapped a proposed tour to Pakistan later this month because of security concerns. They were due to become the first international side to tour Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

Bangladesh hit by bomb blasts as opposition parties enforce general strike

Homemade bombs exploded in Bangladesh's capital today and police fired tear gas at demonstrators as opposition parties enforced a general strike, demanding that the government restore an election-time caretaker administration.

Bangladesh: Managers arrested after factory fire that killed 112

Three managers at a factory where 112 workers died in a fire have been arrested on suspicion of locking staff inside.

Workers return to the site of the burnt-out nine-storey garment factory where more than 100 people died

Dhaka workers demand action after factory fire

Thousands of angry textile workers demonstrated on the outskirts of Dhaka after a fire swept through a garment workshop at the weekend, killing more than 100 people in Bangladesh's worst-ever factory blaze.

At least 112 people killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

At least 112 people were killed in a fire that raced through a multi-story garment factory just outside of Bangladesh's capital, an official said Sunday.

Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook rallies his troops by raising the standard of defiance

He stood proud and defiant and glorious. Alastair Cook, the new captain of England, repelled India in the first Test for hour after hour, over after over, ball after ball. As each of those in turn was ticked off, the task he was  embarked in Ahmedabad on left the land of make-believe for the country of the merely fanciful.

Fire and spice for the Diwali devotees breaking fast

Millions of Hindus across India and Bangladesh celebrated Diwali or the "festival of lights" this week. The annual festival marks the triumph of good over evil, as well as the return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after vanquishing the demon king Ravana.

130 fleeing Burma violence feared dead as boat sinks

Up to 130 people trying to escape ethnic violence in Burma are said to be missing after their boat sank off the coast of Bangladesh. Police and community groups said the boat containing families of Rohingya Muslims, sank while trying to make its way towards Malaysia.

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