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Bangladesh executes opposition leaders for war crimes

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged in Bangladesh Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Biraj

Bangladesh has executed two opposition leaders for historic war crimes.

A senior police official told Reuters Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged shortly after President Abdul Hamid rejected their appeals for clemency after they were accused of war crimes committed during the 1971 war to break away from Pakistan.

Mujahid was reportedly an Islamist opposition leader and Chowdhury was the former legislator of ex-premier Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Secular book publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A secular book publisher has been hacked to death in the Bangladeshi capital, police say.

The body of Faisal Abedin Deepan, of the Jagriti Prokashoni publishing house was found inside his office, senior police officer Shibly Noman said.

In a separate attack in Dhaka, publisher Ahmed Rahim Tutul was attacked in his office and seriously wounded along with two writers.

Both had published books by Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death in February, one of four secular bloggers killed in Bangladesh this year.

The attacks come amid fears about the rise of radical Islam in Bangladesh.


At least 22 die at free clothing giveaway in Bangladesh

The stampede took place in the northern city of Mymensingh. Credit: Google Maps

At least 22 people including a child have been killed in a stampede during a charity clothing handout in Bangladesh.

Police officer Kamrul Islam said another 30 were injured in the northern city of Mymensingh.

Hundreds of people had gathered outside the home of a local businessman and stormed in when the gates opened.

Stampedes are common at religious places and during charity handouts in South Asian countries.

1,000 land in Asian refugee 'floating coffin' crisis

Over 1,000 people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh have landed in south-east Asia, describing killings, extortion and near-starvation after a harrowing journey at sea.

An increasingly alarmed United Nations warned against "floating coffins" and urged regional leaders to put human lives first. The US urged governments not to push back new boat arrivals.

The waves of weak, hungry and dehydrated migrants who arrived yesterday were the latest to slip into countries that have made it clear they are not welcome.

But thousands more are still believed stranded at sea in what has become a humanitarian crisis no one in the region is rushing to solve.


Baby among at least 33 dead in Bangladesh ferry sinking

At least 33 people, including a baby, are confirmed dead after a ferry sank in Bangladesh.

Rescuers managed to save at least 50 passengers and were still searching for more survivors, police said.

The river ferry capsized after a cargo trawler crashed into the middle of it. Two of its crew have since been arrested.

A similar accident on February 13 killed at least seven passengers in southern Bangladesh.

At least seven dead in Bangladesh ferry sinking

At least seven people, including a child, have died after a ferry carrying about 100 passengers sank in Bangladesh, officials said.

The ferry was reportedly hit by a cargo vessel at a crossing on the Padma River, 40km (25 miles) north-west of the capital, Dhaka.

A rescue operation is currently underway to free those trapped inside the ferry.

Around 30 people, who were on the deck, are already believed to have been saved.

Rescue underway after Bangladesh ferry carrying 100 sinks

The ferry sank in the Padma river after reportedly being hit by a cargo vessel. Credit: Google Maps

A rescue operation is under way after a ferry carrying around 100 passengers capsized and sank in central Bangladesh.

The ferry was reportedly hit by a cargo vessel at a crossing on the Padma River.

About 30 people are believed to have been rescued but the operation is continuing.

Fire department official Shahzadi Begum said: "We have not recovered any dead bodies, and we don't have a clear picture about how many were exactly in the ferry when it sank. But I think many have survived."

The Padma is one of the largest rivers in the delta nation, which is crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.

Seven burnt to death after Bangladesh bus firebombed

Seven people have burnt to death after suspected anti-government protesters threw a petrol bomb at a bus full of sleeping passengers in Bangladesh, AFP reports.

Several other passengers were left fighting for life after the attack in the eastern town of Chuddogram.

District police chief Tuttul Chakrabarty said: "Seven passengers were burnt to death in the bus after the petrol bomb was thrown at 4am.

"Five of the passengers are fighting for their life as 40-80 per cent of their bodies were burnt. They have been shifted to a hospital in the capital."

He added at least 10 more were injured after they jumped from the bus's windows, trying to escape the blaze.

The deaths bring the total killed in political protests which have raged for a month to 53. Hundreds more have been injured, mostly in firebombings of buses, lorries and cars.

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