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Bangladesh Still Holding 5 'Freed Hostages'

Bodies of 7 Japanese victims returned home

(Newser) - In Dhaka, authorities are still holding five of the 13 hostages rescued when commandos stormed an upscale restaurant in the city's diplomatic zone Saturday morning, killing six of the attackers and capturing one. Investigators are searching for clues about the gruesome attack that left 28 dead, and the country'... More »

3 US College Students Among Dead in Bangladesh Attack

They were students at Emory University and UC Berkeley

(Newser) - Among the 20 hostages killed in the attack on a cafe in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka were three students attending college in the US, CNN reports. Abinta Kabir of Miami was a sophomore at Georgia's Emory University. She was visiting friends and family in Dhaka. Faraaz Hossain is... More »

Man Arrested in Murder of Blogger Hacked to Death

Farabi Shafiur Rahman has admitted to threats against Avijit Roy

(Newser) - The top suspect in the brutal killing of a Bangladeshi-American blogger has been apprehended, Reuters reports. Farabi Shafiur Rahman, who was arrested at a bus stop in Dhaka, Bangladesh, has confessed to threatening blogger Avijit Roy, officials say. "It's a holy duty of Bangalee Muslims to kill Avijit,... More »

American Blogger Hacked to Death in Bangladesh

Assailants attacked Avijit Roy, wife with meat cleavers

(Newser) - A prominent Bangladeshi-American blogger known for speaking out against religious extremism was hacked to death as he walked through Bangladesh's capital with his wife last night, police say. The attack on Avijit Roy, a Bangladesh-born US citizen believed to be about 40, occurred on a crowded sidewalk around 8:... More »

Bangladesh Charges 13 in Deadly Factory Fire

Owners, employees could face life in blaze that killed 112

(Newser) - Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide today for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year . It was the first time Bangladeshi authorities had sought to prosecute factory owners in... More »

As Recovery Ends, Bangladesh Offers Prayer to 1,127 Victims

Army says there are no more bodies to be found in rubble

(Newser) - A mass prayer was held today to honor the victims of the garment industry's worst-ever disaster after the military officially ended recovery efforts at the site of the Dhaka building collapse . After 20 days of digging, the death toll stands at 1,127, with 2,438 rescued alive and... More »

Woman Miraculously Survived 17 Days Under Rubble

As death toll in Bangladesh build collapse passes 1K

(Newser) - The collapse of a Bangladesh garment factory building is now certainly among the worst industrial disasters in history, Bloomberg reports: The death toll has now hit 1,033. But today one very bright spot emerged. Rescuers say they found another survivor, a staggering 17 days after the collapse, and Reuters... More »

Yet Another Bangladesh Factory Fire Claims 8 Lives

Meanwhile, collapse toll reaches 912

(Newser) - The disasters continue at Bangladesh's garment factories. There was the fire that killed more than 100 people late last year; then another fire in January; then the building collapse whose confirmed death toll has reached 912. Now, yet another fire has killed at least eight people in a Dhaka... More »

15 Killed as Islamists Battle Bangladesh Cops

Hardliners demand anti-blasphemy law

(Newser) - At least 15 people died in clashes between police and Islamic hardliners demanding that Bangladesh implement an anti-blasphemy law, authorities said. A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said eight people, including two policemen and a paramilitary soldier, were killed in clashes just outside the capital, Dhaka, and... More »

Yet More Bodies Found in Bangladesh

Local mayor suspended as toll reaches 430; 149 missing

(Newser) - The death toll in April's Bangladesh building collapse just keeps rising, and more officials are paying a price, Reuters reports. The mayor of Savar, the suburb near Dhaka where the building stood, has been suspended from office. Mayor Mohammad Refat Ullah had signed off on the Rana Plaza building'... More »

This Is What Your Jeans Really Cost

Bryan Walsh thinks the Bangladesh factory collapse should be a wakeup call

(Newser) - At last count, at least 362 people were killed in the Bangladesh textile factory collapse making it the worst disaster in garment industry history—worse, for example, than the famous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that prompted a drastic overhaul in American factory safety laws, observes Bryan Walsh at Time... More »

Rage, Stench of Death at Collapsed Factory in Bangladesh

Hopes fade, grief reigns as toll approaches 400 with hundreds still missing

(Newser) - With close to 400 people killed in the Bangladesh building collapse , it's being called the deadliest garment industry accident ever, the New York Times reports. Rescuers have saved some 2,500 people, but they doubt they'll get much further, leaving thousands of grief-stricken family members clutching only photos... More »

Fleeing Owner of Collapsed Bangladesh Factory Busted

Death toll hits 362 in collapse

(Newser) - The owner of a building that collapsed last week in a deadly heap in a Dhaka suburb was arrested at a border crossing with India today in a dramatic operation by members of an elite commando force, a government minister said. A fleeing Mohammed Sohel Rana was arrested near the... More »

8 Arrested in Bangladesh Collapse

Death toll more than 330; 2.3K saved

(Newser) - Bangladesh authorities have arrested eight people in the collapse of a building whose death toll has risen to at least 336. Two factory owners and their relatives were arrested, along with two engineers, CNN reports via state news. "It is not an accident, it is a killing incident,"... More »

Walmart Tied to Collapsed Building: Report

Death toll now stands at 273

(Newser) - The number of dead after a building collapse near Dhaka, Bangladesh, has soared to at least 273, the BBC reports. Rescues continue, however, with more than 40 saved since yesterday. The fates of some 372 people remain uncertain following reports by their families. Meanwhile, "volatile" protests following the collapse... More »

Owners in Hiding as Building Collapse Toll Hits 175

Fate of hundreds remains unknown in Bangladesh

(Newser) - The death toll has risen to at least 175 in a building collapse outside Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the whereabouts of perhaps hundreds of people remain unknown. A rescue operation continues, with more survivors thought to be trapped in the building, home to garment factories. Some 2,000 were inside the... More »

At Least 70 Dead in Bangladesh Building Collapse

Many trapped in rubble after latest garment industry disaster

(Newser) - An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh's capital this morning, killing at least 70 people and trapping many more in the rubble. Tens of thousands of people gathered at the site, some of them weeping survivors, some searching for family members. Officials say 600 people have... More »

Bangladesh Protests Leave Dozens Injured

Pakistani official offers $100K for filmmaker's murder

(Newser) - Hundreds of protesters clashed with police in Bangladesh today as rage over an anti-Islamic film continued to inflame the Muslim world, the Guardian reports. Scores were hurt in the nation's capital, Dhaka, when protesters threw stones and police fired back with teargas and batons. Police also arrested dozens of... More »

100 Dead in Bangladesh Fire

Blaze engulfs apartment blocks in Dhaka

(Newser) - Over 100 people have been killed in a fire that ripped through a crowded residential neighborhood in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The fire, caused by a fault in an electrical transformer, spread rapidly as it consumed chemicals in stores and small-scale factories, and quickly engulfed several apartment blocks, Reuters reports. More »

Bangladesh Ferry Toll Hits 58

Disaster strikes as people were disembarking

(Newser) - The body count in southern Bangladesh has hit 58 in the wake of a ferry that capsized as hundreds of holiday travelers disembarked yesterday. MV Coco hit a river shoal as it approached the terminal, breaking the hull and allowing water in. As passengers scrambled to disembark, the vessel then... More »

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