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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Mein Kampf a Top Seller in Bangladesh

'All the rage among educated,' says street vendor

(Newser) - Booksellers on the streets of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka have discovered a surprise hit: Adolf Hitler's manisfesto Mein Kampf. The tome is selling as well as Dan Brown's latest book, the Lost Symbol. "For some reason Hitler's book is all the rage among educated people," one street... More »

Rebel Troops in Bangladeshi Capital Surrender

(Newser) - Mutinous border guards in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka laid down their weapons today, ending the uprising that started yesterday and claimed at least 20 lives, the BBC reports. “All the rebel troops have surrendered with their arms,” a government spokesman said, and urged rebels outside the capital... More »

50 Dead in Widening Bangladesh Mutiny

Border guards take officers hostage as tanks roll through Dhaka

(Newser) - A growing mutiny among troops in Bangladesh has left 50 people dead and forced the army to unleash tanks on the streets of the capital, Dhaka. The unrest began yesterday when border guards rebelled over pay and work conditions and has spread to at least 12 cities throughout the country.... More »

Bengali Cyclone Toll Hits 1,100

Relief slowed as power, phones remain out

(Newser) - The death toll from yesterday’s cyclone in Bangladesh has risen to 1,100, and widespread power and telephone shortages are slowing relief work. The full devastation may not be known for days. Relief agencies have descended on the impoverished nation, but blocked roads and rivers make reaching the worst-hit... More »

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