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Killers of Popular Blogger Escape in Police Ambush

2 men who murdered Avijit Roy were on their way to court in Bangladesh

(Newser) - Two of the men who murdered a popular Bangladeshi American blogger are on the lam after a police ambush in broad daylight. The fugitives, already convicted in the 2015 murder of Avijit Roy, were being taken to court for a hearing on Sunday when multiple motorcycles disrupted their police escort...

Locked Factory Door Blamed in Bangladeshi Deaths

Officials say at least 52 are dead in fire

(Newser) - A fire engulfed a food and beverage factory outside Bangladesh's capital, killing at least 52 people, many of whom were trapped inside by an illegally locked door, fire officials said Friday. The blaze began Thursday night at the five-story Hashem Foods Ltd. factory in Rupganj, just outside Dhaka, sending...

7 Sentenced to Die for 2016 Terror Attack

Bangladesh extremists killed 20 hostages

(Newser) - A special anti-terrorism tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced seven members of a banned militant group to death for their involvement in an attack on a Dhaka cafe that killed more than 20 people. Judge Mojibur Rahman on Wednesday found the men from the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh group guilty of various...

A 'Big Bang,' Then an Entire Street in Flames

Fire in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills at least 81

(Newser) - A centuries-old section of Bangladesh's capital was struck by a fire that started Wednesday night, leaving at least 81 dead and an entire street gutted. Per the New York Times , fire officials believe the blaze in the Chawkbazar neighborhood of Dhaka began in a "mixed-use" building and that...

In the World's Most Crowded City, the 'World's Worst Job'

A look at the sewer cleaners of Dhaka

(Newser) - New York is America's most crowded city , at about 27,000 people per square mile. That's downright airy compared to Dhaka, Bangladesh, which ranks as the planet's densest city at 115,000 people per square mile. And as the Guardian reports, it's not just overflowing with...

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'...

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...

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,...

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:...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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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...

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...

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...

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,"...

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...

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