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'Virgin' Category Scrubbed From Bangladeshi Marriages

High court says women can identify as 'unmarried'

(Newser) - Women in Bangladesh no longer need to declare if they are virgins before heading to the altar. The country's high court has ordered two major changes to marriage forms, which previously required women to choose one of three options to describe themselves: divorced, widowed, or the Bengali word "... More »

She Was Burned Alive for Reporting Assault. Now, Charges

Family wants justice for Nusrat Jahan Rafi

(Newser) - Nusrat Jahan Rafi was burned alive after reporting that her school headmaster had groped her. Now, 16 people have been charged in the Bangladesh teen's murder, the BBC reports. That includes the headmaster, Siraj Ud Doula, who police say ordered the hit on Rafi from prison after she refused... More »

It's a Grim Prognosis for Bengal Tigers

One of their biggest strongholds may be gone entirely in 50 years

(Newser) - One of the world’s largest populations of wild tigers will be without its major habitat in 50 years, according to a new UN study. Research published this month in the journal Science of The Total Environment predicts rising sea levels will be "enough to decimate" the few hundred... More »

Student Set on Fire After Reporting Sex Harassment

Police negligence alleged in Bangladeshi case

(Newser) - "The teacher touched me, I will fight this crime 'til my last breath," Nusrat Jahan Rafi spoke into a cellphone as she was taken to a Bangladeshi hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. She would die four days later, and now her case has gained... More »

She Gave Birth in February, and Then Again Last Week

Bangladesh's Arifa Sultana is just a bit overwhelmed

(Newser) - Arifa Sultana gave birth to her first child in late February. Her next two came less than a month later—via a previously unknown second womb. It was one shock after another for the 20-year-old Bangladeshi woman, whose water broke 26 days after her vaginal delivery of a premature baby... More »

Bangladesh: We Can't Take More Rohingya Refugees

They say Myanmar has made 'hollow promises'

(Newser) - Rohingya people fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar will no longer be accepted as refugees in Bangladesh, the country's foreign secretary says. Shahidul Haque has informed the United Nations Security Council that Bangladesh will stop accepting Rohingya Muslim refugees because Myanmar has made "hollow promises" during discussions on returning... More »

Wannabe Hijacker's Gun Wasn't Real

Mohammad Palash Ahmed was sporting a toy pistol when he was shot dead

(Newser) - A man who tried to hijack a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight on Sunday and demanded to speak to the prime minister of Bangladesh was shot dead by commandos after an emergency landing in Chittagong, and it's now being reported that the "weapon" he was seen with was just... More »

Hijacker With One Demand Shot Dead by Commandos

The unidentified male forced a plane to land in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A plane hijacker whose only apparent demand was to speak with the prime minister of Bangladesh—but who also complained of marital problems—has been shot and killed, Reuters reports. The unidentified male entered the cockpit of a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Bangladesh to Dubai Sunday and forced the... More »

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... More »

Probe Into Deadly Crash Cites Pilot's 'Emotional Breakdown'

51 people died in the US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 crash

(Newser) - In August, a leaked draft of the investigation into a deadly plane crash in Nepal suggested an insult directed at the pilot may have contributed to the crash. Now, the official release of the report confirms that. Per Reuters , it states that Captain Abid Sultan , 52, "seemed to have... More »

Parents Go to Jail, Woman Gets 'Uttermost Freedom'

'Monsters' tried to force then-teen to marry her cousin in Bangladesh

(Newser) - A British couple labeled "monsters" by their own daughter, who had to be rescued ahead of a forced marriage to her first cousin , will spend a combined eight years behind bars. A judge on Monday sentenced the father to 4.5 years and the mother to 3.5 years.... More »

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds... More »

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... More »

He Brought Meds to Rohingya. His Next Role: NYC Bomb Suspect

Akayed Ullah visited refugee camps in September, was angered by Muslims 'living in hell'

(Newser) - Weeks before he would be accused of detonating a bomb in a New York subway corridor, Akayed Ullah was a "happy" religious man, so "loving and giving" that he traveled hundreds of miles, at one point sleeping under a tree, to deliver medicine to Rohingya refugees. That's... More »

'Staggering' Numbers From MSF on Rohingya Killings

Aid group's field survey finds at least 6.7K were killed between August and September in Myanmar

(Newser) - Doctors Without Borders' field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar's security forces, reports the AP . The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said Thursday that it conducted the survey in refugee camps in Bangladesh.... More »

Nobel Winner Blasts 'Misinformation' About Rohingya Situation

Aung San Suu Kyi says people in Rakhine are being protected

(Newser) - Harsh criticism against Myanmar's de-facto leader in light of a violent campaign against a Muslim minority is unfounded, says Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement released by her office Wednesday, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" about violence targeting... More »

Devastating Images of Deadly Flooding Across the Sea

Nearly 1K killed in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Harvey is getting its proper attention in the US, but another devastating flood is unfolding in a different part of the world. Monsoon rains have triggered flooding and mudslides that have left more than 950 people dead in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, reports the AP . In all, about 40... More »

Kissing the 'Right' Way: Most of Us Don't Go Left

New research suggests this tendency might be innate

(Newser) - Dig if you will the picture: two people engaged in a kiss. Prince sang about "curious poses," but new research suggests that most of us may strike similar poses, leaning to the right instead of the left when kissing the lips of our partners. Researchers at the University... More »

'We've Arrested 27 People for Homosexuality'

Being gay is illegal in Bangladesh

(Newser) - Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested 27 men in a crackdown on homosexuality, a criminal offense in the Muslim-majority country, and plan to charge them with drug possession, an official tells the AP . A commander of the elite police unit that made the arrests says the suspects, mostly students aged 20-30... More »

Rare Disease May Have Struck Its 1st Female

Sahana Khatun was hospitalized with 'bark-like warts' on her face Sunday

(Newser) - It looks like we may have to start calling it "tree person syndrome." Sky News reports 10-year-old Sahana Khatun may be the first female in the world with the rare genetic disease commonly known as tree man syndrome. The Bangladeshi girl was admitted to a hospital in the... More »

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