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Zeba Siddiqui

In fear of the state: Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches

Dec 12 2018

DHAKA With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in self-censorship as a result.

Two dead, dozens injured in Bangladesh clashes as election nears

Dec 12 2018

DHAKA Political clashes in Bangladesh left two campaign workers dead and injured dozens more, police said on Wednesday, as tensions soared before a general election on Dec. 30.

U.S. to send observers to Bangladesh election amid opposition concerns

Dec 01 2018

DHAKA The United States will send 12 teams of observers and fund thousands of domestic observers to monitor an election in Bangladesh it hopes will be free and fair, a senior official at the U.S. embassy in Dhaka said.

Bangladesh attorney general says jailed leader Khaleda cannot contest election

Nov 28 2018

DHAKA Bangladesh's jailed opposition leader Khaleda Zia cannot run for office in next month's election, the country's top law officer said on Wednesday, increasing the uncertainty over the party's prime ministerial candidate.

Bangladesh factory safety group seeks to delay closure, flags lingering risks

Nov 28 2018

DHAKA A group set up by European fashion brands to improve factory safety in Bangladesh has sought a stay on a court order that calls for its local operations to end this week, its executive director said on Wednesday.

The aging 'uncle' seeking to bring down Bangladesh PM Hasina

Nov 27 2018

DHAKA An octogenarian former comrade of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's father in the country's independence struggle is now the face of an embattled opposition seeking to end her decade-long rule increasingly tainted by accusations of authoritarianism.

Exclusive: Rohingya repatriation, relocation plans set to be pushed back to 2019 - government official

Nov 19 2018

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Bangladesh's plans to tackle the Rohingya refugee crisis are set to be stalled until the new year with repatriation and relocation programs only likely be revisited after year-end general elections, a top Bangladeshi official said on Sunday. | Video

As India eases citizenship path for Hindus, Rohingya Muslims fear expulsion

Nov 15 2018

JODHPUR/JAIPUR, India Nar Singh can vividly recall the day in 2014 when Narendra Modi promised to provide refuge to Hindus suffering around the world. The 39-year-old shop owner sat awestruck inside his two-bedroom house in Pakistan's eastern Mirpur Khas district, as Modi's voice boomed from the television during his successful campaign to become India's prime minister.

Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamation

Oct 15 2018

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI Indian government minister M.J. Akbar filed a defamation suit on Monday against one of at least 10 women who have accused him of sexual harassment, calling her allegations false and malicious.

Indian minister calls allegations of sexual misconduct against him 'baseless'

Oct 14 2018

MUMBAI Indian minister M.J. Akbar described multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him as "wild and baseless" on Sunday and added he plans to take legal action against the women who have made the accusations.

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U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.