May 19, 2015

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

Australia reiterated its backing Tuesday for its regional neighbors’ efforts to stem a surge in boat people in Southeast Asia by turning back vessels — a controversial strategy to deter people-smuggling also used by Canberra. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have sparked international outrage by ...

May 12, 2015

Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A masked gang wielding machetes hacked a secular blogger to death Tuesday in northeastern Bangladesh in the third such deadly attack since February, police said. “Attackers wearing masks hacked Ananta Bijoy Das with machetes in Sylhet city at around 8:30 a.m. this morning. We ...

6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

May 12, 2015

6,000 Bangladeshis, Rohingya stranded at sea

Hundreds of migrants abandoned at sea by smugglers in Southeast Asia have reached land and relative safety in the past two days. But an estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar remain trapped in crowded, wooden boats, migrant officials and activists said. With ...

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

May 6, 2015

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

Nepal’s earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighboring countries that have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters and where shoddy construction and rapid urbanization could lead to death on an even greater scale next time round, experts say. Given its ...

Apr 28, 2015

Mominul keys Bangladesh's good start in first test

Mominul Haque scored 80 as Bangladesh made an impressive start in the first test against Pakistan on Tuesday, reaching 236 for four by stumps on the opening day. The talented 23-year-old left-hander batted fluently to pass 50 for the 12th time in his first ...

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official  for war crimes

Apr 12, 2015

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official for war crimes

Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man’s supporters. One prison official, speaking on condition of ...