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Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet to tackle teen protests

Bangladesh authorities have shut down mobile internet across swathes of the country, officials and local media said Sunday, as the authorities try to quell massive student protests that have spiralled into violence. For the last week students have brought parts of the capital Dhaka to a standstill with a protest against poor road safety after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. On Saturday the protests took a violent turn in Dhaka's Jigatala neighborhood with at least 115 students injured. Witnesses said…

Bangladesh court grants bail to imprisoned ex-PM Khaleda Zia

DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia is set to be released from jail after a court on Monday granted her bail, her lawyer said. The 72-year-old leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was jailed for five years last month after she was convicted of embezzling money meant for an orphanage, a charge she had consistently dismissed as politically motivated. Since then she has been held in isolation in a special jail in the old part of the capital Dhaka pending an appeal. Her lawyer Zainul Abedin told…

Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar

DHAKA: One of Bangladesh's top writers was stabbed in the back of the head during a seminar in the northern city of Sylhet on Saturday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on authors and bloggers. Police said Zafar Iqbal, a bestselling science fiction writer, was rushed to hospital in Sylhet after the attack. "He was hit on the back of his head and he was bleeding," a police constable posted at the hospital told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Abdul Wahab, a spokesman for the Sylhet city police,…

Dhaka protests Myanmar airspace violation amid Rohingya crisis

DHAKA: Dhaka on Friday protested violation of its airspace by Myanmar drones and helicopter, as tensions escalate between the nations after nearly 400,000 Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh since last month. Bangladesh's foreign ministry in the capital summoned the charge d'affaires of Myanmar's embassy and warned that the encroachments could lead to "unwarranted consequences". "Bangladesh strongly protested the instances of violation of her air space by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on 10, 12 and…

Bangladesh stun Australia in historic Test victory

DHAKA: Bangladesh¬†Wednesday registered their first-ever win over Australia in Test cricket, beating Steve Smith's men by 20 runs in a thrilling match in Dhaka. All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan took 5-85 to help the hosts dismiss Australia for 244 shortly into the second session on the fourth day. David Warner top-scored with 112 for the tourists, who were chasing a victory target of 265 after dismissing the hosts for 221 in their second innings. Shakib lived up to his billing as the world's number one Test all-rounder,…

Australia cancels Bangladesh warm-up match over poor ground conditions

DHAKA: Australia has cancelled the only warm-up match of their two-Test tour of Bangladesh due to poor conditions at the ground, officials said Monday. The two-day match at Fatullah, slated to start Tuesday, had been in doubt since heavy rain partially flooded part of the field. It was the only warm-up fixture of the tour, Australia's first to Bangladesh in more than a decade. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) offered alternative venues but the Australians were reluctant to change at the last minute due to security…