India and China are competing for influence in Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina looks to maintain partnerships with the US and Europe while keeping new options on the table.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won another term in power in a contentious general election that was boycotted by the main opposition and drew a low turnout.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has just been re-elected for a fifth term in a vote boycotted by the opposition. Since she came to power in 2009, at least 600 people have disappeared, including opposition activists, businessmen and members of the student wing of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, according to Human Rights Watch.
Just ahead of the general elections, a fire in a passenger train killed at least four near Dhaka. Police suspect it was an act of sabotage, but have not named any suspects yet.
Bangladesh will hold parliamentary elections on Sunday. Opposition and rights groups have said the vote can be neither free nor fair — and accuse the current government of carrying out a brutal crackdown, arbitrarily jailing thousands of opposition party leaders and activists.
Bangladesh is heading towards a controversial election after the top opposition party declined to participate. However, the ruling party and election authorities insist the polls will be free and fair.
Millions of Bangladeshis are projected to be internally displaced due to environmental disasters in the coming years. The climate-induced migration presents huge challenges to the country's already overcrowded cities.
Bangladesh's main opposition party has decided to boycott the upcoming national election following a monthslong crackdown that has seen thousands of party leaders and members arrested.
More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Indonesia by boat this month. They have been fleeing Bangladesh's overcrowded refugee camps where conditions have worsened.
Bangladesh's garment worker unions have rejected a 56 percent minimum wage increase made by a government-appointed board on Tuesday, saying it doesn't cover basic living expenses. On Wednesday, clashes with police erupted in a garment industry hub on the outskirts of Dhaka, leading to the death of one worker.
Thousands of inflation-hit Bangladeshi garment workers have taken to the streets demanding higher wages. Factory representatives and workers' unions both say international fashion brands could help solve the problem.
Thousands of Bangladeshi garment factory workers have again taken to the streets to demand better wages and voice frustration with higher rent and bills. They're calling for the equivalent of 200 euros per month, with most currently earning 70 euros. Plus, the Bank of England holds its main interest rate steady at 5.25%, saying rates could stay high for an "extended period of time".