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War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Muslim Deportations

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SHAFAQNA - A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya Muslims, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. “This is not an abstract question…

Bangladesh delays repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, says 'a lot of preparation' still needed

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SHAFAQNA - The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting "a lot of preparation" was still needed. Dhaka had been due…

Four Rohingya Drown as Refugee Boat Capsizes off Bangladesh

SHAFAQNA - Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. People living…

UN says over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh

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SHAFAQNA - More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, said a UN report. The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible…

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on 'working group' for refugee plan

SHAFAQNA - Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed on Monday to set up a “joint working group” on the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugee who have fled to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told reporters after talks with a Myanmar…

3,500 of Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

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SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military buildup in violence-hit Rakhine state earlier this month, according to community leaders. Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh told AFP news…

Saudi to build hundreds of mosques to spread Wahhabism in Bangladesh

SHAFAQNA - Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost US$1 billion (S$1.39 billion) from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday, worrying minorities who fear they could be used to spread Wahhabism. The government…

Bangladesh: State Minister for Foreign Affairs calls for ensuring basic rights

SHAFAQNA - State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md. Shahriar Alam, MP led Bangladesh delegation to the Extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar, held in Kula Lumpur,…

Religions' solidarity conf. against ISIS, terrorism held in Bangladesh

SHAFAQNA - Religions and Sects solidarity conference against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) and terrorism was held with presence of Ahlul Bayt World Assembly's member in Bangladesh. Ahlul Bayt Bangladesh religions and sects solidarity…

Bangladesh blast kills policeman, wounded five during Eid al-Fitr prayers

SHAFAQNA - At least one policeman was killed and five others wounded Thursday following an explosion and a gun-battle near a mass prayer gathering to celebrate Eid in northern Bangladesh, police said. Only days after 20 hostages were murdered…

IHRC: "International community urged to help halt Bangladesh opposition leader's execution"

SHAFAQNA - The appeal comes after Bangladesh's Supreme Court rejected his final appeal yesterday. Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to death by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) in October…

Great British Bake Off winner proud to represent Muslims and Bengalis

SHAFAQNA - As the first female Muslim contestant on British reality TV culinary series The Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain naturally attracted a lot of attention. And even more so since winning the sixth season which aired in the…

Top Shia preacher stabbed to death in attack claimed by IS

SHAFAQNA- A top Shia preacher and homeopathic doctor has been stabbed to death in southwestern Bangladesh in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group, the latest in a series of killings by the dreaded outfit. Abdur Razzak, 48, was…

Playground CCTV clue in bid to find killers of muslim cleric, 64, who was bludgeoned to death as he walked home after Friday prayers

SHAFAQNA- Police investigating the death of a Muslim cleric who was bludgeoned to death in a children’s playground are examining CCTV footage which shows three men running near the scene of the crime shortly afterwards. Jalal Uddin suffered…

Bangladesh bomb attack on Shia Muslims at Ashura

SHAFAQNA - One person has been killed and at least 50 others wounded in a bomb attack on Shia Muslims in Bangladesh. Thousands of worshippers had gathered for the annual Ashura procession in the capital, Dhaka, when several home-made devices…