Bangladesh

TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-di...TOPSHOTS Buses are parked at an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka on November 26, 2013. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Buses are packed into an inter-district bus terminal during a blockade organised by Bangladesh Nationalist party activists and its Islamist allies in Dhaka. Bangladesh opposition supporters went on the rampage, blocking roads and ripping up railway tracks after rejecting plans for a January 5 election, plunging the nation into fresh political turmoil. 

Bangladeshi commuters travel along a str...Bangladeshi commuters travel along a street during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Dhaka on November 13, 2013. Led by the BNP, the 18-Party alliance is trying to enforce a 84-hour general strike across Bangladesh to back their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct the upcoming parliament polls and to protest the arrest of its senior leaders. TOPSHOTS      AFP PHOTO/ Munir uz ZAMANMUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Commuters take to their bikes in Dhaka during a nationwide strike called by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which left thousands of buses, minibuses and trucks idled. Led by the BNP, an 18-Party alliance is encouraging an 84-hour strike to support their demand for a non-party neutral caretaker to conduct upcoming parliamentary polls and to protest about the arrest of its senior leaders.

Hazaribagh's Tanneries Contribute To Its Status As One Of World's Most Polluted Places...DHAKA, BANGLADESH - NOVEMBER 11: Men work with animal fat that will be turned into glue, November 11, 2013 in the Hazaribagh neighborhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazaribagh was just listed in a report by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute as the 5th most polluted place on earth. It houses 95% of Bangladesh's leather tanneries, and every day they dump 22,000 cubic liters of toxic waste, including the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, into the capital city's main river and key water supply, the Burgiganga. Most of the laborers work with the hazardous chemicals without any safety precautions, and there have been reports of horrific workplace accidents in the factories. Residents of the neighborhood slums are exposed to the extreme air, water and soil pollution. The tanneries export millions of dollars of leather good around the world, including the US and Europe. (Photo by Getty Images)

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Men carry animal fat that will be turned into glue, in the Hazaribagh neighbourhood of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hazaribagh has been listed in a report by Green Cross Switzerland and Blacksmith Institute as the fifth most polluted place on earth. It houses 95 per cent of Bangladesh’s leather tanneries, which every day dump 22,000 cubic litres of toxic waste, including the cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, into the capital city’s main river and key water supply, the Buriganga. 

A prisoner stands looking out of a window of a courthouse before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny is announced, in Dhaka November 5, 2013. A special court in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced to death more than 150 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson at the headquarters of the country's border guards in 2009.

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A prisoner looks out of a courthouse window in Dhaka, Bangladesh, before the verdict for a 2009 mutiny by the Bangladeshi Rifles is announced. A special court on Tuesday sentenced to death 152 people, from among hundreds of mutineers accused of murder and arson.

Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi...Bangladesh Nasir Hossain, foreground on top, and teammate Sohag Gazi stretch during a practice session ahead of their one-day international (ODI) cricket match against New Zealand in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. They will play their first ODI match on Oct. 29. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Bangladesh Nasir Hossain, foreground on top, and teammate Sohag Gazi stretch during a practice session ahead of their one-day international (ODI) cricket match against New Zealand in Dhaka, in Bangladesh

Factory fire kills at least nine in Bangladesh

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People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

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A Bangladesh homeless woman sleeps at a bus shelter in Dhaka under a billboard advertising toiletries. The latest Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Report, released by the UNDP, indicates that less than a third of people in Bangladesh now live below the national poverty line.

Bangladeshi rickshaw pullers take rest inside a cable reeler in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

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Rickshaw pullers take a rest inside a cable reeler in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Monday.

Bangladeshi women hold photos of their missing relatives at the site of Rana Plaza building collapse, the worst tragedy in the history of the global garment industry, in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Women hold photos of their missing relatives at the site of the Rana Plaza factory building, which collapsed in April crushing more than 1,100 people, in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh - the worst tragedy in the history of the global garment industry

Bangladeshi children cool off at Mohammadpur Geneva camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Mohammadpur Geneva Camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Dhaka City.

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Bangladeshi children cool off at Mohammadpur Geneva camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Mohammadpur Geneva Camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Dhaka City.

Bangladeshi family members and activists look at portraits of workers of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed killing over 1,000 people, on the three-month anniversary of the accident in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, July 24, 2013. Hundreds of garment workers and activists staged demonstrations at the site of the accident, demanding compensation for the survivors and a full account of the missing. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Family members and activists look at pictures of factory workers of the Rana Plaza, in Bangladesh, three months after the building collapsed, killing more than 200. Hundreds of garment workers and activists staged demonstrations at the site, demanding compensation for the survivors and a full account of the missing. 

A Bangladeshi vendor displays traditional food as Muslims crowd the area to break their fast on the first day of Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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A Bangladeshi vendor displays traditional food as Muslims crowd the area to break their fast on the first day of Ramadan in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

A Bangladeshi labourer spreads out recycled plastic shards to dry by a river in Dhaka on July 8, 2013. According to studies conducted in recent years, thw Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) collects in excess of 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. The average collection rate is around 137 tonnes per day.  The plastic recycling industry of the Bangladeshi capital is playing a important role in saving the city from being submerged in a sea of plastic.

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A Bangladeshi labourer spreads out recycled plastic shards to dry by a river in Dhaka. According to studies conducted in recent years, the Dhaka City Corporation collects in excess of 50,000 tonnes of plastic waste annually. The average collection rate is around 137 tonnes a day. The plastic recycling industry of the Bangladesh capital is playing a important role in saving the city from being submerged in a sea of plastic.

In this image taken Saturday, June 15, 2013, Bangladeshi garment worker Rikta, 27,  who worked on the 3rd floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rikta had her right arm amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)

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Garment worker Rikta, 27, who worked on the third floor of Rana Plaza, poses for a portrait at Enam Medical College, in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rikta had her right arm amputated inside the rubble when she was rescued nearly 72 hours after the building collapsed. 

A Bangladeshi woman and her husband negotiate with a taxi driver in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, June 18, 2013.

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A Bangladeshi woman and her husband negotiate around the heavy traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Relatives of victims attend prayer after paying tribute to Building collapse victims...epa03709552 Relatives of the victims cry as they attend prayer and paying tribute to the victims of a building collapse at the graveyard at Jurain in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 May 2013. Over 290 unclaimed bodies were burried after the DNA samples were taken while 1,127 workers died after the eight-story building Rana Plaza, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed in Savar on 24 April 2012.  EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

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Relatives attend prayer at the Jurain graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday and pay tribute to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse. More than 290 unclaimed bodies were buried. The death total was 1,127 after the eight-story building, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed in Savar on April 24. 

A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for iternally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 17, 2013.  Bangladesh and Myanmar cleaned up on May 17 after a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

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A Muslim Rohingya man works on constructing a tent after arriving back to a camp for internally displaced people in the village of Mansi on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar, on Friday. After a killer cyclone wrecked thousands of homes, Bangladesh and Myanmar were relieved that the damage was not much worse after the storm weakened as it made landfall. At least 40 people were either killed by Cyclone Mahasen or while trying to flee its impact, including 25 Muslim Rohingya whose bodies washed up on the shores of Bangladesh after their boat capsized while sailing from Myanmar.

Rohingya women sit in front of their rel...Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on May 15, 2013. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than eight million people, according to the UN.  AFP PHOTO / SOE THAN WINSoe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Rohingya women sit in front of their relief tent at the Mansi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe on Wednesday. A cyclone threatening to lash low-lying coastal areas of Bangladesh and Myanmar appears to have weakened, but still poses a risk to more than 8 million people, according to the UN. 

An army soldier takes part in a special prayer in front of the damaged site after the end of the rescue work after 20 days following the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 May 2013. Reports state that the death toll rose to over 1,127 and 2,438 people rescued alive after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed on 24 April 2012.

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An army soldier takes part in a special prayer in front of the damaged site in Bangladesh as 20 days of rescue work comes to an end following the building ‘s collapse in Savar, Dhaka, on April 24. The eight-story Rana Plaza mostly housed garment factories and reports state that the death toll rose to more than 1,127, while 2,438 people were rescued alive.

Bangladeshi rescuers retrieve garment wo...Bangladeshi rescuers retrieve garment worker Reshma from the rubble of a collapsed building in Savar on May 10, 2013, seventeen days after the eight-storey building collapsed.  The death toll from last month's collapse of a garment factory complex in Bangladesh rose past 1,000 as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter. AFP PHOTO/STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

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Bangladeshi workers rescue garment worker Reshma from the rubble of the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar on Friday, 17 days after the eight-storey building collapsed. The death toll from last month’s garment factory complex disaster has risen past 1,000, as piles of bodies were found in the ruins of a stairwell where victims had sought shelter.