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Bangladesh flood death toll rises

The death toll from floods in Bangladesh rose to 65 on Friday as relief workers struggled to reach millions of people stranded in their villages without food or clean water, officials said. Twenty-three of the country's 64 districts in the north, centre and east were at least partly submerged by the flooding caused by snow melt and heavy monsoon downpours.

World’s biggest bat tours Bangladesh

<a href="http://www.mg.co.za/specialreport.aspx?area=cwc_home"><img src="http://www.mg.co.za/ContentImages/300732/Icon_CWC.gif" align=left border=0></a>A Bangladeshi firm has sent what it says is the world's biggest cricket bat on a signature tour to drum up support for the national team at the Caribbean World Cup, a company official said on Thursday. The 22m-long bat has been signed by thousands since its began its nationwide journey from the northern city of Rangpur.

Bangladesh man finds happiness up a palm tree

Tired of trying to get a bit of peace and quiet in one of the world's most densely populated countries, a Bangladeshi man with a head for heights has hit on the perfect solution. Each day carpenter and aspiring writer Salim Hossen Gaus, aged 25, winches himself 30m in a precarious home-made pulley to a small wooden platform he has built at the top of a palm tree.

Bangladesh shut down by opposition blockade

Thousands of security personnel patrolled Bangladesh's capital on Sunday as opposition parties began a nationwide transport blockade to try and force electoral reform ahead of polls this month. Dhaka's usually bustling streets were empty of cars and buses on Sunday, a working day in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, and schools and colleges were shut.

Militants to be put to death for Bangladesh bombings

A court sentenced 21 Islamic militants to death on Tuesday for their part in a deadly wave of blasts that saw more than 400 bombs explode almost simultaneously across Bangladesh last year. The bombings killed three people and rocked a nation which had previously denied having a serious problem with extremism.

Gift-wrapped finger fails to impress

A lovelorn Bangladeshi chopped off one of his fingertips, wrapped it in gift paper and gave it to the girl he wanted to marry as a token of his love, officials said on Monday. But the gesture failed to impress 18-year-old Sahera Khatun, whose horrified father complained to village elders in the north-western district of Gaibandha.

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