The world's two biggest fashion retailers Inditex and H&M, along with several other companies, have backed an accord aimed at preventing a repeat of last month's collapse at a Bangladesh factory building that killed more than 1,100 people.
A Bangladesh war crimes tribunal convicted and sentenced an Islamist party leader to death on May 9, raising fears of a repeat of clashes between police and protesters after similar sentences were handed down earlier this year.
Bangladesh's veteran politician and parliamentary speaker Abdul Hamid was today elected unopposed as the country's new President, a day after ruling Awami League nominated him for the top post.
If Bangladesh were to lose its preferential trading status with Europe over conditions in its garment factories, it could face hundreds of millions of dollars in duties and limits on access to its largest trading partner.
Bangladesh and India signed an extradition treaty and struck a deal to relax business visa restrictions between the neighboring countries.
Bangladesh has been named the fifth in the list of 173 countries that are most prone to natural disasters, according to a report.
Hundreds of Muslims in Bangladesh burned at least four Buddhist temples and 15 homes of Buddhists after complaining that a Buddhist man had insulted Islam, police and residents said.
Myanmar President Thein Sein's visit to Bangladesh has been postponed due to ongoing ethnic tensions in that country.