A Dozen Dead in Dhaka

    An Islamic activist is caught by a policeman during a protest to demand that the government enact an anti-blasphemy law, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Sunday, May 5, 2013. The government in this Muslim-majority nation has rejected the groups' demands, saying Bangladesh is governed by secular liberal laws. (AP Photo/Rahul Talukder)

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    Authorities say at least 15 are dead and more than 60 wounded following a clash between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Led by Hefazat-e Islam, the protesters took to the streets to demand stricter laws against those who insult Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets, and stun grenades to disperse the tens of thousands rioting. A spokesman for police told reporters Monday morning that the harsh tactics were a last resort. “We were forced to act,” he said. The incident was unrelated to Bangladesh’s deadly April 24 factory collapse.

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