Bangladesh Clashes Leave 44 Dead

At least 44 people were killed as police and protesters clashed in Bangladesh on Thursday. Violence erupted after Islamic leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death by a special war-crimes tribunal for crimes against humanity committed while the South Asian nation was fighting for independence from Pakistan in 1971. Hundreds of thousands of young protesters took to the streets to celebrate the news of Sayedee’s sentence and to demand further justice for war criminals. “This verdict is a victory for the people,” said one local blogger and protest organizer.