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Violence flares as opposition boycotts vote in Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Violence flares as opposition boycotts vote

Suspected opposition activists stabbed an election official to death and set more than 100 polling stations on fire across Bangladesh in a bid to disrupt general elections today that take place amid bloody street clashes and political vendettas. The opposition and its allies are boycotting the vote, a move that undermines the legitimacy of the election and makes it unlikely that the polls will stem a wave of political violence that killed at least 275 people in 2013. The opposition demanded that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina step down and appoint a neutral caretaker administration to oversee the election. He refused.

Ecuador

Jeff Bezos needed airlift after illness

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands for medical attention after suffering intense pain because of a kidney stone on Jan. 1, authorities in Ecuador said Saturday. Capt. Santiago Rubio, commander of the port of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, said Bezos was taken to the port and from there a short flight to Baltra island where his private jet was waiting to take him to the United States for care.

Elsewhere

Houston: Former first lady Barbara Bush praised the staff of a Texas hospital where she spent nearly a week being treated for pneumonia before going home Saturday. Bush, 88, had been at Houston Methodist Hospital since Monday.

Albany, N.Y.: New York would become the 21st state to allow medical use of marijuana under an initiative Gov. Andrew Cuomo will unveil this week. He will allow a limited number of hospitals to dispense marijuana for certain ailments.

Australia: A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica today to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said.



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Violence flares as opposition boycotts vote in Bangladesh 01/04/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 4, 2014 11:06pm]
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