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Midday Roundup: Federal judge upholds North Carolina voter ID law

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Legal limits. A federal judge ruled yesterday that North Carolina’s law requiring voters to show a picture ID at the polls is constitutional. “In sum,

Bangladeshi court rejects bid to remove Islam as state religion

By Anna K. Poole
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Bangladesh | Bangladesh’s top court this week finally rejected an almost three-decade-old bid to remove Islam as its state religion. The trio of high court judges said…

Bangladesh court considers revoking Islam’s state religion status

By Julia A. Seymour
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Bangladesh | The high court division of Bangladesh’s Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Feb. 29 over whether or not Islam can remain the South Asian country’s…

Secular publishers latest targets of deadly violence in Bangladesh

By Anna K. Poole
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Terrorism | For secular writers in Bangladesh, free speech is becoming increasingly lethal. And with threats to writers coming from at least three different militant…

Violence lashes Shiite Muslim self-flagellation rituals

By Anna K. Poole
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Terrorism | Over the weekend, explosive violence interrupted two Shiite Muslim processions in Bangladesh and Pakistan, raising both suspicion and denial of the Islamic…

Islamists detained in Bangladesh for trying to kill pastor

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested five militant Islamists suspected of trying to murder a Christian pastor. The five detained men are members of the…

Bangladeshi police arrest 12 linked to al-Qaeda in Asia

By Anna K. Poole
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Bangladesh | Last week, Bangladeshi officials arrested 12 men in Dhaka suspected of ties to the recently launched Asia branch of al-Qaeda. In a series of raids, local…

Australia dodges allegations of bribing human traffickers

By Anna K. Poole
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Southeast Asia | The seas of Southeast Asia are still churning with migrants stranded on boats, and despite the regional crackdown on human trafficking, opportunists abound.

Human trafficking thrives in Thailand

By Anna K. Poole
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Human Trafficking | Its national image marred by a reputation for rampant human trafficking, Thailand is entangled in another scandal. Tuesday, just days after the grim discovery…

The mortal danger of free thought in Bangladesh

By Anna K. Poole
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Bangladesh | Free speech in Bangladesh is legal but risky. A week ago, writer Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death as he walked home from…

Globe Trot: Israeli PM dissolves government, readies for elections

By Mindy Belz
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International | ISRAEL:Saying he won’t “tolerate opposition from within the government,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two key cabinet ministers, a…

Christians suffer violent persecution in Bangladesh

By Julia A. Seymour
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Persecution | The secular democratic Awami League party won one of the most violent elections in Bangladesh’s history last week. Street fighting, low turnout, and a…

 
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