Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies met in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record four years after the civil war ended.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse hit back angrily Thursday against allegations of war crimes which are set to overshadow this week's Commonwealth summit, saying he had “nothing to hide” from his critics.
Bangladesh garment manufacturers have agreed to a US$68 minimum monthly wage for the country's four million garment workers after days of labor unrest forced the closure of hundreds of factories, officials said.
A woman was shot dead and several people injured in clashes between protesting garment workers and riot police in the Cambodian capital Tuesday, a rights group and family members said.
Riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns in Bangladesh during a protest over wages Tuesday that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured, police said.
Garment workers demanding higher pay have clashed with police and attacked factories in an industrial belt on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital.
The United States sharply rebuked the Maldives' top court after it suspended a presidential election runoff scheduled for Sunday, blocking a vote for the third time in two months.
Ballot counting began late Saturday in elections in the Maldives to choose a new president and avert a constitutional crisis after two previous attempts to select a leader were scuttled.
Bangladesh has launched a crackdown on the main opposition, arresting senior leaders after their party called a nationwide strike to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resign and call elections under a caretaker government.
Fourteen-year-old Monir, who sustained burn injuries when pickets set fire to his father's covered van on Dhaka-Gazipur highway during hartal hours last Monday, succumbed to his injuries early today.