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Bangladeshi protesters clash with police during general strike


Protesters threw homemade bombs and police fired tear gas to disperse crowds as opposition activists enforced a daylong general strike in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Tuesday. There were no reports on the number of injured in the clashes. A coalition of 18 opposition parties demanded that a caretaker government be restored before the next national elections set for 2014. Coalition representatives also want their leaders facing charges of crimes against humanity to be freed from jail. Schools and businesses remained closed in Dhaka and other major cities on Tuesday. Transportation was largely disrupted across the country.

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