Bangladesh opposition charged with blasts
Dhaka—Bangladesh police charged 28 opposition officials on Monday including senior leaders over a series of bomb explosions at the weekend, as a nationwide strike again paralysed the country. Police said they had raided the house of the second-highest leader of the opposition early Monday, secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Alamgir, and charged other senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) officials.
Suu Kyi attends parliament on Wednesday
Yangon—Aung San Suu Kyi said she and other lawmakers in her opposition party will attend Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday for the first time and will take the oath of office though they still fiercely dispute its wording. Suu Kyi said she was not backing down on the issue, however. “Politics is an issue of give and take,” she told reporters in the main city, Yangon, on Monday.
Australian PM eyes next polls win
Canberra—Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday vowed to lead Labor to the next Australian election, as a poll showed her scandal-hit government is deeply unpopular and pressure mounted for an early ballot. Dogged by allegations that lawmaker Craig Thomson had used a former employer’s credit card to pay for prostitutes before he came to parliament, Gillard moved Sunday to clear the decks by ordering him to quit the party.
Lankan Muslims urge govt protection
Colombo—Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party called on the government on Monday to protect religious minorities after protests by Buddhist monks demanding that a 60-year-old mosque be relocated. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), which is a member of the ruling coalition, said it opposed shifting the mosque in Dambulla, 150 kilometres (93 miles) north of Colombo, saying this would be “disastrous” for the country.
Japan PM in US to refurbish alliance
Tokyo—The leaders of Japan and the United States meet Monday to look at new ways to cooperate in defense, hoping to show that the alliance is back on track after a rocky few years. Amid fears that North Korea will test another nuclear bomb, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will hold talks at the White House with President Barack Obama days after a deal on a thorny dispute over US troops.