Bangladesh on Thursday hanged an Islamist leader known as the "Butcher of Mirpur", making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence. Deputy law minister Quamrul Islam announced the execution, saying Abdul Quader Molla, 65, a senior leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged by the neck at 10.01 pm (1601 GMT) in a jail in the capital Dhaka. Finally after four decades, the victims of the genocides of 1971 liberation war have got some justice," Islam told AFP. "It's the best gift for (the) nation as we celebrate the Victory Day on December 16," he said, referring to the national day that marked Bangladesh's independence war victory against Pakistan.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Continuing a furious pace of shuttle diplomacy aimed at securing an elusive Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by spring, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened meetings Thursday in the Middle East on his ninth trip of the year to the region.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An opposition leader convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971 was executed Thursday, a move that raised fears of new violence before next month's elections.