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DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — The execution of an opposition leader in Bangladesh sparked violent protests Friday as activists torched homes and businesses belonging to government supporters, leaving at least three people dead, in a fresh wave of bloodshed ahead of next month's elections.
Iranian negotiators halted nuclear talks with major powers to return for consultations in Tehran on Friday after Washington blacklisted a dozen companies and individuals for evading US sanctions, state media reported. "The Iranian negotiators interrupted the talks with the P5+1 for consultations in Tehran," a negotiator told Iran's official IRNA news agency. The decision to halt the talks in Vienna, which also involve the UN nuclear watchdog, came hours after Washington blacklisted a dozen overseas companies and individuals for evading crippling US sanctions on Iran's oil and baking sectors. The move prompted two top senators to bow to White House pleas not to introduce new sanctions in Congress.