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Perth (Australia) (AFP) - Steve Smith and Brad Haddin led an Australian fightback after England found early success on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA Ground on Friday. Australia's top order again found itself in trouble as the home side slumped to 143-5, before Smith and Haddin steadied the ship. At tea, Australia were 220-5, with Smith on 58 and the in-form Haddin on 35, as the pair put on 77 runs for the sixth wicket. Australia lead the five-Test series 2-0 after big wins in Brisbane and Adelaide, and can secure the Ashes with victory in Perth.
Bangladesh was rocked by a new wave of deadly violence Friday as Islamist supporters went on the rampage to vent their fury at the execution of one of their leaders for war crimes. Abdul Quader Molla became the first person to be hanged for his role in the country's bloody 1971 war of independence from Pakistan when he was sent to the gallows at a prison in the capital Dhaka late Thursday. The hanging took place at 10:01 pm (1601 GMT) after the Supreme Court dismissed an appeal for a final review of the death sentence handed down to Molla, who was a senior figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party. Molla had been found guilty in February by a much-criticised domestic tribunal of having been a leader of a pro-Pakistan militia that fought against the country's independence and killed some of Bangladesh's top professors, doctors, writers and journalists.