Clashes kill one as strike hits Bangladesh

Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists throw pieces of brick as they vandalise a bus during a country wide strike in Dhaka on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

A young ruling party activist was beaten to death during clashes in northwestern Bangladesh on Thursday as a nationwide strike called by the opposition shut schools and businesses across the country.

Thursday, 7 March, 2013, 6:55pm

Strike cripples Bangladesh as death toll rises to 80

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel stand guard during a nationwide strike in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: AFP

Schools and businesses were shut on Monday across Bangladesh on the second day of a general strike called by Islamist protesters, as three more demonstrators died in the deadliest violence since independence.

4 Mar 2013 - 6:49pm

Bangladeshi police shot dead two in riots

Part of a huge police cordon around the opposition headquarters. Photo: AFP

The clashes came a day after the Muslim-majority nation was hit by deadly violence between police and Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy, which left four people dead and about 200 injured.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58am

Riots erupt in Bangladesh after Islamist leader jailed for life

A member of an elite police unit swings a baton into an activist after he was arrested for vandalising a car during a strike in Dhaka protesting at the jailing of Islamist leader Abdul Quader Molla. Photo: Reuters

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth-highest leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was the first politician to be found guilty by the International Crimes Tribunal, a much-criticised domestic court based in Dhaka.

6 Feb 2013 - 4:16am

Northern Irish youths pelt Catholic church in latest ‘flag riots’

Loyalists react after being attacked by Nationalists throwing stones from the Nationalist Short Strand area of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Photo: EPA

Youths in Northern Ireland threw petrol bombs at police and rocks at a Catholic Church on Monday night as violence triggered by a decision not to raise the flag at Belfast city hall took on increasingly sectarian overtones.

15 Jan 2013 - 9:54am

29 police hurt during Catholic-Protestant clashes in Northern Ireland

Riot police stand next to a burned out car on Saturday night, after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: AP

Police in Northern Ireland fought day-and-night street battles with Protestant militants on Saturday, as a protest march to Belfast City Hall degenerated into riots.

13 Jan 2013 - 1:04pm

Bus torched, plastic bullets fired in Northern Ireland riots

Northern Ireland riot police officers confront Pro-British Loyalists who were launching fireworks, petrol bombs and rocks at Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland. Photo AFP

Police in Northern Ireland fired plastic bullets and water cannon on Friday as pro-British loyalists furious over restrictions on flying the British flag torched a bus and hurled petrol bombs at officers.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:21pm

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A union flag and statue of Queen Victoria in Belfast City. Photo: AFP

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10 Jan 2013 - 5:04am

Protesters pelt Northern Irish police with petrol bombs

Police dressed in riot gear clear Tempelmore of debris placed there by loyalist youths in Belfast. Photo: Reuters

Pro-British protesters pelted police with petrol bombs and fireworks in a sixth successive night of rioting in Northern Ireland’s capital of Belfast.

A crowd of about 100, mostly teenagers, attacked officers on Tuesday in the east of the city but police did not have to resort to water cannon and plastic baton rounds to stop the violence as was the case on Monday.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:16pm

Anger over crash response in Fuan city sparks riot against police

A photo circulated on Sina Weibo is said to show a van overturned during the riot in Fuan city on Saturday night. Photo: SCMP

Residents of a Fujian province city smashed an ambulance and overturned three police vans after a car crash over the weekend, as yet another relatively minor incidents resulted in public unrest on the mainland.

19 Nov 2012 - 4:50am

French policemen face trial over teen deaths that sparked riots in 2005

The boys' deaths sparked weeks of unrest in France. Photo: AFP

Two police officers could soon face trial over the deaths of two teenagers from a high-rise estate who were electrocuted in 2005, sparking the worst rioting in France for 40 years.

After seven years of legal wrangling, and lobbying by the boys' families, France's highest court on Wednesday overturned a previous ruling saying the case against the police officers should be dropped.

2 Nov 2012 - 5:03am

Teenage deaths case behind French riots re-opens

French gendarmes during a training exercise in Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France. The country's appeals court has re-opened a trial of two police officers. Photo: AFP

France’s highest appeals court on Wednesday re-opened a trial of two police officers accused of failing to help two teenagers whose 2005 electrocution deaths sparked riots across the country.

The brother of one of the two victims praised the court for overturning a lower court that had ruled last year to drop the case against the officers for lack of concrete evidence.

1 Nov 2012 - 11:30am