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Protests in Bangladesh over ailing former PM

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Bangladesh police fired tear gas and about 20 people were injured yesterday as thousands of opposition demonstrat­ors demanded that the government allow ailing former prime minister Khaleda Zia to fly abroad for treatment. Ms Zia, 76, arch-rival of current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, was admitted to the critical care unit of a hospital in Dhaka early this month after her health worsened, one of her doctors said. She is currently barred by a court from travelling overseas after being convicted on corruption charges in 2018. “She is critically ill and now urgently needs treatment in developed countries,” doctor AZM Zahid Hossain said.

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