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Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk

COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, the secretary general of the hardline Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) or “Buddhist Power Force”, was found guilty of having threatened the woman, Sandhya Eknaligoda. “I have done my duty towards the country,” Gnanasara told reporters as he boarded…

Bangladesh hangs extremist leader over 2005 blast

DHAKA, BANGLADESH: Prison authorities in Bangladesh's southern city of Khulna on Sunday executed a senior extremist whose banned group has been linked to the murder of foreign hostages, police said. Asadul Islam, 42, a leader of the outlawed Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was hanged for his role in a 2005 blast that killed two judges. Bangladesh has blamed the JMB for a July 1 attack on an upmarket Dhaka cafe in which 22 people, mostly foreign hostages, were shot and hacked to death. "He was hanged to death at…