Anger as Bangladesh refuses to decriminalise homosexuality

Gay rights activists have criticised the Bangladeshi government after it rejected recommendations to remove a clause in its penal code which criminalises gay relationships.

February 2013: Bangladeshi activists participate in a candlelight vigil demanding the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Kader Mullah and others convicted of war crimes during the nation's independence war in 1971

Bangladesh braced for clashes as Islamist leader Abdul Kader Mullah is sentenced to death

Violent scenes expected after court overturns life term for war criminal and orders his hanging

Protests over Bangladesh power plant near tiger reserve

The Bangladesh government is pressing ahead with the construction of a £1m coal-based power plant 14 kilometres from the world’s largest mangrove forest.

Aaron Finch hits out on his way to making a world record international T20 score of 156

Brutal Aaron Finch finally puts on a show for Australia

Australia 248-6 England 209-6 (Australia win by 39 runs)

Gary Ballance smashes a six to complete a century for Yorkshire against Warwickshire earlier this month

Championship tilt being tipped in Yorkshire's favour by brilliance of Gary Ballance

Batsman averages over 60 this year and has put the White Rose on the verge of a first title in 12 years

A metal object hidden in underwear will immediately alert airport security

Girls escape forced marriage by concealing spoons in clothing to set off metal detectors at the airport

As airline staff are put on alert over summer, charity says cutlery trick has halted unwanted unions

Darren Stevens pictured in action last month

Kent all-rounder Darren Stevens charged by ICC over failure to report corrupt approach

The incident occurred while playing in the Bangladesh Premier League

Nine Bangladesh cricketers charged with match-fixing

The International Cricket Council has charged nine Bangladesh cricketers and officials with match-fixing and other related offences allegedly committed during this year's Bangladesh Premier League.

Michael Clarke reacts after he is bowled for 187 by Stuart Broad

John Townsend: Michael Clarke's majesty highlights the yawning chasm in batting order

The Aussie Angle: The more he props up the top order, the wider the gap appears

The attack happened in the Sunamganj region of Bangladesh, pictured

British woman is killed in Bangladesh during violent jewel robbery

The 43-year-old was visiting relatives when she was attacked for her valuables

Bangladesh’s main Islamic party barred from politics

Six leaders have been convicted of crimes in connection with the war of independence

BAT aims to lead growing market for e-cigarettes market

British America Tobacco is aiming to become the UK’s lead supplier of e-cigarettes after it became the first major tobacco company to put them on sale this week.

Cricket World Cup brings old adversaries together again

As if England and Australia won't have seen enough of each other over the previous two years with back-to-back Ashes tours, the old adversaries have been drawn in the same group for the next World Cup in 2015. They meet in Melbourne on the opening day, 14 February.

England captain Alastair Cook (left) and New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum (right) pose with the Cricket World Cup Trophy

England drawn against hosts Australia for 2015 Cricket World Cup

New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qualifying nations will join the Ashes rivals in Pool A of the 14-team tournament

Joe Root is one of Yorkshire's top cricketers

Yorkshire rose in full bloom again

The county could be heading for another championship and their best players are starring for England

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