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The devices were about 16-inches long and were filled with an explosive but were not detonated, police spokesman Stefan Redlich said. An explosion of the aluminum pipes could have caused serious or deadly injuries within a perimeter of about 50 feet, he added.


Suu Kyi gets first passport in 24 years

YANGON — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi received her first passport in 24 years on Tuesday ahead of a planned trip to Norway and Britain.

An aide to Ms. Suu Kyi, Htin Kyaw, said the passport was received from the Home Ministry.

Ms. Suu Kyi applied for the passport following recent political reforms that culminated in her election to parliament last month.


Cabinet minister criticizes Clinton over bank remarks

DHAKA — A Cabinet minister Tuesday criticized Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for implying that the Bangladeshi government is interfering with the internationally acclaimed microlender Grameen Bank.

Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith said the government has never meddled in the bank and denied claims by its founder, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, that the administration is trying to take it over.

“Can you say what problems have you seen over the past one year in the bank’s operation,” he asked. “Everything is going well.

Mr. Muhith said Mrs. Clinton’s comments were “unwarranted” and that the government would not change its policy toward Grameen.

“Whatever Hillary says, we are maintaining our previous position,” he said.

Mrs. Clinton told a town hall audience in Dhaka on Sunday that Grameen Bank was a “tremendous” model for the developing world and that its structure should not be tinkered with.

Mrs. Clinton is a personal friend of Yunus and met with him for about 45 minutes at the U.S. ambassador’s residence before the town hall.

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