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In Bangladesh, will a legal system 'full of holes' prosecute those responsible for the Rana Plaza factory collapse?

Bangladeshis today are honoring the memory of those killed one year ago in the deadly factory collapse at Rana Plaza. Building owner Sohel Rana and several factory owners are in jail awaiting trial. Zafar Sobhan, the editor of the Dhaka Tribune explains why prosecution of the men would be a big step forward for the weak Bangladeshi justice system.

Arts, Culture & Media

News that a detained Syrian cartoonist is dead is impossible to verify

A Syrian cartoonist is arrested in October 2012 and disappears into the security services of Bashar al Assad. Now there are reports that the cartoonist died in prison, the cause described as everything from torture to an untreated illness. But not everyone buys the story. A dialogue begins on Facebook and Twitter about whether the cartoonist is really dead. His family -- and many friends and colleagues -- says he's still alive though they haven't seen or heard from him since the cartoonist was detained. Who to believe? That's the morose challenge for relatives, friends and colleagues of those arrested in war-torn Syria.