The sun sets behind Al-hussein Mosque on the first day of Ramadan in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 1.
Bangladesh is hosting the T20 Cricket World Cup. Dhaka has invested money in infrastructure projects for past regional sporting events, but done little to maintain them afterwards.
The opposition Bangladesh National Party's near-constant call for hartals, or blockades, brought many businesses to a halt, taking a toll on the vital garment trade.
The verdicts against members of the former Bangladesh Rifles for the 2009 uprising come amid nationwide strikes.
Two man-made tragedies have shaken Bangladesh recently: riots over Islamist demands for blasphemy laws and the garment factory collapse. Bangladesh's response to both will show how well it can meet citizens' needs. US retailers must also take responsibility for factory conditions.