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Opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia on Tuesday urged Bangladeshis to march to the capital Dhaka at the weekend to protest against what she called "farcical" elections on January 5, and declared: "Democracy is dead." Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling Awami League want to do away with a tradition of introducing a caretaker government to oversee elections. The opposition, led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party head Khaleda, says it will not participate unless an interim government is installed and Hasina steps down. Khaleda, a former premier, urged people to stage the protest on Sunday. "Please come forward to resist the farcical elections on January 5 which the government is staging to steal power," she said. The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government's health care website arrived Tuesday, a day later than expected after the Obama administration granted an extra day to enroll. The one-day grace period was the latest in a series of delays that have marked the rollout of the health care law. Officials said they decided to extend the deadline to Christmas Eve to ensure people in different time zones and those experiencing technical problems that might result from a last-minute rush of applicants can sign up successfully. Iran wants to improve bilateral relations with the United States and other Western powers, President Hassan Rouhani said in comments published in a German newspaper on Monday, broaching an issue he has so far avoided since he took office. Rouhani won a landslide election victory in June promising a policy of engagement with the West and has had regular diplomatic contacts with the United States, but they have been limited to negotiations over Tehran's nuclear program. "We want to rebuild and improve our relations to European and North American countries on a basis of mutual respect," he said. Directors General of Military Operations of India and Pakistan met on the Pakistan side of the Wagah Border to discuss ways to reduce tension...