Sheikh Hasina, the former prime minister,
had been barred from returning [Reuters]

Special courts will start hearing corruption cases against some of the most prominent people in Bangladesh next week.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Hasina, the former prime minister, is preparing to head home after she was temporarily exiled by the military-backed interim government.

All this as investigators are looking into Tuesday's bomb attack on a rail line, the first in several months.

Just what forces are at play in this small, impoverished country?

Sheikh Hasina interview

Watch Sheikh Hasina on Frost Over The World here

Are the leaders at a political impasse?

Will democracy survive? And who is best equipped to lead Bangladesh through these uncertain times?

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