Kidnapped civil engineer Tim Selby was still being held for ransom in Bangledesh for an 18th day as NCE went to press.
Negotiators were reported to be close to a deal with his kidnappers on Sunday after engaging in direct talks. It was reported that the Bangledeshi government had agreed to pay a ransom of Taka 10M (£125,000) for the safe return of Selby and two Danish colleagues but the kidnappers were said to have called off the deal. Selby, who works for Babtie, is being held in the dense forests of the Chittagong Hills. He was on secondment with Danish firm Kampsax, surveying a road project when he was seized on 16 February.