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Angry Nepalis Wait for Quake Help as Death Toll Passes 4,000 By

Some of the tens of thousands stricken by a devastating earthquake have expressed frustration at what they said was their government's slow response to the crisis.

Thailand Seizes 3 Tons of Elephant Tusks Smuggled From Kenya By

Thailand seizes 3 tons of ivory shipped from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country’s history, one week after the biggest seizure.


The leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party threats retaliation if local elections being held this week are not conducted fairly.


Australia continues to lobby Indonesia to spare the lives of two Australians on death row despite 10 prisoners being told they could die within days.


Thousands of desperate Nepalese huddled under tents and sought scarce food and medical supplies on Monday, two days after a massive quake killed more than 3,200 people.

Google executive killed in Mount Everest avalanche after quake By

Dan Fredinburg, a Google Inc executive based in California, was among those killed on Saturday in an avalanche on Mount Everest caused by a devastating earthquake in Nepal, the company said.

Nepal seeks help, death toll seen rising after devastating quake By

Nepal urged countries to send aid to help it cope with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that killed nearly 1,400 people

Rescued Fishermen Stuck in Indonesia After Trafficking Ordeal By

Hundreds of fishermen rescued from traffickers almost three weeks ago are stuck in Indonesia due to lack of funds to send them home.

China to Crack Down on Strippers at Rural Funerals By

Chinese officials are launching a campaign to crack down on stripteases and other lewd shows that have become popular at funerals in some rural areas.

Thai Government Holds Talks With Politicians, Activists By

Thailand’s junta holds reconciliation talks with leaders of the party it toppled nearly a year ago, along with other politicians, academics and student activists.

Sri Lankan Police Arrest Former President’s Brother By

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother is arrested and a judge orders him detained for two weeks over alleged misappropriation of state funds.

Asian, African Nations Challenge ‘Obsolete’ World Order By

Asian and African leaders call for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers and jettisons “obsolete ideas” of the past.

Impoverished Indian Farmer Commits Suicide at Rally By

An impoverished Indian farmer died Wednesday after hanging himself in front of hundreds of other farmers who had gathered for a protest in New Delhi.

Bangladesh Garment Workers Still Face Abuse, Danger Despite Reforms: Rights Group By

Two years after the deadly collapse of the Rana Plaza complex, employees in Bangladesh’s garment sector still face exploitative and dangerous working conditions.

EU Warns Thailand on Illegal Fishing, Clears South Korea, Philippines By

The European Commission warns Thailand for failing to crack down on illegal fishing and threatens a trade ban if the country does not take action.

Hong Kong Unveils Electoral Reform Package, Vows No Compromise By

The Hong Kong government gave lawmakers their first look on Wednesday at a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city's next leader.

Honeymoon Over for Indonesian Leader as U-Turns Erode Authority By

Indonesian officials and palace insiders portray the president as sometimes out of his depth and struggling to get around entrenched vested interests.

Bangladesh’s Opposition Leader Attacked at Election Rally but Unhurt By

Assailants wielding iron rods attack the car of Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia as the vehicle speeds away.

Advocate: 5 Asylum Seekers on Nauru Set to Go to Cambodia By

Five asylum seekers will be among the first to take a deal allowing refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country.

Indonesia Military Launches Anti-IS Operation on Eastern Island By

Indonesia’s armed forces launch an operation against militants with suspected links to Islamic State amid growing concern about military involvement in internal security.

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