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Nepal’s New Premier Names Protest Group Leaders as Deputies By

Nepal’s new prime minister appointed two deputy premiers on Monday, including an ethnic community leader who rallied protesters against the Constitution.

Indonesia Tries 7 Suspected Militants over IS Links By

Indonesia began trials Monday of seven men on charges of conspiring with terrorists and recruiting for militant groups, including Islamic State.


An ascendant Hindu nationalist group wants minority Muslims and Christians to accept that India is a nation of Hindus, pushing some to convert.


Staff deaths at Asia’s largest tuberculosis hospital in Mumbai are being underreported, highlighting India’s growing struggle to contain the disease.


Cows have become a tool of political parties, an electioneering code word and a rallying cry for both Hindu nationalists and their opponents.

Lawyer’s Son Back in China after Failed Escape Attempt in Burma By

The teenage son of a detained rights lawyer is under house arrest in China after being grabbed in Burma while trying to escape to the United States.

Smoking Set to Kill One in Three Young Men in China, Study Finds By

One third of all the young men in China will eventually be killed by tobacco unless a substantial proportion succeed in quitting smoking, say researchers.

Malaysia Arrests Lawyer Critical of PM Najib By

Malaysian police have detained the lawyer of a politician who has been calling for US authorities to probe an international financial scandal involving Najib.

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Endure Stress of Limbo, Stranded In Thailand By

After fleeing Burma, around 600 Rohingya are stranded in limbo in Thai shelters and immigration detention centers, many suffering badly from their ordeal.

Australia, Philippines Negotiating Asylum Seeker Transfer Deal By

Australia is courting a deal with the Philippines to transfer asylum seekers held in indefinite offshore detention, the country’s immigration minister said.

US Says Ready to Defend Against North Korean Nuclear Threat By

The US government believes North Korea has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon and stands ready to defend against any such attacks.

China Turns Firepower to Soft Power to Win Over Tiny Taiwan-Held Island By

Kinmen, a half-hour ferry ride to China, is eyeing closer commercial ties with its colossal neighbor, prompting a wary welcome from the local populace.

Christian Pastor Survives Knife Attack at Home in Bangladesh By

A Bangladeshi pastor survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity.

Australian Court Tests Legality of Offshore Detention for Asylum Seekers By

Australia's highest court will consider whether the policy of sending asylum seekers to Nauru for long-term detention is in breach of the constitution.

Japan’s Abe Set to Keep Allies in Key Posts as Attention Returns to Economy By

Shinzo Abe is set to retain close allies in a cabinet reshuffle, as he refocuses on the economy after divisive security legislation.

Indian Parliamentarian Charged with Raping 14-Year-Old Maid By

An Indian politician is arrested and charged with raping his 14-year-old maid, though he claims there is a political conspiracy to malign him before elections.

Historic Pacific Trade Deal Faces Skeptics in US Congress By

Twelve Pacific Rim countries reach the most ambitious trade pact in a generation, aiming to liberalize commerce in 40 percent of the world’s economy.

Thai Junta Picks 21-Member Panel to Write New Constitution By

Thailand’s military government appointed a new committee Monday to write a post-coup constitution after an unpopular earlier draft was rejected last month.

Cambodia Seeks Way Out of Post “Killing Fields” Mental Health Crisis By

The legacy of the devastating Khmer Rouge period has left millions of Cambodians with psychological scars the country is ill-equipped to deal, experts say.

World Bank Trims 2015, 2016 East Asia Forecasts By

The World Bank has cut its 2015 and 2016 growth forecasts for the developing East Asia and Pacific region, citing a sharp slowdown in China.

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