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India’s Top Court Rejects Appeal of 1993 Bombay Blasts Convict

India’s Supreme Court rejects a last-minute appeal by Yakub Memon, the only person to be condemned for a series of bombings in Mumbai in 1993.

Protests Over Nepal Constitution Injure Dozens, Police Say

Protesters clash with police in southern Nepal as the government tries to collect the public’s suggestions on the draft of the country’s long-overdue constitution.

Uniqlo Sex Video: Beijing Police Detain 4 People

The four were detained on suspicion of spreading obscene content, according to a police statement late Sunday.

Japan Ratchets up Criticism of China in Revised Defense Paper

Japan ramps up criticism of China’s land reclamation and offshore platforms in disputed seas in a hastily revised annual defense report.

Two Women to Vie in Taiwan Presidential Election for 1st Time

Taiwan’s top two political parties have each nominated a woman for president in 2016, a historic first signaling acceptance of female leadership.

South Korea Spy Found Dead with Note Denying Agency Targeted Citizens

A South Korean intelligence agent found dead in an apparent suicide leaves a note denying his team had used spyware to target private citizens.

Jailed Tibetan Monk Died of Heart Attack: China’s State Media

A prominent Tibetan monk, who died in jail in China last week, suffered a heart attack after refusing to see doctors, state media reports.

No Hanky Panky: SEAsia Apps Woo Investors with Local Expertise

Peekawoo is one of several dating apps set up by Southeast Asian start-ups to cater to tech-savvy, time-poor millenials living in largely conservative societies.

Separatist Yearning of Hong Kong Youth Spurs Mainland Bridge-Building

A new front uses increasingly aggressive tactics to demand an independent Hong Kong free from mainland China’s grip.

Coal Mine Collapses in Central Philippines, 3 Dead, 6 Missing

Three people are killed and six others are unaccounted for as an open pit coal mine in the Philippines collapses due to heavy monsoon rain.

Abe to Push Japan Security Bills Through Lower House, Despite Protests

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition aims to approve legislation that could see troops sent to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

China Meat Smuggling Crackdown Stokes Risky Underground Trade

Along China’s borders with Hong Kong and Vietnam, meat smugglers take bigger risks with food safety as a crackdown drives them deeper underground.

Thailand Confident It Can Avoid US Sanctions as Trafficking Report Looms

Thailand will likely avoid American sanctions even if it stays on the lowest tier of an annual US human trafficking report, Thailand’s defense minister says.

Rush for Shoes at India Festival Triggers Stampede, Kills 27

At least 27 people die in a chaotic scene by a riverbank in India, as pilgrims rushed to retrieve their shoes after a Hindu festival.

Hong Kong Student Leaders Charged Over Democracy Protest

Two Hong Kong students who rose to fame during pro-democracy demonstrations that angered Beijing last year are with obstructing police during a protest.

From Remote Outpost, India Looks to Check China’s Indian Ocean Thrust

Indian defense officials have plans to transform a modest military base into a strategic listening post with strengthened air force, navy and army capabilities.

Japan Security Debate Masks Clash of Views on Pacifist Constitution

Is Japan’s constitution a symbol of peace and respect for universal values or a reminder of humiliating defeat?

Two-wheeled Revolution: Pyongyang Installs Bike Lanes

North Korea installs cycle lanes on major thoroughfares running through Pyongyang in an apparent bid to cut down on pedestrian accidents.

Tibetan Lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Dies in Chinese Prison

Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in prison 13 years into serving a sentence for what human rights groups say were false charges.

Phuketwan Journalists Set to Stand Trial in Thailand Over Coverage of Rohingya Trafficking

Two Thailand-based journalists are set to face trial on charges related to the republication of material alleging Thai military members were involved in human trafficking.