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After Nun Rape, India Cardinal Says Protect Humans, Not Just Cows

The head of India’s Catholic bishops says the country should be as concerned about the welfare of its people as it is about its cows.

Bangladesh Court Indicts 8 in Dhaka Blogger Murder

A court in Bangladesh’s capital has indicted a leader of an Islamist group and seven students in the 2013 hacking death of an atheist blogger.

Thai PM Says to Limit Use of Martial Law, Military Courts

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha calls for a reduction in the use of martial law, but makes no mention of plans to scrap it.

US Urges Allies to Think Twice Before Joining China-led Regional Bank

The US urges countries to think twice before joining a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank.

Indian Opposition Unites to Oppose Modi Land Reform Push

India’s opposition parties joined forces on Tuesday for a march against a bill to ease land acquisition rules, threatening the Prime Minister’s economic overhaul plans.

Malaysian Police Arrest Daughter of Jailed Opposition Leader

Police arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged sedition on Monday, a move slammed by critics as a clampdown on dissent.

Four Thai Activists to Face Military Court in ‘Landmark Case’

Thai activists face military court on charges of violating orders banning public gatherings in what has been called a “landmark case” by the Thai junta.

UN Says 24 Dead in Vanuatu After Cyclone Pam 

Relief workers try to reach Vanuatu’s remote islands that were smashed by a cyclone, amid UN reports that 24 people are dead and 3,300 displaced.

US Ambassador Attack Renews Focus on Contentious South Korean Security Law

Efforts to charge a nationalist over a knife attack on the US ambassador renew debate about using a state security act as a political weapon.

Aid Teams Report Devastation and Death After Vanuatu Cyclone

Early reports from the outer islands of Vanuatu paint a picture of utter destruction after a monster cyclone tore through the South Pacific island nation.

China to Press on with Reform Despite Pain for Some

Premier Li Keqiang has expressed determination to press ahead with reforms to reduce government direction of the economy, despite the threat to vested interests.

Secret Historians Preserve Past in China Amid State Amnesia

For China’s secret historians, who risk personal security to unravel a past concealed by the state, truth-telling is nothing less than an act of defiance.

Is China’s Biggest Public Political Event Relevant?

The Chinese public is increasingly disenchanted over its lack of involvement in an annual legislature that does little to hold the government to account.

Chinese Police Detain Five Women’s Rights Activists

China detains five women’s rights activists, apparently for planning to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, paving the way for formal charges.

Impeachment Recommended for 250 Ex-Lawmakers in Thailand

Thailand’s anti-corruption body has recommended that 250 former lawmakers be impeached, in the latest move targeting supporters of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Top Diplomats Set to Meet to Discuss China, South Korea, Japan Summit

Foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China will meet in a bid to resolve tensions over Japan’s wartime past and discuss a trilateral summit.

China Defends Sri Lankan Project in Test of Its Push to Invest Abroad

Sri Lanka’s suspension of a project on land reclaimed from the Indian Ocean proves a test of Beijing’s ambitions to fund major infrastructure ventures abroad.

Big Brands Should Fight Cambodian Labor Abuse: Rights Group

Human Rights Watch has called for leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H&M to help alleviate labor abuses at factories that manufacture their products.

Testing Beijing, Japan Eyes Growing Role in South China Sea Security

Japan is quietly moving back into the South China Sea, forging security ties with Southeast Asian nations to counter China’s territorial ambitions.

China Says Muslim Uighurs Have Joined Islamic State Group 

Chinese officials say members of the Muslim Uighur ethnic minority have gone overseas to fight with the Islamic State group.