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Bangladesh Charges Opposition Chief with Instigating Attack on Bus

Bangladesh police have formally charged opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia with instigating a petrol bomb attack on a passenger bus.

Obama Reveals Nuclear Breakthrough on Landmark India Trip

US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveil plans to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties.

Nepal Plunges into Turmoil as Politicians Scuffle over Constitution

Nepal plunged deeper into crisis on Friday after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution.

Thai Ex-Premier Yingluck Impeached, Faces Criminal Charges

Thailand’s military-appointed legislature impeaches former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a move that could further polarize a divided nation plagued by a decade of political turmoil.

As Obama Visits, Signs That India Is Pushing Back Against China

A new robust Indian diplomacy has delighted Washington, which has been nudging India for years to dovetail with the US strategic pivot toward the region.

Fearing Bad Business, Thai Community Votes to Evict HIV Hospice

Residents of a village near Pattaya have voted to expel 48 people living in a HIV hospice, highlighting lingering discrimination against Thais living with AIDS.

Manila: China’s Reclamation in Disputed Reefs Now ‘Massive’

China’s land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become “massive,” and continues despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official says.

Cambodia’s Freewheeling Internet Lands Autocratic Hun Sen in Quandary

For Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who this month celebrated 30 years in power, the Internet’s popularity is both a threat and an opportunity.

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Vows Democracy After Authoritarian Past

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says his new government will restore democratic checks and balances after a decade of increasingly authoritarian rule under former president Rajapaksa.

China ‘Has the Power’ to Introduce Tough Security Laws in Hong Kong

Tough Chinese security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control there after last year’s pro-democracy street protests.

Brawl in Nepal Parliament as Clock Ticks on New Constitution

At least three people were injured during a brawl in Nepal’s parliament, with opposition legislators in a heated debate over the nation’s new constitution.

Threats of Jail, Walkout Put Cambodia Truce on Shaky Ground

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen takes a swipe at the country’s opposition and threatens its lawmakers with jail, accusing them of breaching a political truce.

Diplomatic Appeals Won’t Stop Drug Executions: Indonesia

Indonesia is sticking to its policy of executing drug offenders, including foreigners, despite the withdrawal of Dutch and Brazilian ambassadors from Jakarta.

China’s Transgender Sex Workers ‘Marginalized and Vulnerable’

Transgender sex workers are among the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in China, facing exposure to HIV and abuse by police, a rights group says.

Indonesia Rejects Foreign Appeals, Executes 6 Drug Convicts

Indonesia brushed aside last-minute appeals by foreign leaders and on Saturday executed by firing squad six people convicted of drug trafficking.

Indian Spy’s Role Alleged in Sri Lankan President’s Election Defeat

Sri Lanka expels the Colombo station chief of India’s spy agency, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Loosening Beijing Embrace, Sri Lanka Reviews China Projects

Sri Lanka’s new government will review Chinese infrastructure projects awarded under the previous administration in a move bound to please Indian and Western powers.

Myth and Meaning in Tibet

Scholars probe the turbulent history of the territory known as the ‘roof of the world’ in a new book titled, “Tibet: An Unfinished Story.”

Thailand to Recognize ‘Third Gender’ in New Constitution: Panel

Thailand’s constitution will include the term “third gender” for the first time, in a move to empower transgender and gay communities.

Chinese Police Net Over 60,000 People in Drug Sweep

Police in China have arrested tens of thousands for drug-related crimes and seized more than 11 tonnes of narcotics in a vast, multi-city sweep.