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Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to hang
A special Bangladeshi court on Wednesday handed the death sentence to the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for war crimes, in a long-awaited verdict that triggers fears of fresh violence.
 

As a Japanese schoolgirl in the 1970s, Kazumi Kaminaga had never seen something as cute as Hello Kitty when she first laid eyes on the moon-faced, mouthless character in a shop.
Hello Kitty at 40, giving adults a 'license to play'

 

New Zealand will hold a binding referendum in 2016 on changing the national flag, with Prime Minister John Key hoping to drop the current design featuring Britain's Union Jack in favor of a silver fern.
New Zealanders to vote on changing flag

 

The second and final day of talks was underway Wednesday between North Korean and Japanese officials assessing progress into an investigation of the fates of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea in the 1970s and '80s.
 

India's government on Wednesday handed a top court a secret list of 627 people suspected of stashing “black money” in foreign banks beyond the reach of tax authorities.
 

Mudslides triggered by monsoon rains swept through a tea-growing region of Sri Lanka on Wednesday, killing at least 16 people and leaving about 300 more feared missing, disaster officials said.
300 feared missing in Sri Lanka mudslides

 

Takata shares dropped in Tokyo on Wednesday after reports that the embattled Japanese auto parts maker is facing a U.S. class-action lawsuit over an air-bag defect that may have killed several drivers.
 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam's military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighboring nuclear-armed giant China.
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Malaysia's highest court on Tuesday opened two days of hearings expected to produce a final ruling on much-criticized sodomy charges against Anwar Ibrahim that could send the opposition leader to jail.
Malaysia opens final Anwar hearings

 

Myanmar has jailed seven men for lynching 10 Muslim bus passengers in an attack that sparked mass unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in the western state of Rakhine two years ago, authorities said Tuesday.
 
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