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August, 30, 2016

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Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of a horrific attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.
 
Calls for PM's arrest
Student activists hold up a caricature of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak during a rally calling for the arrest of "Malaysian Official 1" in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday, Aug. 27. The rally came following the implication of Razak in a U.S. government probe examining massive fraud in a Malaysian investment fund.
 
North Korea is making progress on a submarine-launched ballistic missile system but any deployment of the technology is years away, a U.S. think tank said, as the U.N. Security Council promised action over Pyongyang's latest test.
 
A Myanmar actor was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for scribbling curse-laden insults about the powerful army on his car, a police officer said Saturday.
 
Singapore shrouded in acrid smog sparked by blaze
Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year's first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.
 
Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermind
Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.
 
Hundreds of frozen pangolins seized by police in Indonesia
Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said Friday.
 
One pilot dead in Vietnam army fighter jet crash
A Vietnamese trainee pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed into a rice field, an official said Friday, the third deadly military plane accident since June.
 
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will highlight the importance of development and human rights during visits next week to Sri Lanka and Myanmar, two legs of a five-stop Asia tour, his spokesman said Thursday.
 
The Philippines' police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, escalating President Rodrigo Duterte's deeply controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives.
 
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