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An Australian state on Tuesday formally apologized for "shameful" historical laws that saw people jailed for being gay, admitting the "state-sanctioned homophobia" ruined lives.
 
Plans by the Philippines' controversial president-elect to give late dictator Ferdinand Marcos a hero's burial triggered outrage on Tuesday, with martial law victims warning it would whitewash the strongman's crimes.
 
India routinely uses outdated and loosely worded laws to crack down on dissent, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, urging the government to repeal or amend legislation used to stifle free speech.
 
Cambodia may be suffering the worst drought for half a century but a ritual involving royal oxen on Tuesday nevertheless predicted a bountiful harvest this year.
 
Explosive incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has launched a series of obscenity-filled attacks on the Catholic Church, branding local bishops corrupt "sons of whores" who are to be blamed for the nation's fast-growing population.
 
Duterte's 'war on drugs'
Workers pour caustic soda, an essential chemical to the production of Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, into a drum of acid during the destruction of illegal drugs and laboratory equipment headed by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in Manila on Tuesday, May 24.
 
Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam after arms deal
After knocking down one of the last vestiges of Cold War antagonism with a former war enemy, President Barack Obama on Tuesday took his push for closer ties directly to the Vietnamese people, meeting with activists and entrepreneurs and arguing that better human rights would boost the communist country's economy, stability and regional power.
 
Obama lifts decades-old Vietnam arms ban
U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday lifted a half-century-old ban on selling arms to Vietnam, looking to bolster a government seen as a crucial, though flawed partner in a region that he has tried to place at the center of his foreign policy legacy.
 
18 students killed in Northern Thailand primary school fire
A nighttime fire at a dormitory of a primary school in northern Thailand killed 18 girls, many of whom had been roused by a dorm-mate but went back to sleep, thinking it was a prank, officials and the girl who sounded the alarm said Monday. The victims were between 5 and 12 years old.
 
India successfully launched its first mini space shuttle on Monday as New Delhi's famously frugal space agency joined the global race to make rockets as reusable as airplanes.
 
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