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A Thai anti-graft official said ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra must face a "political punishment" for a costly rice subsidy scheme, as calls for her impeachment gathered steam Friday.
Impeachment calls crescendo as D-Day nears for Thai PM

 

Pope Francis said Thursday that his visit to the Philippines, Asia's largest Catholic nation, will focus on the plight of the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice — themes sure to resonate in a country where poverty afflicts nearly a fourth of the 100 million people.
Pope Francis says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

 

India's central bank cut interest rates by 25 basis points Thursday and signaled further reductions could come, in a surprise announcement to boost the flagging economy after inflation cooled.
 

A woman allegedly raped in an Uber taxi in the Indian capital “confidently” gave evidence Thursday against the driver at the start of his trial in a fast-track court, the prosecutor said.
 

A fatal Sydney cafe siege last month was Thursday officially declared a terrorist incident by the government so businesses can make insurance claims.
 

Indonesian divers on Thursday descended to the main body of an AirAsia jet that crashed last month, hoping to recover the bulk of the disaster's victims, a day after it was finally located by a navy ship.
 

When Suh Hyun-Woong showed his mother his first tattoo, she burst into tears.
South Korea's outlaw tattoo artists

 

Authorities were investigating Wednesday how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges River in northern India.
 

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Thursday the trial of two South Korean journalists charged with defaming President Park Geun-hye's brother as another example of increasing restrictions on free speech in the country.
 

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned Thursday the trial of two South Korean journalists charged with defaming President Park Geun-hye's brother as another example of increasing restrictions on free speech in the country.
 

Pope Francis departed Sri Lanka Thursday for the Philippines, Asia's most populous Catholic nation, where ecstatic crowds await the first papal visit in 20 years.
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Cambodian strongman Hun Sen marked three decades as premier on Wednesday hailing his role in rebuilding the war-torn nation, as rights groups lambasted him for using “violence, repression and corruption” to cling to power.
Cambodia PM hails 30 years, but activists decry rule

 

The surrogate mothers of nine babies fathered by a Japanese man and taken into care by Thai authorities last year have launched legal proceedings to regain custody of the infants, an official said Wednesday.
 

Japan approved its largest-ever defense budget for the next fiscal year on Wednesday, as hawkish Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to strengthen surveillance of territorial waters in the face of a continuing spat with China.
 
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