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Azerbaijan says 3 killed in fighting with separatist region
Fighting raged Monday around Nagorno-Karabakh, with Azerbaijan saying it lost three of its troops in the separatist region while inflicting heavy casualties on Armenian forces and the Armenian president warning that the hostilities could slide into a full-scale war.
 
Drought-stricken Palau could dry up completely this month, officials warned Monday as the Pacific island appealed for urgent aid from Japan and Taiwan, including shipments of water.
 
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country's new president, a ruling party official said Monday.
 
A Myanmar student leader on trial over protests last year that were violently quashed by authorities called on Aung San Suu Kyi's new government Monday to abolish laws repressing political activists.
 
Cambodia's parliament Monday approved a controversial draft law regulating trade unions, to the dismay of labor activists who fear it will curb their ability to protect garment workers -- the backbone of the economy.
 
Police in the Maldives used pepper spray to break up a protest by journalists and activists accusing the government of stifling press freedom, arresting and briefly detaining 19 of the journalists.
 
Prominent political prisoner Patrick Kum Ja Lee freed in Myanmar, many remain
A prominent political prisoner was released Friday after he finished his six-month jail sentence, coincidentally on the day that Myanmar's new, democratically-elected government began working.
 
Myanmar army MPs slam Suu Kyi role bill
Myanmar military MPs on Friday said a plan to bolster Aung San Suu Kyi's power with a special advisory role was unconstitutional, as the new civilian government tussled with the army just days after taking office.
 
Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly
Communist Vietnam named a woman for the first time to the influential role of chairperson in its rubber stamp National Assembly Thursday -- the country's fourth most powerful position -- state media said.
 
Aung San Suu Kyi's party moved Thursday to make her a special state advisor, as she cements control over Myanmar's first civilian government in decades from a position that could be akin to a prime minister.
 
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