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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen urged patience Saturday as discontent over a drinking water crisis simmered in parts of the island nation following a fire that crippled a major desalination plant.
 

Police have detained 17 people from Myanmar over a string of gruesome murders in a popular Malaysian tourist destination, and believe the killings are linked to ethnic unrest in their native country, reports said Friday.
 

Sword-wielding Hindu devotees will transform a remote corner of Nepal into the world's largest abattoir this weekend when they slaughter hundreds of thousands of animals in defiance of a growing chorus of protests.
Hindus defy outcry over mass slaughter of animals in Nepal

 

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.
 

Cambodia's U.N.-backed court Monday adjourned the genocide trial of two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders until January 2015 after lawyers for one of the defendants continued to boycott proceedings.
 

Street vendor-turned-rights activist Nget Khun, known locally as “Mommy,” is a leading figure in Cambodians' fight against forced evictions. And at 75, she's just been jailed for a year.
 

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Yangon to scrap a controversial identity plan.
 

Veteran Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse confirmed Thursday he will seek an unprecedented third term in office, with snap elections expected early next year.
 

A bus plunged into a deep, fast-flowing river in western Nepal on Thursday, with at least 24 passengers feared dead, officials said.
 

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party admitted Wednesday it cannot win its fight to change a constitution that bars her from Myanmar's presidency, following a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections.
 

Myanmar's parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, annot be changed before elections in November 2015.
 

Scores of Myanmar students rallied illegally in Yangon Monday against a new education bill they describe as undemocratic, the latest in a series of protests that began during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.
Myanmar students march in illegal protest against new education bill

 

The captain of the small fishing vessel has spent most of his life helping fellow Rohingya Muslims escape persecution and hatred in Myanmar, but now even he is worried about the panicked pace the exodus has taken in recent weeks.
As fears rise in Myanmar, Rohingya exodus grows

 

Suspected Islamic militants have hacked to death a university professor in western Bangladesh, several years after he led a push to ban students wearing full-face veils, police said Sunday.
 
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