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Thousands of Hong Kong students will begin a week-long boycott of classes Monday, the start of what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against Beijing's refusal to grant the city full universal suffrage.
 

Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama declared himself the ethnically divided Pacific nation's new prime minister on Sunday and promised "genuine democracy" and to work for all Fijians.
Bainimarama proclaims victory in Fiji poll

 

Three Thai men arrested in Cambodia for allegedly carrying counterfeit US$100 bills with a face value of more than US$7 million planned to circulate the fakes in rural areas where they would be less likely to be detected, police said Saturday.
 

Fiji's military ruler for the past eight years appeared to be headed to a decisive victory Thursday to become the South Pacific nation's elected leader.
Fiji's military ruler headed for big election win

 

A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau.
 

Bangladesh's highest court on Wednesday commuted the death sentence on a top Islamic preacher, triggering angry protests by both his Islamist supporters and secular opponents and clashes with police.
 

Thousands of Fijians got their first chance to vote in eight years Wednesday in an election that promises to finally restore democracy to the South Pacific nation of 900,000.
Fijians go to polls after 8 years of military rule

 

The Dalai Lama will convene a rare meeting of India's religious leaders to try to tackle rape, communal violence and other issues facing the world's biggest democracy, an aide said Tuesday.
 

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country's notoriously high child marriage rate.
 

It's a rural tradition that faded out decades ago as Hong Kong turned into a neon-lit megacity: rice seedlings being dropped into watery paddy fields with gentle plops.
 
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