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A Mexican man who claims to have survived 16 months adrift on the Pacific was Saturday regaining strength on a remote Marshall Islands atoll as a navy ship was sent to pick him up.
 

The United Nations has confirmed that at least 48 Muslims appear to have been killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in an isolated corner of western Myanmar, a massacre that has been the vehemently denied by the government since it was first reported by The Associated Press just over a week ago.
 

A leading Azerbaijani gays rights activist killed himself after writing in an online suicide note that he could not go on living in “this country and this world,” police said on Thursday.
 

Nine-year-old Manjita Chaudhary had never spent a night away from her parents when her father sold her to a Nepalese policeman for US$25.
No justice for Nepalese girls sold by families into slavery

 

East Timor was “shocked” when Australian agents raided one of its lawyer's offices, the top U.N. court heard Monday, with Dili demanding the return of sensitive documents seized in the swoop.
 

A strike by doctors in Nepal left tens of thousands of patients with access only to emergency care Monday as physicians demanded sweeping changes to the country's medical education system.
 

Bangladesh's gay community has launched its first magazine in a bid to promote greater acceptance of homosexuals who face widespread discrimination in the conservative Muslim-majority country, the editor said Sunday.
 

Myanmar's army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a “historic step” towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.
 

The most powerful cyclone ever to slam into the South Pacific tourist destination of Tonga has destroyed villages, flattened trees and left at least one person dead, officials said Sunday.
 

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in Sunday for her second straight term as Bangladesh's prime minister and third overall, following one of the most violent elections in the country's history.
 
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