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Bangladesh's top court on Thursday convicted a publisher of a leading newspaper of contempt of court for criticizing a judge, in the latest case against the country's media.

The Taliban have condemned a "horrific" video that appears to show fighters from the Islamic State (IS) group blowing up bound and blindfolded Afghan prisoners with explosives.

Bangladesh wildlife officials are mulling a ban on access to the Sundarbans after an alarming rise in poaching of tigers that live in the world's largest mangrove forest, rangers said Wednesday.

Nepal issued its first transgender passport Monday in a move which rights groups hailed as a breakthrough.

The death toll from severe flooding across Myanmar has topped 100, state media reported Monday, with nearly one million people affected as fears intensify for the country's crucial rice bowl region.
Myanmar flooding death toll tops 100, one million affected


An East Timor former guerrilla leader has been killed in a clash with police and troops, the government said Sunday, urging calm in the half-island nation.

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapakse Sunday denied his son was involved in the controversial death of a national rugby player as a magistrate ordered a fresh investigation.
Sri Lanka's former leader defends son over controversial murder claim


Nepal's rival parties have signed an agreement drawing up the country's internal borders in a breakthrough that paves the way for a new national constitution, the country's prime minister said Sunday.

One international service member and eight Afghan contractors were killed in an attack on a military base in the Afghan capital, a NATO official said Saturday. The nationality of the NATO soldier was not released.
Death toll in Kabul military base attack reaches 9: NATO


The father of a Palestinian toddler killed last week when their home was firebombed by Jewish extremists died Saturday of his injuries from the attack, which triggered Palestinian protests and an international outcry.
Father of arson attack Palestinian toddler dies


Dhaka vowed Saturday to hunt down the killers of secular blogger Niloy Chakrabarti who became the fourth such writer to be murdered in Bangladesh by suspected Islamist militants this year.

A U.N. human rights envoy said her whirlwind visit to Myanmar was marred by disappointments: She was barred from meeting long-persecuted Rohingya Muslims and talks with several senior officials were denied or canceled at the last minute. And when she met with government critics, security officials were there, quietly snapping pictures.

A huge truck bomb tore through central Kabul Friday, killing 15 civilians and wounding 240 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death.
Powerful truck bomb kills 15, wounds 240 in Kabul


A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh this year.
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