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Sri Lanka will bring legal reforms to encourage much needed foreign investment, as the cash-strapped island tries to turn its US$8 billion Chinese debt into equity, the prime minister said Sunday.
 
Kerry visits Kabul to 'support unity government'
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kabul Saturday on an unannounced visit to encourage the revival of peace talks with the Taliban and show support for Afghanistan's beleaguered unity government which he helped create 18 months ago.
 
Myanmar's government began releasing political prisoners on Friday under a plan announced by the country's new de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
 
Secular activist murdered in Bangladesh: police
A Bangladeshi law student who posted against Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.
 
A Bangladeshi law student who posted against Islamism on his Facebook page has been murdered, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of killings of secular activists and bloggers in the country.
 
Bangladesh gov't wells 'not fixing arsenic crisis'
Arsenic-tainted government wells are still poisoning an estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh, a number that is unchanged from 10 years ago despite years of action to dig new wells at safer depths, according to a report released Wednesday.
 
Nepal risks fresh unrest over charter: crisis group
Nepal risks renewed unrest unless it resolves a deadly dispute with an ethnic minority over the new constitution, the International Crisis Group said Tuesday in a report that sparked criticism from the government.
 
Myanmar ex-leader leaves office, joins monkhood
Myanmar's former president Thein Sein has shed his formal attire and his hair to join the Buddhist monkhood.
 
Sri Lankans protest China-funded 'port city'
Hundreds of people, including priests, environmental activists and fishermen, protested in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday, demanding the government halt a US$1.5 billion Chinese-funded port city project.
 
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.
 
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