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Myanmar's president says his government and the military, which gave up power only five years ago, will respect the results of Sunday's elections that are expected to be won by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party.
Myanmar president says military will respect outcome of election


The Maldives parliament on Thursday approved a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen and used extraordinary powers to sack his estranged deputy despite mounting international concern.
Maldives impeaches VP while the pressure to lift emergency mounts


Myanmar's democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday vowed to run the government if her opposition party wins this Sunday's landmark election, despite being barred from the presidency.
Suu Kyi vows to 'run the gov't' if her party wins Myanmar poll


Three men charged with brutally beating two Cambodian opposition MPs last week are members of the country's military, police said Thursday following the assault that has reignited political tensions in the kingdom.

Violence against women in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is at "emergency" levels, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday, exposing harrowing brutality, long-term abuse and revealing that wives who complain risk being accused of sorcery.

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally.
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The widow of a Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger killed earlier this year decried the Bangladesh government's failure to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly attacks on writers Monday and urged countries to provide safe houses for dozens more on death lists.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tajikistan Tuesday to talk about security threats on its Afghan border, on the fourth leg of a five-nation tour of Central Asia.

The State Department said Monday it will review the role its diplomatic security agents play at photo opportunities following a weekend incident in Uzbekistan in which a reporter was removed from a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Uzbek president.

Angry publishers burned books and closed their businesses in Bangladesh Monday, in the third day of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.

Azerbaijan's ruling party won an outright majority Sunday in parliamentary polls that were boycotted by the mainstream opposition, near-complete results showed, cementing strongman President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power.

Police shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with petrol bomb and stones on Nepal's southern border, killing an Indian man who was among the attackers, Nepalese officials said.
Police in south Nepal fire at protesters; 1 Indian dead


Protesters rallied in the Bangladesh capital Sunday over the latest attacks against secular writers and publishers, accusing the government of failing to halt rising deadly violence blamed on hard-line Islamists.

Voters in oil-rich Azerbaijan went to the polls Sunday in a parliamentary election widely expected to cement strongman President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power and boycotted by major opposition forces.
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