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The leader of one of Fiji's main opposition parties, former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry, was convicted on tax charges Friday, ruling him out of this year's election in the coup-plagued Pacific nation.
 

Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Katmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.
Rough road for Tibetans in Nepal: report

 

A mining tycoon, his brother and 34 associates stood trial Monday on allegations of running a vast criminal gang in China's Sichuan province that gunned down rivals, maintained fleets of Ferraris and bribed police to avoid prosecution.
 

At least 16 people were killed in rain and hailstorms that triggered flooding and landslides in southern China, officials said Monday. The severe weather, which began last Friday, has affected seven provinces and municipalities, China's ministry of civil affairs said in a statement, leaving 16 people dead and two missing.
At least 16 Chinese killed in violent storms

 

Tens of thousands of census-takers fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions.
Myanmar embarks on first census in 30 years

 

Cambodia's opposition party held a symbolic march Sunday to avoid possible clashes with authorities, after the government banned it from meeting in one of the capital's public parks. Hundreds of security officers, armed with shields and batons, stood by to observe the peaceful rally.
 

Myanmar said Saturday that Muslims would not be allowed to register as “Rohingya” in its first census in three decades despite U.N. assurances, on the eve of a survey that has fanned sectarian tensions.
 

Sri Lanka tried to claim a moral victory Friday and insisted it would push on with reconciliation efforts after being censured by the U.N.'s top rights body for failing to bring perpetrators of war crimes to justice.
 

Myanmar should scrap proposed restrictions on interfaith marriages, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, warning that the “blatant discrimination” threatens religious freedom and women's rights.
 

Bangladesh war crimes investigators moved Tuesday to outlaw the country's largest Islamic party, accusing it of genocide and other atrocities during the 1971 bloody struggle for independence.
 
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