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An air attack has killed at least 11 Afghan police officers in the volatile and opium-rich southern province of Helmand, officials said Monday, in the latest apparent case of "friendly fire".

The Taliban have condemned the killing of 13 minority Shiites as a plot to "breed fault lines," in an apparent dig at the rival Islamic State group making gradual inroads into Afghanistan.

Ang Kami Sherpa is one of Nepal's most experienced "ice doctors" -- the mountaineers who brave Mount Everest's treacherous Khumbu icefall to prepare it for the climbing season -- but even he is more nervous than usual this time round.

Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year.

Eight police officers and nine alleged militants were killed in two shootouts in Tajikistan on Friday that the government blamed on a deputy defense minister and the country's moderate Islamic opposition.
17 killed in Tajikistan shootouts blamed on minister


A lawyer for the Maldives' jailed former president was stabbed in the islands' capital ahead of a visit by his international legal team, including leading human rights activist Amal Clooney, his party said Saturday.

A Nepali policeman was shot dead Friday in the latest round of clashes to hit the country's southern plains as protests intensify against a proposed new constitution.

The United Nations called Thursday for dialogue and an end to violence in Nepal following clashes between security forces and protesters opposed to a proposed new constitution that have left 19 people dead.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos visited a tense border city Saturday amid an escalating row with neighboring Venezuela that triggered deportations and the exodus of thousands of Colombians back home.

Surveying the tiny concrete cube where he must live with four relatives, Myanmar opposition MP Ohn Kyaing is once again reminded of his time as a political prisoner.
Hardship and no politics in Myanmar's 'jail cell' MP housing


Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized.
Nepal's sexual minorities parade to demand rights


As labor pains gripped Junu Shrestha around midnight one day in early July, the heavily pregnant villager set off on foot along a muddy path destroyed in Nepal's earthquake, desperate for help.
Fears grow for pregnant Nepalese after quake


Myanmar's government has approved the country's first-ever national minimum wage, state media reported on Saturday, after months of bitter negotiations with labor groups and employers.

Local and foreign media have criticized Myanmar's Union Election Commission's control on news reporting.
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