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A group of smuggled orangutans were returned from Thailand to Indonesia on Thursday, following years of diplomatic wrangling over who will care for them after the majority were discovered abandoned on a roadside.

Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won her parliamentary seat, official results showed Wednesday, leading a near total sweep by her party that will give the country its first government in decades that isn't under the military's sway.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi wins seat but not presidency


India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a revolt within his Hindu nationalist party by senior leaders questioning his leadership style after the recent debacle in state elections.

A man in Japan who hid in a drain for five hours, allegedly to snap photos up women's skirts, was given away when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of a grate, police and reports said.

A U.N. human rights envoy has retracted her claim that 13 percent of schoolgirls in Japan are involved in forms of paid dating that can involve sex, the Japanese government said Wednesday.

Indonesia is failing to allow free access to all foreign journalists to Papua despite a pledge by President Joko Widodo to lift reporting restrictions in the restive eastern region, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Wednesday.

South Korea and Japan on Wednesday discussed their long-running dispute over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery -- the first such talks since their leaders vowed to push for a mutually acceptable settlement.

Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help patrol forests and control fires.
Indonesia uses elephants to control forest fires


A chimpanzee mother cared for her disabled infant in the wild in Tanzania, Japanese researchers reported in a study published this week, research they hope will help in understanding the evolution of social care in humans.

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi called for "national reconciliation" talks with Myanmar's president and the nation's powerful army chief on Wednesday as her pro-democracy party stood poised for a landslide election victory.
On brink of victory, Suu Kyi calls for talks with Myanmar military


Dozens of people arrested in Thailand's human trafficking crackdown, including a senior general, appeared in court Tuesday, days after the police officer in charge of the investigation tendered his resignation saying he feared for his life.
Thai general among human trafficking suspects in court


The Philippines pledged a warm welcome for mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping at an economic summit in Manila next week, officials said Tuesday, despite a bitter row over disputed islands.
Philippines pledges warm welcome for China's Xi


The Philippines has swept 20,000 homeless from the streets, canceled hundreds of flights and declared public holidays in Manila to ensure a safe and efficient summit of 21 world leaders next week, officials say.

Japanese researchers have developed a micro-thin thermal sensor that can be attached directly to the skin, potentially useful in monitoring the health of infants or even making sportswear more comfortable.
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