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A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning and causing panicked people to flee their homes.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday urged Myanmar to hold “free, fair and inclusive” elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.
Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution


U.S. President Barack Obama pressed for greater press freedoms in Myanmar and China on Friday but said he couldn't discuss the status of a New York Times reporter whom U.S. prosecutors want to testify in a leak investigation.

A U.N. investigator Friday ruled out any compromise on efforts to have North Korea answer formal charges of crimes against humanity, saying holding the regime to account, including supreme leader Kim Jong Un, was “paramount.”

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for US$5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems.
Nepali villagers 'survive' by selling organs


Human Rights Watch criticized the Cambodian government's latest crackdown on dissent, urging foreign donors Friday to condemn an “escalating wave of abuse” against peaceful protesters.

Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G-20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the “lost glories of czarism.”

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani on Friday visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust between the two U.S. allies.
Afghan leader aims to repair ties in Pakistan


Indian police have arrested the director of a drug manufacturing firm that allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead, news reports said Friday.

Japanese auto parts maker Takata said Friday that US justice authorities have opened a criminal investigation into its exploding airbags, which have been linked to at least five driver deaths.
Takata hit with US criminal probe over exploding airbags

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