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Thai police have banned a British journalist's book about politics in Thailand for “defaming” the monarchy, an official said Thursday, in a country with one of the world's strictest lese majeste laws.

Singapore officials under attack by rights groups for using South Asian workers in a mock riot defended the exercise on Thursday and said similar operations will be carried out to preserve law and order.

Bangladesh's war crimes court Thursday sentenced a fugitive mayor to death for mass murder and rape during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan, the latest opposition figure to face the gallows.

The United States voiced alarm over Myanmar's “backsliding” on democratic reforms, as U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday attended a regional summit meant to showcase the country's transition from army-led isolation.
Obama warns Myanmar's celebrated reforms backsliding


Indian police announced Thursday they had detained the doctor behind botched mass sterilization surgeries that left 13 women dead, as campaigners called for urgent reform of the government's family planning program.
Surgeon held over botched Indian sterilizations


US President Barack Obama told Myanmar's rulers its celebrated democratic reforms are backsliding, ahead of a regional summit Thursday designed to showcase the country's transition from army-led isolation.
Obama warns Myanmar's celebrated reforms going backwards


At least 11 Indian women are dead and 20 others seriously ill Wednesday after undergoing free sterilization operations, highlighting the risks women face in reproductive health in a country struggling with high population growth and widespread poverty.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could call a snap election for next month, two years early, with a plan to boost his support by delaying another scheduled tax hike, reports said Wednesday.

Global growth is the buzzword for this weekend's summit of leaders from the 20 biggest industrialized and developing economies and there are high expectations the gathering will deliver an ambitious plan to boost the world's GDP by more than US$2 trillion.
Global growth leads agenda at G-20 summit


More than three years into Japan's massive cleanup of the tsunami-damaged nuclear plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on the key tasks of dismantling the broken reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods.
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