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Women and girls with disabilities in India are pushed into mental institutions, where they live in unsanitary conditions and are at constant risk of physical and sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report Wednesday.
 

A lawmaker from Thailand's toppled ruling party was jailed for two-and-a-half years on Wednesday for defaming the royal family, the latest in a series of such convictions since the army grabbed power.
 

Japan on Wednesday successfully launched a probe destined for a distant asteroid on a six-year mission, just weeks after a European spacecraft's historic landing on a comet.
Japan successfully launches probe headed for asteroid

 

Indonesia is set to lead a boom in online shopping across Southeast Asia as Internet access explodes and investors pour money into a rapidly growing host of retail startups, analysts say.
Indonesia to lead SE Asian online shopping boom

 

Australia's government is taking steps to curb Australian travelers' soaring expectations of what help they can get from their embassies, such as a loan to pay a prostitute in Thailand or assistance to evict a polecat from above a ceiling in the United States.
 

Beijing and Canberra have agreed to enhance military ties, Chinese state media reported, lauding defense relations between them even as Australia strengthens cooperation with the United States and Japan.
 

Eleven more bodies were recovered Wednesday from the area where a South Korean trawler sank in the Bering Sea as hopes dimmed of finding any survivors among 41 crew members still missing.
 

Official campaigning kicked off in Japan on Tuesday before a Dec. 14 election that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described as a referendum on his faltering “Abenomics” growth blitz.
Japan campaigns in 'Abenomics referendum'

 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday weighed in on a debate about gender-specific toys in the lead-up to Christmas, saying boys should be boys and girls should be girls.
 

Rescuers have recovered four empty lifeboats from the South Korea fishing vessel that sank off Russia's far eastern coast, a Russian official said Tuesday, as hope faded of finding 52 people missing in the icy cold waters.
 

Moody's downgraded its credit rating for Japan on Monday, citing “rising uncertainty” over the country's debt situation and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's faltering efforts to kick start growth, with an election just two weeks away.
 

Maoist rebels killed 13 police and wounded another 12 in an ambush in a remote part of central India on Monday, two senior officers said.
 

A South Korean fishing vessel with 60 people aboard sank Monday off Russia's far east coast, leaving one crew member confirmed dead and 52 missing, Seoul officials said.
 

A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has drawn huge attention in a country where hundreds of thousands of women silently endure sexual harassment every day.
 
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