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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Tuesday said he has lost confidence in the head of the nation's Human Rights Commission, calling a report criticizing the detention of asylum-seeker children a “political stitch-up.”
Abbot says he has no confidence in rights chief


Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal on Tuesday sentenced a fugitive former lawmaker to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution of the country's Hindu minority during the 1971 independence war, the prosecutor said.

The United States and regional power India have voiced concern after former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed was forcibly dragged into court to face terrorism charges and denied legal access and medical treatment.

South Korea and the United States said Tuesday they would kick off their annual joint military exercises on March 2, setting the stage for a likely surge in tensions with North Korea.

The wife of Malaysia's prime minister, who is widely mocked over reports of her taste for luxury, drew fresh scorn on Tuesday after she complained about the rising cost of house calls from hairdressers and tailors.

Japan appears set to relax rules to let pilots fly until they are 67 as it tries to ease a shortage created by the growing popularity of air travel, an official said Tuesday.

South Korea said it had received two bids Tuesday for a multibillion-dollar jet fighter contract, with foreign makers Airbus and Lockheed Martin each partnering with a Korean firm to submit rival offers.

The death toll in a ferry accident in central Bangladesh soared to 69 on Monday, after emergency workers recovered more bodies from the wreckage of an overcrowded boat that sank after colliding with a cargo vessel.
Bangladesh ferry collision dead up to 69


Japan's crown prince has warned of the need to remember World War II “correctly,” in a rare foray into an ideological debate as nationalist politicians seek to downplay the country's historic crimes.
Japan crown prince warns on 'correct' history


Japan's agriculture minister stepped down Monday following questions over political funding contributions, the latest in a series of such resignations.

Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced Monday in a bid to combat the threat from home grown terrorists.

Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.

Three of the nine members of the Bank of Japan's policy board have cast doubt on the feasibility of reaching its two-percent inflation target, minutes revealed Monday.

Australia Post Monday forecast its first annual loss in more than 30 years and warned it would lose AU$6.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) over the next decade without urgent regulatory reform.
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