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Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
 

Myanmar's navy Friday said it had carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat after mounting international pressure, as the U.N. warned the impending monsoon rains imperil thousands still stranded at sea.
Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat

 

Boat people who have come ashore in Southeast Asia after harrowing journeys are delighted that Indonesia and Malaysia will give them temporary shelter -- although some were baffled by an offer of sanctuary in a tiny African nation they had never heard of.
Boat people grateful for sanctuary, baffled by Gambia

 

Fiji's recently appointed police chief has displayed his crime-busting credentials in dramatic fashion, fighting off a gang of robbers at a Suva restaurant with just a folding chair.
 

The former Korean Air executive jailed for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts walked free Friday when a South Korean appeals court overturned her conviction for violating aviation safety laws.
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Appeals court frees 'nut rage' Korean Air heiress

 

Leading authors, including Salman Rushdie and fellow Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood and Yann Martell, called on Bangladesh's government Friday to put an end to a spate of deadly attacks on atheist bloggers.
 

China on Friday renewed its call for Japan to "face up to" its 20th century history after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife visited a shrine Beijing sees as a symbol of Tokyo's warring past.
 

Seoul said Thursday that three people have been infected by Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and 64 people, including health care workers and the patients' families, are being monitored for possible infection.
S. Korea confirms third MERS case; 64 being monitored

 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister -- a post that has become something of a poisoned chalice under her administration.
 

As Mahmoud Yasien kneeled before the people smugglers and begged for his pregnant wife's life, the Rohingya migrant's dreams of a better life evaporated, his ship stranded hundreds of miles from its destination in Malaysia.
 

The South Korean and Japanese defense ministers will hold talks for the first time in four years next week to discuss pressing regional issues including North Korea, Seoul said Thursday.
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday ruled out helping resettle the wave of migrants fleeing to Southeast Asia, saying it would worsen the problem and "encourage people to get on boats."
 

Four Malaysian navy ships began searching the seas for stranded boat people Thursday in the first official rescue operation since desperate migrants started washing onto Southeast Asia's shores, and a formerly reluctant Myanmar agreed to attend a regional meeting aimed at easing the crisis.
Malaysia orders sea search & rescue for migrants

 

North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats on Wednesday, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturized warheads on high-precision long range rockets, in a clear warning to the United States.
 
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