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Nepal's government is urging other countries to lift travel advisories that discourage their citizens from visiting the Himalayan nation following a devastating earthquake in April that killed thousands of people, a government minister said Wednesday.

A bevy of workers are carefully sorting and grading an enormous pile of lychees at a packing house in northern Vietnam. The best of the bunch will go to China.
Following China woes, Vietnam's lychee farmers look for business in new markets


There were chaotic scenes inside Japan's normally orderly parliament Wednesday as opposition lawmakers thronged a committee room in an unsuccessful bid to block Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's controversial security bills.

A stampede on the banks of a holy river killed at least 27 pilgrims Tuesday in southern India in a tragic beginning to a religious festival season.

Thailand's junta has asked France to return three dissidents wanted under the kingdom's controversial royal defamation law, an official said Tuesday, as authorities ramp up prosecutions over perceived insults to the monarchy.

South Korean police said Tuesday they have arrested a university design professor for forcing a former student to eat human feces and subjecting him to other cruel acts.

Google removed Tuesday the Chinese name for a South China Sea shoal claimed by both Beijing and Manila from its maps service, following protests from Filipinos.

Two journalists, including an Australian editor, went on trial in Thailand Tuesday over a report they published implicating the navy in human trafficking, as the United Nations urged the junta-ruled nation to drop the case.

Satoru Iwata (岩田聰), who led Japanese video game company Nintendo Co. through years of growth with its Pokemon and Super Mario franchises, died on Saturday after a lengthy illness, drawing a flood of emotional tributes from game fans and industry rivals. He was 55.
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata dies of cancer aged 55


Cambodia's parliament Monday passed a controversial law regulating nongovernmental organizations, despite a boycott by opposition lawmakers and street protests by activists who say it will hinder their ability to operate.

An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced three members of China's ethnic Uighur minority community to six years in prison after finding them guilty of conspiring with Indonesian militants, including a fugitive who is on the nation's most-wanted list.

India's mass Hindu pilgrimage, the Kumbh Mela, officially starts in Maharashtra state Tuesday, with organizers desperate to avoid a repeat of a deadly stampede at the same venue 12 years ago.
India's Kumbh Mela to open amid stampede fears


Several hundred workers in Myanmar staged a peaceful demonstration Sunday to demand that a new daily minimum wage be set higher than proposed.

Ash spewing from an Indonesian volcano closed Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport again Sunday, just a day after it reopened, causing fresh travel chaos for weary holidaymakers stranded on the holiday island.
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