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Thailand's coup leader was formally endorsed as prime minister by the nation's revered king on Monday, in a step toward forming a government to oversee sweeping reforms in the politically turbulent kingdom.
 

Hundreds of thousands of impoverished, low-caste Indians are still working with their bare hands to clean human excrement from open roads and millions of dry pit latrines across the country, despite Indian laws prohibiting such work, an international rights group said Monday in urging reform.
India criticized for low-caste waste cleaners

 

India's top court ruled on Monday that all coal block allocations made by the government between 1993 and 2009 were illegal, throwing the already energy-starved country's power sector into turmoil.
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Japanese entertainment giant Sony said Monday its online music and gaming sites came under a cyber attack by a hacker group that also claimed there were explosives on a plane carrying a senior company executive.
 

Thai police said Monday they have questioned five women who were paid up to US$12,500 each by a Japanese man known to them as “Jack” to act as surrogate mothers.
 

Aircraft leasing firm BOC Aviation said Monday it has ordered 80 Boeing 737 planes and two B777-300ERs worth a total US$8.8 billion at list prices, to meet expanding client needs as travel booms in Asia.
 

Thailand's junta leader, who seized power in a military coup three months ago, officially assumed his new post as prime minister on Monday following an endorsement from the country's monarch.
Thai junta leader assumes prime minister post

 

Police in the global gambling hub of Macau have arrested five people involved with an informal poll to measure support for direct elections of the Chinese-controlled city's leader.
Macau police arrest 5 over informal democracy poll

 

The death toll from devastating midweek landslides in Hiroshima rose to 50 with 38 others missing on Sunday as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.
 

A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems inside the aircraft after being in the air for almost an hour, a top aviation watchdog official said Sunday.
 
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