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A Malaysian Muslim party on Wednesday launched a push to implement Islamic criminal punishments such as flogging and amputations in a state it governs, a move that threatens to tear apart the country's opposition.
 

A former lawyer of a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama bin Laden was shot dead in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said.
 

A court in southern Nepal has sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, officials said Wednesday, in a case that sparked outrage in the Himalayan nation.
 

Relief workers rushed to deliver desperately needed food and water Wednesday to survivors living on Vanuatu's outer islands after a monstrous cyclone wiped out entire villages and flattened vast swathes of the South Pacific nation's landscape.
Relief groups rush aid to Vanuatu's cyclone-stricken islands

 

The health of Singapore's founding leader Lee Kuan Yew has worsened due to an infection after nearly six weeks in hospital, the government said Tuesday.
Singapore ex-prime minister's health takes turn for the worse

 

U.S. forces played a “substantial” role in a botched anti-terrorism raid in the Philippines that left 44 local police commandos dead, according to a Philippine Senate report released Tuesday.
 

Indonesia will soon allow tourists from an additional 30 countries to visit without a visa, a minister said, but neighboring Australia was left off the list amid a row over looming executions.
 

A New Zealand bar manager and his two Myanmar colleagues were jailed for two and a half years with hard labor by a Yangon court Tuesday for using a Buddha image to promote a cheap drinks night.
Myanmar jails New Zealander over Buddha 'insult'

 

Pakistan's minority Christians blocked roads Monday in protest over a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before, killing 15 people in the latest attack against religious minorities in this increasingly fractured country.
Pakistan Christian community mourns the victims of deadly Taliban church attacks

 

China, Japan and South Korea will this week hold the first meeting of their foreign ministers for three years, Tokyo said Tuesday, the latest sign of a gradual thaw in East Asian relations.
 

Women are far more exposed to disasters than men given their frontline roles in the home and in health care, the U.N. says, arguing that improving gender equality is key to saving lives.
Women must be allowed to play a key role in tackling disaster: United Nations officials

 

India's northern Haryana late Monday toughened its ban on slaughtering cows and selling beef, including doubling jail terms to 10 years, becoming the second state to move recently on the religiously sensitive issue.
 

Philippine troops have captured the leader of a Muslim rebel group in the south who has been linked to bombings and a beheading and accused of protecting two terror suspects wanted by the United States, officials said Monday.
Philippines captures militant leader

 

Vanuatu's president pleaded with the world Monday to help the cyclone-ravaged Pacific nation rebuild its “completely destroyed” infrastructure as aid agencies warned conditions were among the most challenging they have faced with fears of disease rife.
 
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