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US President Barack Obama on Friday urged Myanmar to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.
Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution

 

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested and blamed tainted post-surgery drugs for the deaths.
 

Honda said Thursday that an exploding airbag in one of its cars killed a woman in Malaysia, bringing to five the number of deaths linked to a defect in parts made by embattled Japanese supplier Takata.
 

South Korea went into “hush” mode Thursday, as nearly 650,000 students sat the annual college entrance exam that will play a large part in defining their adult lives in the ultra-competitive society.
South Korea falls silent during high-pressure exam

 

Australia said Thursday it will ban the dumping of dredging waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef as environmentalists called for the government to go further and commit to a total halt.
 

Thai police have banned a British journalist's book about politics in Thailand for “defaming” the monarchy, an official said Thursday, in a country with one of the world's strictest lese majeste laws.
 

Singapore officials under attack by rights groups for using South Asian workers in a mock riot defended the exercise on Thursday and said similar operations will be carried out to preserve law and order.
 

Bangladesh's war crimes court Thursday sentenced a fugitive mayor to death for mass murder and rape during the 1971 independence struggle against Pakistan, the latest opposition figure to face the gallows.
 

The United States voiced alarm over Myanmar's “backsliding” on democratic reforms, as U.S. President Barack Obama Thursday attended a regional summit meant to showcase the country's transition from army-led isolation.
Obama warns Myanmar's celebrated reforms backsliding

 

Indian police announced Thursday they had detained the doctor behind botched mass sterilization surgeries that left 13 women dead, as campaigners called for urgent reform of the government's family planning program.
Surgeon held over botched Indian sterilizations

 
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