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Twelve-year-old Rakib Mia was on his way to scavenge for his family when a petrol bomb exploded on the floor of his bus in Bangladesh, turning him into a human fireball.
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Less than a week after Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for sodomy, his lawyers said Monday that he faces a health risk because he's living in a bare cell with just a 2-inch-thick foam mattress on the floor, a bucket for bathing and a squat toilet.
 

Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in US$28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan's startling honesty.
 

A crippling mix of “trauma, torture and shame” led high-profile defector Shin Dong-hyuk to distort his harrowing account of life in a North Korean gulag, according to the book's author.
 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer on Monday and is expected to recover fully, his office said.
 

A Filipino businesswoman of Chinese descent was abducted Sunday by six gunmen in the southern island province of Sulu, local authorities said Monday.
 

South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature on Monday approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister following fierce political wrangling over whether he's fit for the country's No. 2 job.
 

The Philippine military insisted Monday it remained loyal to President Benigno Aquino, responding coup rumors that have swirled since a bungled security operation left 44 police commandos dead.
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Japan's economy limped out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, official data showed Monday, but annual growth was flat and the weaker-than-expected figures were likely to boost calls for more central bank stimulus.
 

A newly built house in northern India collapsed early on Sunday killing 13 residents as they slept, the latest in a string of building cave-ins, police said.
 

Sri Lanka's new president arrived in India Sunday on his first foreign trip in office, trying to rebuild ties hit by tensions over growing Chinese influence on the strategically located island.
 

Myanmar troops fighting ethnic rebels near the Chinese border have recovered the bodies of 13 insurgents and captured eight others following heavy government losses this week, state media reported Sunday.
 

Singapore-based DBS Group has reported record net profit of SG$4.05 billion for 2014, surpassing the SG$4 billion mark for the first time.
 

As Japan celebrated Valentine's Day on Saturday, a group of killjoys marched through Tokyo protesting what it called the “passion-based capitalism” of the annual celebration of romance.
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Japan killjoy group protests Valentine's 'love capitalists'

 
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