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Exiled Vietnam dissident speaks out
One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading “propaganda against the state” before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body.
 

Sri Lankan authorities are warning of more landslides at a tea plantation where a deadly torrent of mud swept away scores of homes this week, residents said Friday.
Shelters fill up after Sri Lanka mudslide

 

Australia is set to approve measures giving polluters financial incentives to reduce emissions blamed for climate change, in a move critics described as ineffective environmental policy.
 

A Malaysian family on Friday sued the government and beleaguered national carrier for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370, in what is believed to be the first lawsuit filed over the disaster.
 

Myanmar's parliament will consider amending the country's constitution — which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president — ahead of crucial elections next year, an official said Friday.
Myanmar mulls changing constitution

 

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) ramped up its vast monetary easing program Friday — sending the yen plunging and stocks soaring — in a surprise move aimed at reviving growth just as the Federal Reserve winds down its own stimulus spree.
 

The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) on Friday posted record annual net profit of AU$7.3 billion (US$6.5 billion) — up 15 percent — pursuing an Asia-focused growth strategy.
 

Sony said Thursday its net loss for the April-September period ballooned to nearly US$1.0 billion, as the embattled electronics firm continues to struggle in the cutthroat smartphone business.
 

Gripping a rubber hose between his teeth that will be his lifeline, Than Hlaing takes a last gulp of relatively untainted air before plunging into the murky gloom of the fast-flowing Yangon river in Myanmar's main city.
Diving in the dark for treasured coal in Myanmar

 

Japan Airlines (JAL) said Friday its net profit for the April-September period slipped 2.0 percent to US$724 million as a weak yen pushed up fuel costs, but the carrier also revised up its full-year earnings forecast.
 
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