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Azerbaijan voted Monday on whether to extend the president's term in office, with opposition groups attacking the referendum as a ploy to boost Ilham Aliyev's long grip on power.
Rickshaw transport
A Bangladeshi rickshaw transports a passenger in Old Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 24. Rickshaws are the most popular means of public transport in Dhaka.
In traffic's way
A Bangladeshi child holds on to an adult as they attempt to cross the road in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Sept. 24. Due to insufficient footbridges in the city, people cross the roads in dangerous conditions.
Men pulled from Ayers Rock crevasse
Three young men stuck in a crevasse on Australian tourist attraction Uluru, the world's largest monolith, were lowered to safety in a difficult, late-night rescue operation, authorities said Tuesday.
Cambodia's strongman premier vowed Monday to "eliminate" his opponents if they push ahead with plans for nationwide protests against an ongoing government crackdown that has sparked international alarm.
Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail for killing villagers during an interrogation, the military said, a rare ruling in a former junta-run country where the army has long operated with impunity.
US pledge to lift economic sanctions welcomed in Myanmar
Myanmar economists and businessmen on Thursday welcomed President Barack Obama's announcement that the U.S. will lift economic sanctions and restore long-lost trade benefits to the Southeast Asian country as it emerges from half a century of oppressive military rule.
Maldives opposition leader in talks over attempt to 'topple' president
Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed has said he is in talks with the former president, who repeatedly threw him in jail, to "legally topple" the current leader of the troubled honeymoon islands.
Aus. introduces bill to set up gay marriage vote
Australia's prime minister introduced legislation to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow a public but non-binding vote on gay marriage early next year.
Arrested Fiji opposition leader slams 'dictatorship'
Fiji is reverting to dictatorship and its democracy is a "farce," an opposition leader in the Pacific nation said Tuesday after he was arrested for taking part in a debate.
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