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The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia met in Bern Saturday to discuss their countries' decades-old conflict over the breakaway Nagorny Karabakh region amid a recent wave of clashes.
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Azerbaijan, Armenia presidents meet on breakaway region


An investigation into the disappearance of Laotian activist Sombath Somphone three years ago is "a farce" and has had a chilling effect on civil society, rights groups said Monday.

Following her party's landmark election win, Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi vowed to give her desperately poor country a much-needed face-lift.
After Myanmar election win, Suu Kyi gets to work


Benedict Anderson, a Cornell University scholar who became one of the most influential voices in the fields of nationalism and Southeast Asian studies, died Sunday in Indonesia. He was 79.

Rice wine brewed with a toxic level of alcohol has killed at least 19 people and left 172 more in hospital in northeast Cambodia, the health ministry said Sunday.

Kazakhstan has sentenced former Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov to 10 years in prison, a court said Saturday, the first time a former official of such stature will serve jail time in the country.

Bangladesh anti-drugs officers seized US$6.2 million of cocaine at Dhaka airport and arrested a Spanish national on suspicion of smuggling, officials said Wednesday, the country's second-biggest haul of the substance.

The United Nations' top human rights official praised Mongolia Wednesday for abolishing the death penalty, after the sparsely populated Asian country approved a new criminal code eliminating executions.

The United States has temporarily eased restrictions on trade through Myanmar's ports, a post-election move welcomed on Tuesday by business leaders in the economically booming Southeast Asian nation.

A suspected member of a banned Islamist group has confessed he fatally shot a Japanese agriculture researcher in northern Bangladesh in October, police said Tuesday.

Myanmar's feared former junta leader Than Shwe has endorsed his one-time nemesis Aung San Suu Kyi as a "future leader" of the country, according to his grandson.
Myanmar's ex-dictator tips Suu Kyi as 'future leader'


Flying into Nepal's Lukla airport -- the gateway to Mount Everest -- demands courage and precision, thanks to its tiny, treacherous runway perched on a steep cliff.
Nepal quake tough test for 'world's most dangerous airport'


Unidentified attackers hurled three homemade bombs on the premises of a Hindu temple in northern Bangladesh during a drama performance early Saturday, injuring 10 people, police said.

Armenia was holding a referendum Sunday on proposed constitutional changes that would give more powers to the prime minister and parliament at the expense of the president, who would become largely a figurehead.
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