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Defense lawyers for two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders said Saturday they would boycott a new genocide trial until they appealed the pair's earlier conviction, in a move that threatens to delay an already lengthy case.
 

The first trial weighing charges of genocide against Cambodia's brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime opened Friday with a prosecutor saying it will show that Cambodians were enslaved in inhumane conditions that led to the deaths of 1.7 million people from starvation, disease and execution.
Trial opens to judge ex-Khmer Rouge on genocide

 

Nepal's prime minister has pledged to set up a weather warning system after a major Himalayan snowstorm killed 32 people at the height of the trekking season, 17 of them tourists.
 

Rescuers widened their search Friday for trekkers in Nepal's northern mountains who were stranded since a series of blizzards and avalanches battered the Himalayas early this week leaving at least 29 people killed, officials said.
Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 29

 

Bangladesh police said Thursday they had foiled an attempt by suspected Islamic militants to murder an “atheist” school teacher in the capital, amid concerns a banned hard-line outfit is reforming.
 

Nepalese rescuers on Thursday scoured Himalayan hiking routes for more than 100 trekkers who have been out of contact since a snowstorm and avalanche that have killed around 32 people, including foreign tourists and guides.
Hunt for 100 trekkers missing after deadly Nepal storm

 

A snowstorm in the Himalayan region of central Nepal has killed 17 foreign trekkers and a Nepali, while more than 100 other people remain out of contact, officials said on Wednesday.
 

Cheered by tens of thousands of people, a train decorated with banana plants and colorful flower garlands arrived in Sri Lanka's northern Tamil heartland on Monday, 24 years after the “Queen of Jaffna” was suspended due to civil war.
Train service back in former Sri Lankan war zone

 

The only question opposition lawmaker U Win Htein asked Parliament last session was for permission to remove his silk turban, saying it was causing him headaches and hair loss. The 72-year-old, known for his irreverent sense of humor, admits he was just teasing. But the speaker shot him down just the same.
In Myanmar's parliament, colorful hats cap divisions

 

Four civilians including a 12-year-old boy were killed and several wounded when a mortar bomb hit a crowded road in conflict-hit eastern Myanmar, witnesses and police said on Sunday.
 

Sri Lanka's military has banned foreigners from traveling to the island's former war zone during a visit there by President Mahinda Rajapakse, officials and diplomatic sources said Sunday.
 

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier on Saturday, displaying lingering respect for a man who was widely reviled for repression and corruption during his 15 years in power.
 

Victims of land grabs by Cambodia's “ruling elite” called on Tuesday for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to probe their mass evictions as a crime against humanity.
 

With his debut nominated for the top prize at Asia's biggest film festival, Bangladeshi director Abu Shahed Emon is hopeful that his achievement will help spur on his compatriot filmmakers.
 
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