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An Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year's deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead during a pre-dawn raid Friday in Dhaka, police said.
 
Scratching a living in Myanmar's
Every week Aye Min Htun prays he will find the ruby that changes his life, one of thousands of people scratching a living in Myanmar's mines set to gain little from the end of U.S. sanctions on the military-dominated industry.
 
A commission probing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state on Wednesday denied security forces have carried out a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya, days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians from the Muslim minority.
 
Myanmar's government on Monday pledged to investigate a video apparently showing police beating and kicking Rohingya civilians, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.
 
Cambodian police on Monday said they planned to arrest three suspects, including one believed to be in Thailand, for being behind an offensive photoshopped image of the country's king that placed him in a gay porn scene.
 
Flapping into the new year
A Nepalese Gurung community woman wearing traditional attire prepares to participate in a parade marking their New Year, known as "Tamu Loshar," in Kathmandu on Friday, Dec. 30. The indigenous Gurungs, also known as Tamu, are celebrating the advent of the year of the bird.
 
The Marshall Islands have been plunged into an Internet blackout, angering businessmen as repairs are made to the country's submarine fiber-optic cable.
 
A Palestinian woman was shot and wounded Thursday after approaching an Israeli security checkpoint near Jerusalem with a knife, Israeli police said.
 
Myanmar's government is drafting a law that could see men jailed for up to seven years for getting a woman pregnant but not marrying her, a senior official said on Wednesday.
 
Four Bangladeshi fishermen were injured when Myanmar's navy allegedly opened fire on them while they were fishing along the countries' troubled border in the Bay of Bengal, an official said Wednesday.
 
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