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Garment workers in Bangladesh will get a 77 percent pay increase from December as the government tries to end a wave of strikes that have roiled the world's second largest clothing exporter in recent months.

Millions of Nepalis defied low expectations and threats of violence to vote Tuesday in elections seen as crucial in stabilizing the country and breaking its political deadlock seven years after a civil war ended.
High turnout as Nepal voters defy threats


Abdulla Yameen took power in the Maldives Sunday after a shock election victory, ending nearly two years of political turmoil that threatened to turn the honeymoon islands into an international pariah.
Yameen takes power in Maldives after vote turmoil


The secretary general of the world's largest bloc of Islamic countries said emotional visits with members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community — chased from their homes in Myanmar by Buddhist mobs and arsonists — brought him to tears.
OIC leader meets with persecuted Myanmar Muslims: 'I was crying'


A Bangladesh court Sunday acquitted the influential son of the main opposition leader in a money-laundering case, boosting his chances of returning to the country after more than five years in exile.

Britain's David Cameron put Sri Lanka on notice Saturday to address allegations of war crimes within months or else he would lead a push for action at the U.N.
Sri Lanka warned over war crime allegations


Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged to strengthen ties with Cambodia as part of a tour that completes a round of visits to Southeast Asian countries within a year since taking office.
Japan PM vows boosted Cambodia ties, topping ASEAN tour


Myanmar released 69 political prisoners on Friday in an amnesty the government described as an act of “loving kindness” in line with President Thein Sein's promise to free all prisoners of conscience by year-end.

Leaders of the Commonwealth of mostly former British colonies met in Colombo on Friday for a biennial summit that has brought with it intense scrutiny of Sri Lanka's human rights record four years after the civil war ended.
At Commonwealth meet, Sri Lanka rights record comes under scrutiny


Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse hit back angrily Thursday against allegations of war crimes which are set to overshadow this week's Commonwealth summit, saying he had “nothing to hide” from his critics.
Sri Lanka has nothing to hide over rights: president

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