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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bangladesh garment manufacturers have agreed to a US$68 minimum monthly wage for the country's four million garment workers after days of labor unrest forced the closure of hundreds of factories, officials said.