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Nepal will introduce a long-awaited new constitution within days, a parliament spokesman said Tuesday, despite opposition from minority groups that has triggered deadly protests across the south of the country.

Nepal's Constituent Assembly rejected calls to revert the Himalayan nation to a Hindu state during voting Monday on a draft of the country's long-delayed new constitution, sparking violent protests.
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Nepal rejects calls to make nation Hindu


Two Nepalese maids who alleged they were beaten and raped by a Saudi diplomat in India were taken to a women's shelter in Nepal on Thursday.
Allegedly raped Nepalese maids return home


International bodies have demanded that funds be used for quake recovery The international donor community, which has collectively pledged US$4.4 billion for the reconstruction process, is worried about the Nepali government's "tardy approach," coupled with uncertainties surrounding the National Reconstruction Authority.

When Tajik programmer Amirbek Isayev invited friends to celebrate his 25th birthday in the capital Dushanbe in June, he could never have imagined the consequences.

Just five years ago, when Aung San Suu Kyi was still under house arrest, she commented that one day she hoped to get a Twitter account and chat with the outside world.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi opens election campaign on Facebook


An air attack has killed at least 11 Afghan police officers in the volatile and opium-rich southern province of Helmand, officials said Monday, in the latest apparent case of "friendly fire".

The Taliban have condemned the killing of 13 minority Shiites as a plot to "breed fault lines," in an apparent dig at the rival Islamic State group making gradual inroads into Afghanistan.

Ang Kami Sherpa is one of Nepal's most experienced "ice doctors" -- the mountaineers who brave Mount Everest's treacherous Khumbu icefall to prepare it for the climbing season -- but even he is more nervous than usual this time round.

Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year.

Eight police officers and nine alleged militants were killed in two shootouts in Tajikistan on Friday that the government blamed on a deputy defense minister and the country's moderate Islamic opposition.
17 killed in Tajikistan shootouts blamed on minister


A lawyer for the Maldives' jailed former president was stabbed in the islands' capital ahead of a visit by his international legal team, including leading human rights activist Amal Clooney, his party said Saturday.

A Nepali policeman was shot dead Friday in the latest round of clashes to hit the country's southern plains as protests intensify against a proposed new constitution.

The United Nations called Thursday for dialogue and an end to violence in Nepal following clashes between security forces and protesters opposed to a proposed new constitution that have left 19 people dead.
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