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The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said.
US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan: gov't

 

A Cambodian court Friday handed suspended sentences to 23 activists and garment workers arrested during a protest crackdown amid rising concerns over a textile industry that supplies a host of Western brands.
Cambodia court sentences activists, garment workers

 

One of the world's best-known anti-sex slavery activists has resigned from her foundation after questions were raised about her shocking story of being sold into a brothel as a child.
Cambodian anti-sex slavery activist resigns after being hit by scandal

 

A pregnant woman was stoned to death Tuesday by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore for marrying the man she loved.
Pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by family

 

The U.N. human rights envoy to Myanmar on Saturday expressed concern over the military's veto power on constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for the country's democratic transition and next year's elections.
 

The United Nations children's agency has defended a decision to pay nearly US$90,000 a month for its new office in Myanmar — a three-story house owned by the family of an ex-army general who was slapped with U.S. sanctions during the country's dictatorship.
 

The relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa, Japan, will boost Guam's revenue by at least US$37 million a year, defense officials say.
 

Democracy activists in Myanmar joined opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday in calling for constitutional amendments ahead of next year's general elections.
Activists join Suu Kyi for Myanmar charter change

 

Anguished relatives protested a decision Saturday to stop searching for bodies of passengers they feared were trapped inside a ferry that sunk in central Bangladesh leaving at least 54 dead, police said.
Number of dead from sunken ferry in Bangladesh rises to 54

 

A Lao military plane crashed on Saturday killing five senior officials on board including the defense minister of the secretive communist country, Thai authorities said.
 
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