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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally.
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The widow of a Bangladeshi-American atheist blogger killed earlier this year decried the Bangladesh government's failure to prosecute the perpetrators of deadly attacks on writers Monday and urged countries to provide safe houses for dozens more on death lists.
 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tajikistan Tuesday to talk about security threats on its Afghan border, on the fourth leg of a five-nation tour of Central Asia.
 

The State Department said Monday it will review the role its diplomatic security agents play at photo opportunities following a weekend incident in Uzbekistan in which a reporter was removed from a meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and the Uzbek president.
 

Angry publishers burned books and closed their businesses in Bangladesh Monday, in the third day of protests over the latest gruesome attacks on secular writers and publishers by suspected hardline Islamists.
 

Azerbaijan's ruling party won an outright majority Sunday in parliamentary polls that were boycotted by the mainstream opposition, near-complete results showed, cementing strongman President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power.
 

Police shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with petrol bomb and stones on Nepal's southern border, killing an Indian man who was among the attackers, Nepalese officials said.
Police in south Nepal fire at protesters; 1 Indian dead

 

Protesters rallied in the Bangladesh capital Sunday over the latest attacks against secular writers and publishers, accusing the government of failing to halt rising deadly violence blamed on hard-line Islamists.
 

Voters in oil-rich Azerbaijan went to the polls Sunday in a parliamentary election widely expected to cement strongman President Ilham Aliyev's grip on power and boycotted by major opposition forces.
 

Uzbek President Islam Karimov welcomed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's Central Asia diplomatic caravan to the historic Silk Road citadel of Samarkand on Sunday.
 

There is no evidence that last month's explosion aboard the Maldivian president's boat was caused by a bomb, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said, contradicting government allegations that have led to the arrest of the country's vice president and deepened the turmoil in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
 

Protesters rallied in the Bangladesh capital Sunday over the latest attacks against secular writers and publishers, accusing the government of failing to halt rising deadly violence blamed on hardline Islamists.
Bangladesh teachers, students rally against latest killing

 

A Bangladesh publisher who worked with atheist writers was hacked to death in the capital Dhaka on Saturday, an activist told AFP, just hours after two secular bloggers and another publisher were attacked in a separate incident.
 

The deputy leader of Cambodia's opposition party was stripped of his post of vice president of parliament in a vote Friday attended only by the ruling party and condemned by his supporters.
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Cambodia opposition leader stripped of post

 
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