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The Thai junta's decision to lift martial law was denounced by critics Thursday as cosmetic, with Washington and the United Nations warning that replacement security measures would not loosen the military's grip on power.

Workers at a major Vietnamese footwear factory for Nike and adidas ended a week-long strike Thursday after the government agreed to their demands on retirement payouts.

Thousands of doctors in Nepal returned to work Thursday ending a strike after the government bowed to their demands.
Nepal doctors end strike, return to work


Art lovers have stripped off for nude tours of a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Australia, a concept designed to remove the material barrier between artist and audience.
Nude Canberra museum exhibit attracts art-loving starkers visitors


The FBI confirmed Thursday that a senior Malaysian militant believed to have been involved in the 2002 Bali bombings was killed in a January raid in the Philippines that also left 44 police commandos dead.

Rights groups Wednesday lambasted a Thai military court which jailed a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy, one of the toughest known sentences for lese majeste.

The Malaysian Islamic leader spearheading a campaign for severe Sharia punishments chuckles as he dismisses the firestorm that has ensued, saying visions of thousands of law-breakers with amputated limbs are way off the mark.

With crisp new suits and fresh haircuts, thousands of Japanese 20-somethings started their first day on the job Wednesday in an annual ritual that traces back to the country's fast-disappearing jobs-for-life work culture.
New recruits start first day on the job in Japan


The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died Wednesday, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday.
World's oldest person dies aged 117 in Japan


Climbers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese mountaineering official said Wednesday.

Indonesia's inflation picked up to 6.38 percent in March, official data showed Wednesday, as the price of fuel and rice rose in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Thousands of Vietnamese workers at a major footwear factory were on strike for a sixth day Wednesday over a social insurance law in a rare challenge to government policy.

Doubts about a rebound in Japan's economy are rippling through boardrooms across the country, a key central bank survey suggested Wednesday, as efforts to revive growth falter.

Thousands of doctors in Nepal stayed away from work at clinics and hospitals on Wednesday to support a colleague who has been on a hunger strike for 10 days demanding reforms in medical education and services.
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