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Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for US$5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems.
Nepali villagers 'survive' by selling organs


Human Rights Watch criticized the Cambodian government's latest crackdown on dissent, urging foreign donors Friday to condemn an “escalating wave of abuse” against peaceful protesters.

Vladimir Putin faces an icy reception at the G-20 summit with Britain's David Cameron telling the Russian leader to stop bullying smaller states and Australia's Tony Abbott accusing him of trying to relive the “lost glories of czarism.”

Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani on Friday visited Pakistan's military headquarters in a sign of warming ties after more than a decade of mutual distrust between the two U.S. allies.
Afghan leader aims to repair ties in Pakistan


Indian police have arrested the director of a drug manufacturing firm that allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead, news reports said Friday.

Japanese auto parts maker Takata said Friday that US justice authorities have opened a criminal investigation into its exploding airbags, which have been linked to at least five driver deaths.
Takata hit with US criminal probe over exploding airbags


US President Barack Obama on Friday urged Myanmar to hold "free, fair and inclusive" elections as he threw his weight behind a bid by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to change a constitution that bars her from the presidency.
Obama backs Suu Kyi bid to change constitution


The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested and blamed tainted post-surgery drugs for the deaths.

Honda said Thursday that an exploding airbag in one of its cars killed a woman in Malaysia, bringing to five the number of deaths linked to a defect in parts made by embattled Japanese supplier Takata.

South Korea went into “hush” mode Thursday, as nearly 650,000 students sat the annual college entrance exam that will play a large part in defining their adult lives in the ultra-competitive society.
South Korea falls silent during high-pressure exam

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