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Japan's economy grew more than expected in the first quarter, data showed Wednesday, as it crawls back from a brief recession, but observers cautioned that a full recovery may still be some way off.
 

From rescuing migrants at sea to donating all they can, residents of Indonesia's Islamic Aceh province are warmly welcoming hundreds of desperate fellow Muslims who have fled their homelands -- a contrast to the rejection they face elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
Shunned by much of Asia, migrants welcomed in Aceh

 

Nepal must take lessons from earthquake-hit countries such as Mexico and strictly enforce existing building laws as it prepares to rebuild from two major quakes, a senior United Nations official said Wednesday.
Building laws need to be enforced in Nepal: UN official

 

More than 1,000 people Wednesday marked Cambodia's annual "Day of Anger" against the genocidal former Khmer Rouge regime, with black-clad students wielding rifles, knives and bamboo sticks to mimic its crimes of the late 1970s.
Cambodia marks the annual 'Day of Anger'

 

Japan's aquariums promised Wednesday to stop acquiring dolphins captured in a bloody hunt that was depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" and has caused global outrage.
 

A South Korean court ruled Wednesday in favor of a group of leprosy patients seeking compensation from the government for forced abortions and sterilization, in the latest ruling that sheds light on decades-long abuses.
 

The combative governor of Okinawa vowed Wednesday he would continue his fight to block the construction of a new U.S. airbase on the southern Japanese island, as he readied to take his case to Washington.
 

13 Chinese nationals and a Malaysian -- were missing Wednesday after their sand-carrier barge capsized in Singapore waters, officials said, as authorities dispatched naval and coast guard vessels to search for them.
 

Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea, the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.
Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea

 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea had cancelled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.
UN chief says North Korea cancels invitation to visit

 

Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.
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Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as trial begins

 

Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to hold a public referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister and junta leader said, indicating that the decision could delay a general election.
 

An immigration camp on the Pacific island of Nauru holding asylum-seekers turned away by Australia has seen rape and other abuse, according to submissions to an Australian inquiry which opened hearings Tuesday.
 

At least 18 Cambodian garment workers were killed and 21 injured on Tuesday when a bus crashed into the van transporting them to work, officials said.
18 Cambodia workers die in road crash

 
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