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Thousands of Filipino children, some as young as 9 years old, risk their lives by working in illegal, small-scale gold mines under terrifying conditions and the government has not done enough to protect them, a human rights group said Wednesday.

A senior Nepali lawmaker, tipped to be the next prime minister, on Wednesday accused neighboring giant India of breaking international law by deliberately halting cross-border trade, forcing the landlocked nation to ration fuel.
Nepali leader says India 'breaking int'l law'


Indonesian police were Wednesday investigating claims that several Rohingya women were sexually assaulted by local men outside a camp housing members of the Myanmar minority who had arrived as migrants by boat.

Indian police arrested eight people and were searching Wednesday for two more after villagers allegedly beat a Muslim farmer to death and severely injured his son upon hearing rumors that the family was eating beef -- a taboo for many among India's majority Hindu population.

A Vietnamese court on Wednesday sentenced a journalist to six years in prison on charges of spying for mainland China, his lawyer said.

Mainland China has arrested two Japanese citizens on spying allegations, officials said Wednesday.
China holding 2 Japanese citizens for espionage


Taliban gunmen fanned out in full force Tuesday across a key Afghan city they captured the day before, as the U.S. military carried out an airstrike on Kunduz and President Ashraf Ghani vowed to take the northern city back from the insurgents, urging his nation to trust Afghan troops to do the job.
Afghan president vows to retake Kunduz


Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was pushed from office more than a year ago, impeached and faces criminal charges, hit back at her opponents Tuesday with her own lawsuit.
Ousted Thai PM files criminal case against opponents


An explosion ripped through a speed boat carrying Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday injuring his wife and two others but leaving him unhurt, though authorities ruled out the possibility of an assassination attempt.
Maldives president escapes speed boat explosion unhurt


Two British journalists have gone on trial in Indonesia for allegedly trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas, and could face up to five years in jail, an official said Tuesday.

Malaysia said Tuesday it had summoned mainland China's ambassador to explain his controversial remarks on racism following a recent pro-government rally which saw protesters denounce the country's Chinese minority.

Toppled Australian leader Tony Abbott took potshots at the new government Tuesday, saying it offered no new policies and that the nation should stop swapping prime ministers "like changing clothes."

Pakistan executed a convict on death row before dawn on Tuesday, despite appeals by an international rights group that claimed the man was a juvenile at the time of his arrest in a murder case.

Nepal is considering placing new age and fitness restrictions on people who want to climb Mount Everest, officials said Tuesday, as the country looks to enhance safety on the mountain after several disasters in recent years.
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