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Myanmar's government has approved the country's first-ever national minimum wage, state media reported on Saturday, after months of bitter negotiations with labor groups and employers.
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday distanced himself from a police operation in Melbourne which was canceled amid public outrage about possible spot checks on people's visas, saying his office had no prior knowledge of it.
 

Local and foreign media have criticized Myanmar's Union Election Commission's control on news reporting.
 

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Defying authorities, tens of thousands of Malaysians wearing yellow T-shirts and blowing horns gathered Saturday in Kuala Lumpur for a major rally to demand the resignation of embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Tens of thousands rally in Malaysia, demand Najib resign

 

At least 10 civilians were killed Friday as India and Pakistan traded fire across their disputed border, officials said, less than a week after high-level talks were aborted amid a row over Kashmir.
10 civilians killed as India, Pakistan trade border fire: officials

 

Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as "The Great Escape," has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.
Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101

 

Malaysian activists are putting more pressure on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign with major street rallies this weekend following allegations of suspicious money transfers into his accounts.
 

A major operation to spot check people's visas on the streets of Melbourne as part of a crime crackdown was cancelled Friday after sparking community outrage that Australia risked becoming "a police state."
 

Japan on Friday kicked off the World Assembly for Women conference, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to shake up a corporate culture at home that discriminates against female workers.
 

Thai police on Friday said three Uighur Muslims, among dozens detained in the kingdom for illegal entry last year, have been questioned over the deadly Bangkok bombing.
 

Harjeet Singh can usually be found riding around New Delhi on his Harley Davidson Superlow, or helping foreign companies set up operations in India. At home, the businessman has staff to clean and cook for his family. But at the gurdwara where he worships alongside other Sikhs, he sweeps the floor, cleans dirty dishes and helps prepare meals for thousands not as fortunate as him.
 

Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.
Rebels should think carefully on peace deal: Suu Kyi

 

A film about children with same-sex parents has been barred from being shown in public schools throughout Australia's most populous state, despite the documentary makers Thursday insisting students will benefit.
 

One of the two North Korean negotiators involved in recent crisis talks with South Korea spoke Thursday of a "dramatic turning-point" for relations between the two countries.
 
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