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Myanmar's ruling party Wednesday admitted it was facing big losses in a general election likely to be swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition, as tensions mount between its leader and the powerful army.
 

Myanmar's ruling party Wednesday admitted it was facing big losses in a general election likely to be swept by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition, as tensions mount between its leader and the powerful army.
 

Growing up as a young gay man in South Korea in the 1970s and 80s, film director Kim Jho Gwang-soo was warned that his homosexual "disease" would condemn him to a life of loveless, insatiable promiscuity.
Activist couple testing barriers to gay rights in conservative South Korea

 

Carved into dun-colored cliffs, hundreds of manmade caves situated next to empty niches that once sheltered giant Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban are home to Bamiyan's poverty-stricken who have nowhere else to go.
Bamiyan's ancient caves shelter homeless Afghans

 

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday sacked his deputy premier and attorney general in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations.
 

In a victory for activists, Nepalese temple authorities said Tuesday they would end a centuries-old Hindu tradition of mass animal slaughter that attracts hundreds of thousands of worshippers.
Nepal temples ban mass animal sacrifice festival

 

Myanmar authorities have seized methamphetamine tablets worth an estimated US$100 million from an abandoned truck in Yangon, state media said Tuesday, as the country struggles to stem surging drug production.
 

A convicted Japanese murderer who left a haunting "haiku" poem behind after his grisly deeds was sentenced to death on Tuesday.
 

Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83.
Indian leader who led missile program dies

 

U.S. Democratic Party lawmakers and rights groups on Monday accused the State Department of politicizing its annual rankings of nations on their efforts to combat modern-day slavery, as key trading partner Malaysia was taken off a blacklist.
 

South Korea said Tuesday it is now virtually free of the deadly MERS virus that killed 36 people and sickened nearly 200 since an outbreak was declared in May.
South Korea says MERS threat is over

 

A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged.
 

British Prime Minister David Cameron began a visit to Southeast Asia on Monday, looking to seal US$1.2 billion in trade deals and push for greater cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State group.
Cameron in SE Asia to seal trade deals

 

South Korean police on Monday blocked activists from launching anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the heavily fortified border, after fresh North Korean warnings about dire consequences if such events went ahead.
South Korea police block anti-North leaflet launch after Pyongyang threats

 
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