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Bangladesh rallies for free speech after U.S. blogger's murder

DHAKA - Bangladeshis gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to an American blogger and critic of religious extremism who was hacked to death in Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers in the predominantly Muslim nation. | Video

Nepal police fire teargas as thousands protest over constitution

KATHMANDU - Protesters and police clashed in Kathmandu on Saturday at a demonstration by some 30,000 people led by the Maoist opposition to demand that political parties reach a consensus on a new constitution, in the biggest street march in Nepal in years.

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Sri Lanka concerned by China loans, rules out submarine visits

BEIJING - Sri Lanka is concerned with the roughly $5 billion in Chinese loans it has and will send its finance minister to Beijing to discuss the issue, the foreign minister said on Saturday, as he also ruled out future Chinese submarine visits to the country.

Top News, 28 Feb 2015

Pakistan arrests Iranian Sunni rebel leader on bus from border

QUETTA, Pakistan - Authorities in southwestern Pakistan arrested a leader of a banned Iranian rebel group on Saturday as he was travelling on a bus from the lawless border area, security officials said.

28 Feb 2015

Bangladeshi forces raid militant hideout in Chittagong town

DHAKA - Bangladeshi special forces on Saturday raided a militant hideout in the southeast town of Chittagong, arrested four suspects and seized explosives and weapons, force commanders said.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Clashes in Maldives as thousands call for president to quit

MALE/COLOMBO - Clashes broke out in the Maldives on Friday after thousands gathered to protest against the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed and demand that current leader Abdulla Yameen resign.

World, 28 Feb 2015

Sri Lanka says China to be consulted on any project re-think

BEIJING - Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka's foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Atheist U.S. blogger killed in machete attack in Bangladesh

DHAKA - Machete-wielding assailants hacked to death a blogger in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers who support freethinking values in the Muslim-majority nation. | Video

World, 28 Feb 2015

Pakistanis on trial in massacre of 10 foreign climbers escape jail

ISLAMABAD - Two Pakistani militant suspects facing trial for the massacre of 10 foreign climbers two years ago escaped from jail on Friday, an official said.

World, 27 Feb 2015

Nepal army officer accused of torture in London court

LONDON - A Nepali army officer was accused by a British prosecutor on Friday of torturing two men in 2005, during his country’s civil war, in a rare use of laws that allow British courts to prosecute certain serious crimes wherever they took place.

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India-Pakistan border flare-up a zero-sum game

At places along the Line of Control (LoC), barely a wire separates the Indian soldier and his Pakistani counterpart. The genesis of the recent flare-up was the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Indian side of the LoC. The media blitz in Delhi found more fodder with a spike in infiltration attempts and exchange of fire beyond the LoC at posts across the international border.

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