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Sri Lanka's sacked PM wins confidence vote
Sri Lankan MPs have backed former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a confidence vote, putting pressure on the president to reappoint him.

Najib charged with tampering 1MDB report
Ousted Malaysian PM Najib Razak is facing fresh charges for tampering the final audit report of state investment fund 1MDB.

Jakarta rejects separatist rebels' demands
A demand by separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Papua for negotiations on self-determination has been rejected by Jakarta.

Refugee footballer's Thai stay extended
A Bahraini football player with Australian refugee status who faces deportation from Thailand to his native country has had his detention extended in Bangkok.

US returns bells seized from Philippines
US defence officials have returned three bells to the Philippines after they were seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago.

Attack on Afghan intel team kills four
Four people have died and six others have been wounded in an attack targeting members of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency outside Kabul.

Thai junta lifts ban on political activity
Thais will go to the polls on February 24 after the military government lifted a ban on political activities.

Indonesia troops allegedly kill civilians
Four civilians have been killed by Indonesian troops hunting separatist rebels in the restive province of Papua, a local resident says.

Seoul taxi driver burns himself in protest
A South Korean taxi driver protesting a carpooling service in Seoul has set himself on fire and died in his cab.

Cambodia bans human rights march
Cambodian protesters banned from marching in Phnom Penh to commemorate International Human Rights Day have had to gather in an outlying park instead.

Flash floods in Vietnam leave two dead
Two people have died in central Vietnam after being washed away in flash floods as the region was hit by an unseasonal monsoon.

10 dead as Taliban overrun Afghan post
A Taliban attack on an Afghan army post in western Farah province has left 10 soldiers dead, officials say.

Malaysia Muslims rally in Kuala Lumpur
Thousands of Malaysia's Muslims have rallied on the streets of Kuala Lumpur to preserve Malay privileges under a decades-old affirmative action policy.

Refugee footballer hopes for Aust return
Bahrain's "bad rights record" will help Australian-based refugee soccer player Hakeem AlAraibi return to Australia from Thailand, his lawyer says.

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