Thai police say a U.S. couple claiming Lao royal descent was shot dead near Thailand's border with Laos.
At least three top al-Qaida leaders, including a master bomb maker, are reported to have been killed in a U.S. missile strike in eastern Pakistan last week.
Nepal's royal government has detained at least 50 political activists and cut off cellphone (mobile telephone) services ahead of Friday's planned anti-government rally in Kathmandu.
Indonesian medical tests show a three-year-old boy who died this week had contracted the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.
Suspected militants have set fire to dozens of telephone towers in Thailand's restive south.
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