The government of Laos has rejected criticism by the U.S. State Department that it is obstructing United Nations efforts to locate and care for a group of refugee children separated from their parents.
Egyptian maritime officials say a ferry carrying about 13 hundred mostly Egyptian passengers sank in the Red Sea.
Pakistani lawmakers have unanimously passed a resolution condemning publications of cartoons in European newspapers depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Suspected Maoist rebels have killed a politician who was running for election in municipal polls in Nepal next week - the second such killing in recent days.
Thailand's Culture Minister, Uraiwan Thienthong, has resigned ahead of a planned anti-government rally.
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