Bangladesh

Officials: No fire exits, single stairway in Dhaka building where fire killed dozens

Gas cylinders blocked the only narrow staircase leading to the exit, making escape very difficult, authorities add.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh fire kills more than 40 in capital Dhaka, dozens injured

The deadly fire ripped through a seven-story shopping mall home to several restaurants, officials said.

Thailand

Millions of Thai borrowers struggle to get out of debt

Thailand’s new government has launched a program to reduce the nation’s household debt, which is among Asia’s worst.

Philippines

Global media watchdogs press Philippine authorities to act on journalist’s 2011 murder

Coalition says they shared information with officials on where the main fugitive suspect is believed to be hiding out.

Region

Junta troops abduct 40 relatives of Muslim camp residents who fled conscription

Some were publicly beaten for allegedly speaking to the media about recruitment efforts.

Bangladesh

Bangladesh fire kills more than 40 in capital Dhaka, dozens injured

The deadly fire ripped through a seven-story shopping mall home to several restaurants, officials said.

Thai opposition leader: ‘Use us as a bridge’

They protect a historic Christ statue in one of the world’s biggest Catholic processions

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