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Maldives high court in limbo amid political spats

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 6:00PM UTC

Political turmoil paralyzing the Maldives deepened Monday after the attorney-general resigned in frustration over parliament’s refusal to appoint a new Supreme Court. In an attempt to prevent the country from spiraling into judicial chaos, President Mohammed Nasheed issued a decree Sunday — the day an interim court was to have

Last 2 foreign dead in Afghan murders identified

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 5:56PM UTC

An aid organization has released the last two names of the eight foreigners murdered by gunmen last week in north Afghanistan. The International Assistance Mission identified them as Brian Carderelli of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Daniela Beyer of Chemnitz, Germany. In all the dead included six Americans, two Afghans, a German

Interviewing fugitive Malaysian blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 5:25PM UTC

I met Raja Petra Kamarudin, one of Malaysia’s best known bloggers, at a recent press conference in London, after spotting his trademark beret in the crowd. I subsequently interviewed him for a piece that’s been published in The Guardian today. RPK, as he’s usually known, fled Malaysia after hearing that he was

Bhutanese refugees leave Nepal for Britain

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 5:05PM UTC

A group of Bhutanese refugees expelled from their Himalayan homeland nearly two decades ago left Nepal for Britain on Monday to begin new lives after living in United Nations-run camps for years. More than 100,000 ethnic Nepalese — a Hindu minority in Bhutan for centuries — were forced out of

Malaysia’s Anwar loses bid to confirm affair claim

By Mon, Aug 09, 2010 4:48PM UTC

A Malaysian judge rejected opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s bid to force the man who accused him of sodomy to testify whether he had an affair with a female prosecutor in the continuing trial. The hearings have been on hold since an opposition-linked activist claimed last month that Farah Azlina Latif,

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