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Shebab claims it kills 7 in AU convoy attack near Somali capital

The Shebab Islamist group claimed it carried out a car bomb attack Monday against an African Union convoy near the Somali capital, saying it killed seven people. "Among the dead are three foreigners," Shebab spokesman Abdiaziz Abu Musab told AFP. A witness said a suicide bomber rammed his car into the convoy near the capital Mogadishu. amu/lc/arp

Malaysia searching Andaman Sea for missing plane

The international search for a missing Malaysian airliner has been expanded into the Andaman Sea, hundreds of kilometres (miles) to the northwest of the original search radius, an official said Wednesday. "Yes, above Sumatra is the Andaman Sea," Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman told AFP when asked to confirm whether ships and planes were searching for missing flight MH370 there. Sumatra is a large Indonesian island south of the Andaman Sea. The body of water is off Thailand's west coast. jz-dma/st

Malaysia searching Andaman Sea for missing plane

The international search for a missing Malaysian airliner has been expanded into the Andaman Sea, hundreds of kilometres (miles) to the northwest of the original search radius, an official said Wednesday. Flight MH370 went missing early Saturday with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, sparking a massive search across Southeast Asia. Malaysian civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said ships and planes were now also searching in the southern part of the Andaman Sea.

Maldives court sacks elections officials for disobedience

MALE (Reuters) - The Maldives Supreme Court on Sunday dismissed the country's top elections officials for failing to follow its guidelines during last year's presidential polls and for disbanding eight political parties ahead of a parliamentary election this month. The court ordered the head of the commission, Fuwad Thowfeek, and his deputy, Ahmed Fayaz, removed from their posts and asked the parliament to appoint replacements within six days. Thowfeek received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for three years.

Yemen's Aden al-Ghad newspaper says is back in print

ADEN (Reuters) - A local Yemeni newspaper linked to southern separatists said on Saturday it was back in print after being prevented from publishing by the authorities a week ago. Yemeni authorities blocked the Aden al-Ghad newspaper from print at a government-owned press in the port city on February 23 in a move that led to a protest. The Saturday edition of the newspaper has been distributed after being printed in a privately-owned printing house, the editors of the newspaper said in a statement.

Sri Lanka steps up repression ahead of UN meet

Sri Lanka has instilled a "climate of fear" as it intensifies its repression of critics in the build-up to Colombo's expected censure by the UN's Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Wednesday. In a new report, the London-based advocacy group documented the cases of several human rights defenders who had been targeted for harassment and surveillance by the Sri Lankan regime, including death threats.

U.N. envoy seeks support for Myanmar people displaced by megaprojects

A U.N. envoy called Wednesday in Myanmar for international support for efforts to address human rights implications of the Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a large-scale development project south of Yangon that entails the relocation of a large number of local residents.

U.N. envoy seeks support for Myanmar people displaced by megaprojects

A U.N. envoy called Wednesday in Myanmar for international support for efforts to address human rights implications of the Japan-backed Thilawa Special Economic Zone, a large-scale development project south of Yangon that entails the relocation of a large number of local residents.

Trade fair opens in Myanmar to exhibit Japanese products

A four-day trade fair opened Friday in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, to exhibit Japanese products to consumers on the back of the Southeast Asian country's open-economy policy. About 190 Japanese businesses in the automobile, electronics, food and other industries are participating in the "Japan Festival," which is sponsored by the Japanese government-linked Japan External Trade Organization.

Trade fair opens in Myanmar to exhibit Japanese products

A four-day trade fair opened Friday in Yangon, the largest city in Myanmar, to exhibit Japanese products to consumers on the back of the Southeast Asian country's open-economy policy. About 190 Japanese businesses in the automobile, electronics, food and other industries are participating in the "Japan Festival," which is sponsored by the Japanese government-linked Japan External Trade Organization.
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