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New Sri Lankan leader calls for unity amid ethnic rift

Maithripala Sirisena says nation has failed to heal divisions between ethnic groups since end of brutal civil war.

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#Bangladesh passengers burned to death in bus attack

At least seven people dead after suspected anti-government protesters hurl petrol bomb at bus carrying local tourists.

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Fire at #Bangladesh plastics factory kills 13 people

At least 13 bodies recovered as rescuers continue search for victims after five-storey building catches fire in Dhaka.

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Sri Lanka appoints minority Tamil as chief justice

Kanagasabapathy Sripavan becomes the first member of the minority community to hold the post in more than two decades.

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#Bangladesh uproar over Hindi film

Cinema owners to boycott top actor Shakib Khan for leading protests against screening of film from India.

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Taliban claim deadly Kabul airport attack

The Afghan armed group owns up Kabul airport shooting that killed three US contractors and an Afghan man.

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Deadly blast hits Shia mosque in #Pakistan

At least 49 killed in explosion immediately before Friday prayers at a mosque in Shikarpur in Sindh province.

Shikarpur in Sindh province

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Afghan policemen killed in Taliban attack

At least 11 policemen and seven Taliban fighters killed in an attack on a checkpoint in Ghazni province, officials say.

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Dozens missing after boat sinks in #Bangladesh

More than 24 people unaccounted for after boat carrying migrants capsizes and sinks in the Bay of Bengal, police say.

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US contractors 'killed in insider attack' in #Kabul

Deadly incident follows a suicide bombing early on Thursday in eastern Laghman province killing at least 16 people.

Kabul

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Obama's visit to India: Rhetoric vs actions

Major issues that the two leaders perhaps ought to have focused on seem to have been given only minor attention.

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