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The High Court of Orissa has dismissed the mining company's plea for a six-fold expansion of the plant.
The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.
Hundreds of Shi’a Muslims were forced back their village in East Java last night after an anti-Shi’a mob attack had driven them away.
24 women and six children have been detained while protesting last week's violent forced eviction of 300 families from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh.
A Maldivian blogger attacked and detained for organizing a peaceful demonstration has been released, while his attackers remain at large.
Malaysia's High Court acquitted Anwar Ibrahim of criminal sodomy charges, but the repressive statute that enabled his persecution is still on the books.
Up to five children who had been travelling with seven Uighur adults shot dead by police while trying to leave China, are believed to be detained.
The Mongolian parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill that aims to scrap the death penalty.
Pakistan urged to reform 'dangerous' blasphemy laws, one year after the assassination of a politician who criticized them.
China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.
Chen Wei is set to stand trial on 23 December on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” over essays he wrote that were critical of the Communist Party.
Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.
Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.
Pakistan's Senate unanimously passes two landmark women's rights bills, including one on acid attacks.
Nepalese migrant workers are being trafficked by rogue recruitment agencies for forced labour in the Gulf States and Malaysia.
One year after Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize, he and other Chinese activists still languish in jail.
A hardline group of Asian countries are defying the global trend against the death penalty and putting to death thousands of people after unfair trials.
US Secretary of State's landmark visit to Myanmar can only be seen a success if authorities make bold human rights reforms.
Four Cambodian women face politically motivated charges over protests linked to forced evictions at Boueng Kak Lake in Phnom Penh.