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US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Mr Daniel Russel calls on Thai Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn in Thailand on January 26, 2015. Photo: EAP Bureau via Twitter

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will not fully reactivate its military alliance with Thailand as long as the junta-controlled country refuses to restore democracy, a US diplomat warned February 5.

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Fire victims are given medical treatment at the Dhaka Medical Hospital after suffering severe burns when an unidentified peron threw a hand-made petrol bomb at a bus in Dhaka, Bangladesh, February 3, 2015. According to local reports at least seven people were burnt alive and seven others severely injured after the bomb attack on the bus driving on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway around 3:30 am during the ongoing transport blockade and the three-day nationwide strike imposed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Photo: Abir Abdullah/EPA

DHAKA (AFP) - A police officer and three others on February 5 became the latest casualties of a wave of violence sweeping Bangladesh as the opposition continued a deadly campaign to topple Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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MUMBAI (AFP) - The producers of an Indian comedy that "roasted" celebrities have pulled it from YouTube on February 4 following a furore over its "vulgar content that renewed fears for freedom of speech.

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A Jordanian woman puts up pictures of Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kassasbeh, believed to be being held by members of the group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) in Syria, reading in Arabic 'We are all Muath', Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, 03 2015. Photo: EPA
A Jordanian woman puts up pictures of Jordanian pilot, Muath al-Kassasbeh, reading in Arabic 'We are all Muath', Jordan University, Amman, Jordan, 03 2015.

Amman (AFP) - Jordan executed two jihadist prisoners at dawn on February 4 after vowing a harsh response to the Islamic State group's burning alive of a Jordanian pilot, government spokesman Mr Mohammad al-Momani said.

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India has freed over 400 Myanmar fishermen caught fishing illegally in Indian waters, part of a programme in which both Myanmar and India free fishermen caught in their waters. The first batch of Myanmar fishermen arrive at Yangon International Airport on January 17, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima
India has freed over 400 Myanmar fishermen caught fishing illegally in Indian waters, part of a programme in which both Myanmar and India free fishermen caught in their waters. The first batch of Myanmar fishermen arrive at Yangon International Airport on January 17, 2015. Photo: Hein Htet/Mizzima

Kolkata, India - India has sent back 411 detained Myanmar fishermen from the Andaman-Nicobar archipelago, a senior Myanmar diplomat said February 3.

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British rights activist for migrant workers, Andy Hall (C) arrives for his trial at the Phra Khanong Provincial Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 29 October 2014. Photo: EPA/NARONG SANGNAK
British rights activist for migrant workers, Andy Hall (C) arrives for his trial at the Phra Khanong Provincial Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 29 October 2014. Photo: EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

Activist Mr Andy Hall is back in court to fight another defamation case brought by Natural Fruit Co, a Thai company he accused of human rights violations, according to the Bangkok Post on February 3.