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A total of 483 vehicles used in illegal timber logging impounded by the local authorities in Kachin State from January 2 to 5, 2015. Photo: MOI

BEIJING (AFP) - Authorities in Myanmar have detained 155 Chinese nationals for illegal logging, China's foreign ministry said January 21, denying reports that its citizens had been trapped by an armed conflict there.

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Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) answers to the questions of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 January 2015. Photo: EPA/NARONG SANGNAK
Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra (R) answers to the questions of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) during impeachment proceedings against her, at Parliament House in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 January 2015. Photo: EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

BANGKOK (AFP) - Ousted Thai premier Ms Yingluck Shinawatra attacked impeachment proceedings on January 22 against her ahead of a crunch vote that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.

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An overview of one of the main streets during the country wide strike at Paltan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 31 December 2014. Photo: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH
An overview of one of the main streets during the country wide strike at Paltan in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 31 December 2014. Photo: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

DHAKA (AFP) - A court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for the editor of the country's top daily newspaper on January 22 over a cartoon and article deemed offensive to Muslims.

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Nepalese constituent assembly members scuffle with security officers at parliament in Kathmandu on 20 January 2015. Fighting broke out in Nepal's parliament 20 January, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers, as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution. Photo: EPA/STR
Nepalese constituent assembly members scuffle with security officers at parliament in Kathmandu on 20 January 2015. Fighting broke out in Nepal's parliament 20 January, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers, as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution. Photo: EPA/STR

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Nepal's leaders will meet January 22 in a last-ditch effort to agree on a constitution before a midnight deadline, as public frustration over the slow pace of progress deepens.

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Youth Chief of Malaysian oppostion party Pan Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) Suhaizan Kaiat (R) leaves the compound of the French embassy after delivering a memorandum, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 January 2014. The memorandum inlcuded a condemnation of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris which left 12 members of staff dead, but also regrets to the fact that the French prime minister defended the magazine's publishing of Prophet Muhammad cartoons. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL
Youth Chief of Malaysian oppostion party Pan Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS) Suhaizan Kaiat (R) leaves the compound of the French embassy after delivering a memorandum, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 January 2014. The memorandum inlcuded a condemnation of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris which left 12 members of staff dead, but also regrets to the fact that the French prime minister defended the magazine's publishing of Prophet Muhammad cartoons. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - The West's defence of Charlie Hebdo's right to offend is testing the patience of Muslims even in moderate Indonesia and Malaysia, who fear it could fuel radical sentiment kindled by the Islamic State group.

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Jerusalem (AFP) - Thai labourers employed on Israeli farms suffer from low pay, dangerous working conditions and very long hours, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on January 21.