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Thai police officers guard seized drugs during a press conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, March 2, 2012. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA
Thai police officers guard seized drugs during a press conference at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, March 2, 2012. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai Justice Minister Mr Paiboon Koomchaya has called on Myanmar and China to help arrest 10 fugitive drug traders believed to be in hiding in those countries, according a The Nation report on January 18.

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A general view shows the Royal Hotel Clock Tower, Mecca during sunset as seen from the top of Jabal-al-noor (the Mountain of Light in Arabic). Photo: EPA/ALAA BADARNEH
A general view shows the Royal Hotel Clock Tower, Mecca during sunset as seen from the top of Jabal-al-noor (the Mountain of Light in Arabic). Photo: EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

RIYADH (AFP) - A Myanmar woman beheaded in a Saudi street this week for killing her husband's young daughter is seen screaming her innocence in a video posted on the Internet on January 17.

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A band perfoms during a skinhead meeting in Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2015. Hundreds of people turn up in Kuala Lumpur to watch skinhead bands group from Japan and Thailand performing live for a two-day event on January 17 and 18 January, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN
A band perfoms during a skinhead meeting in Kuala Lumpur on January 17, 2015. Hundreds of people turn up in Kuala Lumpur to watch skinhead bands group from Japan and Thailand performing live for a two-day event on January 17 and 18 January, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Asian "skinheads" converged on Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur over the weekend of January 17-18 for two days of full-throated live music performances -- but with a message far different from that often associated with their Western cousins.

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Charred seats of a bus after some miscreants torched it during the countrywide non-stop blockade programme called by the 20-party-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Tantibazar in Dhaka, Bangladesh 06 January 2015. Photo: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH
Charred seats of a bus it was torched allegedly linked to the countrywide non-stop blockade programme called by the 20-party-led Bangladesh Nationalist Party. At least four vehicles were set on fire in the capital while the BNP leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has announced for an indefinite blockade of roads, railways and waterways across the country until further notice. . Photo: EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladeshi telecoms authorities shut down smartphone messaging and voice services Viber and Tango on January 18 after they had become a popular communication medium for supporters of the anti-government protests now in their third week.

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Indonesian national search and rescue agency's (BASARNAS) crew lift up the ruins of AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft tail from the Crest Onyx ship, after it was hoisted from the Java Sea during their recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 11 January 2015. Photo: EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO
Indonesian national search and rescue agency's (BASARNAS) crew lift up the ruins of AirAsia QZ8501 aircraft tail from the Crest Onyx ship, after it was hoisted from the Java Sea during their recovery mission at Panglima Utar Kumai Harbour in Kumai, Central Borneo, Indonesia, 11 January 2015. Photo: EPA/BAGUS INDAHONO

JAKARTA (AFP) - While the causes of last month's crash in Indonesia are still being probed, experts say the final moments before the accident point to the perils of flying in a region where safety standards are struggling to keep pace with crowded skies.

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Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (L) leave after prays for the health and a swift recovery for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 October 2014. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra (L) leave after prays for the health and a swift recovery for King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 October 2014. EPA/NARONG SANGNAK

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai anti-graft official said ousted prime minister Ms Yingluck Shinawatra must face a "political punishment" for a costly rice subsidy scheme, as calls for her impeachment gathered steam on January 16.