COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Officials investigating a suspected mass grave in Sri Lanka's former northern war zone called off the digging on Friday because the 83 skeletons unearthed there seem to have been buried in an old cemetery.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Dalai Lama said Friday that China should ease its strict censorship, saying that the world's most populous nation would only achieve its full potential through greater freedoms.
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian opposition politician Narendra Modi, who leads opinion polls ahead of next month's general election, faces pressure from a small anti-graft party attacking his economic model on his home turf, the thriving state of Gujarat.
TOKYO (AFP) - A former member of the Aum Supreme Truth was sentenced to nine years in prison for abduction on Friday, 19 years after the doomsday cult launched a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway, court officials said.
NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - An Indian navy officer died on Friday from a gas leak during shipyard work on a new destroyer, just two weeks after a fatal submarine accident prompted the resignation of the country's top naval commander.