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India army ammunition depot fire kills 17 soldiers
A fire at one of India's largest military ammunition depots Tuesday killed at least 17 soldiers and injured scores more, officials said, as footage showed flames lighting up the night sky.
 
Australia war dead repatriated from Malaysia half century on
Half a century after they died, the bodies of 32 Australian soldiers and their dependents, many of whom were killed in the Vietnam War, were returned home from Malaysia Tuesday.
 
More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.
 
North Korea apparently failed with an attempted missile launch Tuesday, the latest in a series of setbacks for a ballistic weapons program that aspires to threaten the U.S. mainland.
 
India's economy grew 7.6 percent in 2015-16, official figures showed Tuesday, retaining its place as the world's fastest-growing major economy and providing a boost to the right-wing government as it marks two years in power.
 
A Thai court on Tuesday sentenced two military men to jail for orchestrating an attack on villagers blockading a gold mine, a lawyer said, a rare ruling in favor of such activists.
 
Challenging Oxy
South Korean protesters throw Oxy products during a campaign to boycott Reckitt Benckiser, whose Korean unit -- Oxy Reckitt Benckiser -- made humidifier disinfectants and sterilizers blamed for the deaths of more than 100 people in South Korea, outside the company's Seoul office in on Tuesday, May 31. Most of the victims were found to have used Oxy Ssak Ssak, a liquid humidifier disinfectant sold by Reckitt Benckiser in South Korea from 2001, which has been blamed for around 103 deaths -- mostly women and children.
 
S. Korea says signs North preparing missile launch
South Korea's defense ministry said Monday it had detected signs that North Korea was preparing a ballistic missile launch, as Japan reportedly put its military on intercept alert.
 
A top North Korean official made an unexpected visit to China on Tuesday in an apparent attempt by Pyongyang to mend frayed ties with its powerful neighbour, Japanese media reported.
 
Bleaching kills 1/3 of coral in Gr. Barrier Reef's north
Mass bleaching has killed more than a third of the coral in the northern and central parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, though corals to the south have escaped with little damage, scientists said on Monday.
 
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