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Japan PM calls for probe into WikiLeaks claims of US spying
Japanese leader Shinzo Abe told US Vice President Joe Biden he would have "serious concerns" if WikiLeaks claims Washington spied on Japanese politicians were true, and called for an investigation, a top official said Wednesday.
 

Two passenger trains derailed after being hit by flash floods on a bridge in central India, killing at least 27 people in the latest deadly accident on the nation's crumbling rail network.
27 dead after two trains derail in India

 

Southeast Asian diplomats said Tuesday that mainland China's controversial island-building drive is raising regional tensions, with the Philippines slamming its "unilateral and aggressive activities."
 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday afternoon sacked Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo and named medical professional Chung Chin-youb to replace him, apparently to move on from the Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) outbreak and seek new momentum for her reform drive.
 

A New Zealander who was the last surviving pilot from the specialized World War II "Dambuster" mission targeting German infrastructure died Tuesday. Les Munro was 96.
Kiwi who was last WWII 'Dambuster' pilot dies at 96

 

Malaysia's anti-graft agency has said that nearly US$700 million deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal.
 

South Korean officials announced Tuesday that a Chinese-led consortium had won the bidding to take on the massive task of raising the Sewol ferry that sank with the loss of over 300 lives a year ago.
 

Pakistan on Tuesday executed a man convicted of killing a child, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teenage' convict

 

The head of the Taliban's Qatar-based political office has stepped down, a statement said, a high-profile resignation within leadership ranks highlighting growing discord over the movement's recent power transition.
 

Up to 70 rotting crocodile heads have been found in an old freezer dumped at a remote Australian town, police said Tuesday, with the culprits facing large fines and jail time if convicted of the killings.
 

Three civilians were killed Tuesday in heavy exchanges of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops along their border in the south of the disputed territory of Kashmir, officials from the rival sides said.
 

Pakistan executed a convicted child killer Tuesday, brushing aside a storm of protests from rights groups that his confession had been extracted by torture and he was a minor at the time of the crime.
Pakistan defies rights protests to hang 'teen' convict

 

The last surviving pilot of the top-secret World War II Dambusters raid on Germany has died aged 96, the New Zealand Bomber Command Association said Tuesday.
 

Rescuers raced Monday to help tens of thousands stranded by rooftop-high floods in Myanmar, as the U.N. warned that swollen rivers threaten more areas and large swathes of Asia were hit by deadly monsoon rains.
Myanmar rescuers race to flood zones

 
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