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North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of "merciless strikes" against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.
 

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday.
 

The yearlong search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has turned up no sign of the plane, but that doesn't mean it's been unproductive. It has yielded lessons and discoveries that could benefit millions, including coastal Australians, ..............
No plane, many findings in long search for Flight 370

 

The UK's Prince William stood atop a hill in northeastern Japan on Sunday, and stretched below him was barren land known as the “Bay of Destruction,” which was swept by a tsunami four years ago.
Prince William gets close look at tsunami disaster

 

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Sunday repeated a call for Japanese leaders to apologize to former wartime sex slaves, warning that “time is running out” for Tokyo.
 

Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region.
Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant in western Ayeyarwaddy

 

India's ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government for the first time in the country's only Muslim-majority state after a power-sharing deal with a regional rival.
 

The Indian government's budget was praised Sunday as balancing the need to boost business and to help the poor, but some experts were disappointed at a lack of big-bang reforms to Asia's third largest economy.
 

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has contradicted Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's claim that the president gave him an indication that he might soften his stance on the planned executions of 11 prisoners, including two Australian drug smugglers.
 

India's finance minister announced the government's new budget on Saturday, promising a slew of measures that attempt to balance welfare spending with high economic growth and infrastructure development, while vowing to keep a tight control on fiscal deficit.
India budget aims to boost growth, infrastructure

 

The Japanese government on Friday proposed that the Self-Defense Forces be allowed to rescue Japanese nationals embroiled in terrorist attacks overseas if a rescue by local police authorities cannot be expected.
 

Somali pirates have released four Thai sailors who were held hostage for nearly five years, the longest period of captivity of hostages held by Somali pirates, a U.N. official said Friday.
 

A bill aimed at restricting North Korea's access to hard currency passed a legislative hurdle Friday as pressure grows in the U.S. Congress for tougher action over Pyongyang's nuclear program and alleged involvement in a hacking attack on Sony Pictures.
US sanctions bill on N. Korea passes hurdle

 

The UK's Prince William, on his second day of a four-day trip to Japan, had tea Friday with Crown Prince Naruhito. Both princes may be equally charming, but it is no contest which one is seen as more approachable.
Prince William strikes friendly contrast to Japan prince

 
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