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N.K. gives Korean-American 10 years of hard labor: Xinhua
North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong Chul, to 10 years hard labor on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.
 
China and Russia on Friday rapped U.S. plans to put a missile defense system on the Korean peninsula, less than 24 hours after Pyongyang twice tested rockets thought to be capable of reaching American territory.
 
Four American senators, including three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), have proposed a maritime security act to increase support to Asia-Pacific allies to cope with Beijing's assertive moves in the South China Sea.
 
Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.
 
A major earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after locals reported no significant damage.
 
A state in western India said Friday it will reserve 10 percent of government jobs and university spots for people whose income falls below a certain threshold after deadly caste protests last year.
 
An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire during a visit by the United Nations to Nauru has died, officials said Friday, with advocates blaming his "senseless death" on Australia's hard-line immigration policy.
 
An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.
 
Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.
 
Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea
The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday expressed their joint opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over the South China Sea.
 
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