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Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.
 

Japan's defense ministry on Monday made its biggest ever budget request, as Tokyo bolsters its military amid lingering territorial rows and worries over mainland China's expanding naval reach.
 

Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect on Monday ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.
Influential Christian sect ends 5-day protest in Philippines

 

Tokyo said Monday it has complained to the United Nations over Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's plan to attend a huge military parade in Beijing to mark the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.
 

Leaders of the Philippines' dominant Catholic church have called on individuals and politicians to actively oppose same-sex marriage, after new efforts by activists to have same-sex unions legalized in the conservative nation.
 

India's Jain community scored a legal victory Monday when the Supreme Court temporarily lifted a ban on the traditional ritual of Santhara, or fasting to death.
 

Pointing to a television in her recently built mud and brick home, Indian villager Munia Murmu proudly shows off her new-found wealth, thanks to hundreds of squirming green silkworms.
India's tribal communities spin way out of poverty

 

With much fanfare, Thai police had offered an US$84,000 reward for tips leading to arrests in the Bangkok bombing. On Monday, they handed out the cash -- to themselves.
 

As thousands of Bangladeshis and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world's most intractable border disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice.
 

Police investigating the deadly Bangkok blast said they were seeking a Thai woman and an unidentified man after bomb-making materials were discovered over the weekend in a second apartment raided by police.
Police seek new suspects in Bangkok blast as more bomb materials found

 

Malaysia's prime minister vowed he would not quit over a US$700-million financial scandal, and accused protesters of showing "poor national spirit" by holding a massive rally to demand his resignation on the eve of the country's National Day on Monday.
Najib vows not to quit as Malaysia marks National Day

 

Tens of thousands rallied outside Japan's parliament Sunday to protest against planned new laws that could see troops in the officially pacifist nation engage in combat for the first time since World War II.
 

Pressure mounted Sunday on Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as influential former leader Mahathir Mohamad threw his weight behind mass protests demanding the premier's ousting over a financial scandal.
Pressure rises on Malaysian PM as ex-leader backs protests

 

Thousands have signed a petition urging protection for two Indian sisters after a local council allegedly ordered them raped and paraded naked as "punishment" after their brother eloped with a married woman.
 
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