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Asia News Network raises US$230,000 for Nepal relief
The Asian News Network (ANN), an alliance of 21 leading newspapers in 19 Asian countries, has raised more than US$230,000 to help earthquake relief work in Nepal.
 

India has for the first time appointed a transgender person as the principal of a college, a top education official said Wednesday.
 

The top nuclear envoys from South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed Wednesday on the need to increase pressure on North Korea and urged the country to engage in serious negotiations on its expanding nuclear weapons program.
Envoys from S. Korea, US, Japan discuss North nuke threat

 

More than 1,100 people have died in a major heat wave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.
 

A Singapore Airlines (SIA) Airbus plane carrying 194 people temporarily lost power to both engines on a recent flight to Shanghai, SIA confirmed Wednesday after a flight tracker said the plane had to descend 13,000 feet (3.96 kilometres) before normal operation was restored.
 

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday detained the owner of a software company accused of running a global network in selling fake degrees, officials said.
Pakistan detains owner of firm said to market fake university degrees

 

A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
 

More than 1,100 people have died in a major heatwave sweeping India, authorities said Wednesday, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue.
Deaths from major heatwave sweeping India top 1,100

 

At least 800 people have died in a major heatwave that has swept across India, melting roads in New Delhi as temperatures neared 50 degrees Celsius.
India heatwave kills 800 as capital's roads melt

 

Methamphetamine seizures across much of the Asia-Pacific region have quadrupled over five years, the U.N. said Tuesday, citing rising wealth as one reason for a boom in production and consumption.
 

A Japanese court has awarded millions of dollars in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the country's anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education.
 

Australia on Tuesday announced it will amend the law to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship for "betraying the country," but insisted no one would be left stateless.
 

Japanese academics have called on the conservative government to face up to its responsibility over "comfort women," echoing an open letter from leading foreign scholars urging an honest accounting for wartime wrongdoing.
 

Samsung Group announced Tuesday the merger of two major affiliates, as the South Korean business giant accelerates restructuring efforts ahead of a generational power transfer within the founding Lee family.
Samsung announces it will merge two of its major units

 
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