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North Korea tried and failed Friday to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il Sung, the United States said, denouncing the move as another needless provocation.
 
Leading human rights groups on Friday accused Nepal's new prime minister of attempting to intimidate officials from a national watchdog, after it criticized Kathmandu's handling of recent violence-hit protests.
 
Saudi Arabia has for the first time publicly confirmed Malaysia's claim that US$681 million in Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family, countering accusations that the money was siphoned from heavily indebted state investment fund 1MDB.
 
N. Korea missile launch fails on founder's birthday
North Korea tried and failed to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range Musudan missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung Friday, a high-profile misstep after Pyongyang claimed a series of breakthroughs in its nuclear weapons program.
 
Strong earthquake hurts 45 in southern Japan
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 knocked over houses in southern Japan on Thursday evening, and police said people may be trapped underneath.
 
Strong quake kills 9, injures more than 760 in Japan
At least nine people were killed and 761 injured by a magnitude-6.5 earthquake Thursday night that knocked down houses and buckled roads in southern Japan, the government's chief spokesman said.
 
Strong quake hits Myanmar, but no death reports: official
A strong earthquake that struck Myanmar damaged at least nine Buddhist pagodas and was felt in parts of eastern India and Bangladesh, but an official said Thursday there were no reports of serious damage or injuries in the Southeast Asian country.
 
N. Korea missile launch fails on founder's birthday
North Korea tried and failed to test-fire what appeared to be a medium-range Musudan missile on the birthday of founding leader Kim Il-Sung Friday, a high-profile misstep after Pyongyang claimed a series of breakthroughs in its nuclear weapons program.
 
US Defence Secretary Carter to visit warship in South China Sea
US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter said he would visit a warship close to flashpoint waters of the South China Sea on Friday, as Beijing reacted defiantly to an American military build-up in the area.
 
In a military buildup certain to inflame tensions with China, the United States said Thursday it will be conducting joint South China Sea patrols -- and eventually air patrols -- with the Philippines, while dispatching U.S. troops and combat aircraft there on more frequent rotations.
 
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