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Two Philippine coast guard men on Friday trembled and cried as they recalled their harrowing four-month captivity under Islamic extremists who beheaded one of their fellow hostages.
 

Ten Malaysians have been arrested for cultivating suspected links with the Islamic State group and planning attacks in the country, police said.
 

A bird cull on a New Zealand island has been abruptly halted after marksmen killed four rare takahe, an endangered species with only 300 known to exist, officials said Friday.
Marksmen kill very endangered species in New Zealand bird cull

 

Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, was sworn in Friday and the island nation's two major political parties -- formerly bitter rivals -- signed an agreement to work together in the new parliament.
Sri Lanka PM sworn in as 2 parties sign deal

 

An elderly South Korean man died from his injuries Friday, nine days after setting himself on fire to protest Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves for military brothels during World War II.
 

The remarkable true story of an Indian man who spent 22 years chiseling a massive gap in a mountain out of love for his dead wife hits cinema screens Friday.
 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared his frontline troops in a "quasi-state of war" and ordered them to prepare for battle a day after the most serious confrontation between the rivals in years.
N. Korea warns of war with South after artillery fire

 

Somber horns sounded Friday at the site of Bangkok's deadly bomb blast as officials joined a multi-religious ceremony for victims of this week's attack, the latest effort to show that the bustling capital was respectfully, if cautiously, moving on.
Thailand marks blast with rites as police hunt for suspects

 

South Korea fired dozens of shells Thursday at rival North Korea after the North lobbed a single rocket at a South Korean town near the world's most heavily armed border, the South's Defense Ministry said.
 

Thai police on Thursday said they had questioned and freed one man who handed himself in after being seen on CCTV at the Bangkok shrine moments before a deadly bomb blast, but the prime suspect remains at large.
 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye will travel to mainland China next month to attend a ceremony marking the anniversary of victory over Japan in World War II, her office said Thursday.
S. Korea leader to attend China's celebrations of the end of WWII

 

South Korea's first female prime minister was headed for jail Thursday after the Supreme Court upheld a conviction and two-year prison sentence for accepting illicit political funds.
 

Pakistani police have arrested three Christian men under terrorism laws for using the word "prophet" to describe a dead pastor on a poster, officials said Thursday.
 

Indonesian police fired tear gas at a crowd hurling stones and Molotov cocktails in the capital Jakarta Thursday, as security forces moved in to evict people from a slum and demolish their houses.
 
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