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South Korean police said Tuesday they had arrested a man for apparently allowing his infant son to starve to death while spending days playing online games at Internet cafes.
 

South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island.
Three dead, 292 missing in S. Korea ferry sinking

 

Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said.
2 dead after ferry sinks off South Korean coast

 

Hardline nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi and his allies were forecast to win an overall majority in India's elections in a poll Tuesday, dealing another blow to the beleaguered ruling Congress party.
 

As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.
Murders of environmental activists rise around globe

 

Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections in three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.
 

Just a seventh of scientists in Japan are female, government figures show — a record high rate for the country, despite being the lowest rate of any developed nation.
 

South Korea's intelligence chief vowed a “bone-crushing” overhaul of his embattled agency as he apologized Tuesday for a scandal that saw senior agents charged with fabricating evidence in an espionage case.
 

India's highest court ruled Tuesday that a person can be legally recognized as gender-neutral, a landmark judgment that raises hopes of an end to discrimination against several million transgenders and eunuchs.
 

Japan's population has shrunk for the third year running, with the elderly making up a quarter of the total for the first time, government data showed on Tuesday.
 
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