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A Japanese rocket lifted off Tuesday and successfully put the national space program's first commercial satellite into orbit, officials said, as Tokyo tries to enter a business dominated by European and Russian companies.
Japan launches country's first commercial satellite into orbit


Protesters on Monday defied a curfew and demonstrated in a town in southern Nepal where at least three people were killed in weekend protests, officials said.

Ishtiaq Khalid is having a snow day, forced to stay home from his school in the Pakistani district of Shangla due to inclement weather -- but unlike most 12-year-olds, he is not happy about it.
Children study under open skies as quake rocks education in Pakistan


Impoverished migrant workers in Thailand are sold or lured by false promises and forced to catch and process fish that ends up in global food giant Nestle SA's supply chains.

A Thai military court Tuesday indicted two foreign men for the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, an unprecedented attack that sent shockwaves through the junta-ruled nation.

An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.
Blast at Japan's controversial war shrine causes no injuries


Investigators admitted Monday they were "a long, long way" from knowing why a sightseeing helicopter crashed into a New Zealand glacier, killing all seven people on board.

Korea on Monday staged a major live-fire exercise near the disputed inter-Korean sea border despite North Korea's warning of possible "merciless" retaliation, military officials said.
Korea stages live-fire exercise near sea border


Bangladesh was on high alert Monday after executing two opposition leaders for war crimes during the country's 1971 independence war, despite threats of violence by their supporters and international concerns that the legal proceedings were flawed.
Bangladesh on high alert after 2 opposition leaders executed for independence war roles


The Australian government remained committed to resettling 12,000 Syrian refugees, but security checks could take more than a year, officials said Monday.

Six people were killed when an explosion tore through a house in the Myanmar town of Hakha, police said Monday.

Joining the National Assembly in 1954 at age 26, Kim had led an arduous movement against military-backed leaders including former Presidents Park Chung-hee and Chun Doo-hwan, which led to incarcerations, house arrest and even threats of terror attacks.
Kim Young-sam remembered as democracy fighter, economic reformer


Soldiers, police and volunteers pulled body after body from the rubble in northern Myanmar on Monday, as the death toll from a landslide near several jade mines reached at least 113, a local official said, with more than 100 others missing.
Bodies pulled from rubble in  Myanmar following landslide


An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honors Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured.
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