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The Philippines voiced alarm Monday about mainland Chinese "aggressiveness" in disputed regional waters as it launched giant war games with the United States that were partly aimed as a warning shot to Beijing.
Philippines voices alarm over China 'aggression'

 

South Korea's main opposition party said Monday it would seek to impeach Prime Minister Lee Wan-loo, one of a number of top officials in President Park Geun-hye's administration facing bribery allegations.
 

Five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country, a refugee advocate said Monday. Ian Rintoul, spokesman for the Australia-based advocacy group
 

Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to Islamabad Monday to unveil a US$46 billion investment plan that Pakistan hopes will end its chronic energy crisis and "transform" the country into a regional economic hub.
China's Xi heads to Islamabad to unveil US$46 billion investment

 

Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution.
Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

 

Tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rallied in India's capital Sunday to protest a government plan to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects.
 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has scaled the country's highest mountain, state-run media said Sunday, arriving at the summit to tell troops that the hike provides mental energy more powerful than nuclear weapons.
Kim Jong Un climbs N. Korea's highest mountain: state media

 

Australia Sunday unveiled a AU$26 million (NT$628 million; US$20 million) package to increase child vaccination rates, as it removed a religious exemption allowing parents unwilling to immunize their children to claim some government welfare.
 

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar faces a possible 43 years in prison for sedition, but the defiant artist says that looming threat won't stop his hard-hitting caricatures lampooning the ruling establishment.
Malaysian cartoonist says he's defiant to 'last drop' of his ink

 

Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons.
India's workers toil, hand-rolling cigarettes

 

Adrian Toomey made thousands of Australian dollars a day as an "ice" dealer in Dubbo, a fairly typical Australian town northwest of Sydney, supplying the drug to everyone from bank workers to school teachers.
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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack Saturday that killed 33 people and wounded more than 100 others in eastern Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani said, in what appears to be the first major attack by the jihadists in the country.
IS claims Afghanistan suicide attack that killed 33: president

 

Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said.
 

An array of new taxes and higher royalties to be implemented in the coming months, affecting property purchases, retail sales and natural resources such as coal, has got businesses worried over rising costs. It could also affect investments.
 
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