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As the last major economy to submit a target for a global climate pact, India is pledging to reduce the intensity of its carbon emissions and boost the share of electricity produced from sources other than fossil fuels to 40 percent by 2030.
India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge


The forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in choking haze are on track to become among the worst on record, NASA has warned, with a prolonged dry season hampering efforts to curb a crisis that has persisted for nearly two decades.

An American anti-abortion activist is expected to be deported from Australia, after the nation's highest court ruled Friday that he posed a threat to public order amid concerns he could incite violence against women.

American R&B singer Chris Brown on Friday thanked New Zealand women's advocates for supporting his plan to perform in the country, despite a domestic violence conviction which could see him banned.

A civilian police employee Friday was killed in a double shooting outside law enforcement headquarters in Sydney, but the attack did not appear to be linked to terrorism, Australian authorities said Friday.

The American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan docked at its new home in Japan's Yokosuka naval port Thursday just as Tokyo tries to deepen defense ties with the U.S. under new security laws that expand the role of Japan's military.
Nuclear-powered carrier USS Ronald Reagan docks in Japan


Thirteen years after winning independence from Indonesia, East Timor has to wage another struggle for justice with a more powerful neighbor -- but this time in the courts, the nation's prime minister says.

Several Thai government websites temporarily crashed due to a "symbolic act" by people against plans to introduce a single Internet gateway, officials said Thursday, a measure critics say will make it easier for the ruling junta to censor the web.

Indians declared US$500 million in black money, the government announced Thursday, a fraction of the total amount feared hidden, as a deadline for coughing up assets hidden from the taxman expired.

Ousted Australian leader Tony Abbott conceded Thursday that his decision to award Prince Philip a knighthood, which sparked a huge public and political backlash, was "injudicious."

An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced five suspected Islamic militants to death and gave seven others life in prison for bombing attacks nine years ago on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.
India sentences 5 to death for 2006 Mumbai train bombing


Thousands of Filipino children, some as young as 9 years old, risk their lives by working in illegal, small-scale gold mines under terrifying conditions and the government has not done enough to protect them, a human rights group said Wednesday.

A senior Nepali lawmaker, tipped to be the next prime minister, on Wednesday accused neighboring giant India of breaking international law by deliberately halting cross-border trade, forcing the landlocked nation to ration fuel.
Nepali leader says India 'breaking int'l law'


Indonesian police were Wednesday investigating claims that several Rohingya women were sexually assaulted by local men outside a camp housing members of the Myanmar minority who had arrived as migrants by boat.
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