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Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh, The Associated Press has found.
 

Hanoi - At least 14 people were killed and 30 injured in a scaffold collapse in a steel complex that has investment from Taiwan-based conglomerate Formosa Plastics Group , media in the Southeast Asian country reported early Thursday.
Scaffold collapse in FPG Vietnam factory kills 14

 

Counterterrorism squads have prevented 230 suspected jihadis from departing Australian airports for the Middle East this month, including at least three teenage boys, officials said Wednesday.
 

Thailand's junta chief warned detractors Wednesday that he would hold onto power indefinitely if they continued to oppose his plans for the kingdom in a heated press briefing ahead of an overseas trip.
 

Japan's prime minister is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said on Wednesday, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history.
 

Angry relatives gathered outside a Myanmar court Wednesday to show support for dozens of activists, arrested after a police crackdown on a student-led protest and facing charges that could see them jailed for nearly a decade.
 

New Delhi authorities have ordered U.S.-based Uber and its Indian rival Ola Cabs off the city's roads, warning that they must halt operations for their license applications to be considered.
 

Singaporeans stood in silence Wednesday as Lee Kuan Yew's coffin traveled on a ceremonial gun carriage a short distance from the presidential palace to parliament, where thousands waited for hours to pay respects to the city-state's founder before a funeral this weekend.
Lee lies in state as Singaporeans bid farewell

 

Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that he supported the proposed development of a Chinese-backed Asian regional bank as long as it was transparent and not run by a single country.
 

Australia's competition watchdog Wednesday called on the world's fourth largest iron ore exporter Fortescue to explain why its chief executive raised the prospect of capping production to halt plunging prices, saying it was anti-competitive.
 

An expert panel advising Japan's nationalist prime minister on a highly sensitive statement about World War II has run into disagreement over how to describe Tokyo's wartime military action.
 

India's top court affirmed people's right to free speech in cyberspace Tuesday by striking down a provision that had called for imprisoning people who send “offensive” messages by computer or cellphone.
 

Bangladesh officials have summoned Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over US$1.51 million in allegedly unpaid taxes, an official said Tuesday, in what analysts saw as the latest politically motivated move against the micro-credit pioneer.
 

Most Filipinos back divorce and support is growing in the largely Catholic nation, the only one in the world alongside the Vatican that does not allow the dissolution of failed marriages, a survey has found.
 
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