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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared himself ready to “sweat blood” to ensure that Aborigines are recognized in the nation's constitution, hopefully by 2017.
 

A former Vietnamese refugee shot dead on a Sydney street corner had laundered up to AU$1 billion (US$830 million) at Australian casinos as he cleaned up cash for criminal syndicates, reports said.
 

The Korean Air Lines Co. executive who delayed a flight in an incident dubbed “nut rage” bowed deep in apology Friday before facing questioning by transport officials. Her father, the airline's chairman, also apologized and said he regrets he didn't raise her better.
Korean Air chairman, daughter sorry for 'nut rage'

 

A New Zealand bar manager in Myanmar has been arrested for allegedly insulting Buddhism after posting an online advertisement showing a psychedelic image of Buddha wearing headphones, police said Friday.
 

A Thai airline flight to China returned to Bangkok after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant by tossing hot water at her, the airline said Friday.
 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin held talks Thursday with India's new prime minister as sanctions-hit Moscow seeks to strengthen energy, defense and strategic ties in Asia.
Sanctions-hit Putin visits India to boost ties

 

The uber-trendy Seoul neighborhood made famous by the “Gangnam Style” K-pop hit is known for status-conscious people, plastic surgery clinics and Ivy League prep schools. Now it's making a name as a bustling center for tech startups.
Gangnam new hot spot for startup style

 

Malaysia has summoned the U.S. ambassador after both he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden questioned a government decision to retain and strengthen a controversial law limiting free speech, despite earlier pledging to abolish it.
 

The Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where a February riot left one dead and 69 injured, said a damning parliamentary report released Thursday.
 

Bangladesh officials warned Thursday that an oil spill from a crashed tanker is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the massive Sundarbans mangrove region, branding the leak an ecological “catastrophe.”
 

Australia's jobless rate hit a 12-year high in November, data showed Thursday, as more people looked for jobs in a softening economy hurt by falling commodity prices and weak Chinese demand.
 

South Korea's central bank on Thursday left its key interest rate unchanged at 2.0 percent for December and warned its forecast of almost four percent growth next year would be “difficult” maintain.
 

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged AU$200 million (US$165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.
 

Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group are suspected of carrying out a bus bombing that claimed 10 lives, the military said Wednesday.
 
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