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Australia will strengthen its immigration laws and crack down on groups that incite hatred under a raft of counterterrorism measures introduced Monday in a bid to combat the threat from home grown terrorists.
 

Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.
 

Three of the nine members of the Bank of Japan's policy board have cast doubt on the feasibility of reaching its two-percent inflation target, minutes revealed Monday.
 

Australia Post Monday forecast its first annual loss in more than 30 years and warned it would lose AU$6.6 billion (US$5.2 billion) over the next decade without urgent regulatory reform.
 

Investors from five foreign countries including Norway and Sweden have started investing in Myanmar for the first time, according to the Directorate Investment and Company Administration (DICA).
 

As an engineering major at Seoul's Yonsei University, Yoon Ja-young was perfectly poised to follow the secure, lucrative and socially prized career path long-favored by South Korea's elite graduates.
Korean tech start-ups offering opportunities beyond Samsung

 

Tightening the screws even further on travel to their already isolated country, North Korean authorities have barred foreigners from one of the year's most popular tourist events — the annual Pyongyang marathon — because of ongoing concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus, travel agencies said Monday.
Pyongyang race bars foreigners

 

Nepal is improving weather forecasting systems, stepping up security and promises swift rescues if needed during the upcoming climbing season on Everest in attempt to recover from the worst mountaineering disaster on the world's highest peak last year.
Nepal vows to boost Everest climbing conditions

 

Police in Pakistan's far north have set up a special high-altitude unit in a bid to entice back climbers after a group of foreign mountaineers were massacred by militants in the region in 2013.
 

A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender Filipina refused to enter a plea on Monday as he sought to have the case dismissed, but his trial will go ahead nevertheless, lawyers said.
No plea in US Marine trial in Philippines

 

Australia stayed silent about human rights abuses in Sri Lanka in exchange for its cooperation in cracking down on people smuggling, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in an interview published Monday.
 

Sensors at the Fukushima nuclear plant have detected a fresh leak of highly radioactive water to the sea, the plant's operator announced Sunday, highlighting difficulties in decommissioning the crippled plant.
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A river ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized and sank in central Bangladesh on Sunday and a rescue operation is underway, an official said.
 

Myanmar's army Saturday said more than 130 people had died in a deepening battle with rebels in the northeast, declaring it would not rest until stability was restored to the border area which tens of thousands have fled.
 
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