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September, 29, 2016

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has launched a profanity-filled tirade against the European Union, in his latest riposte to international criticism of the rising death toll in his brutal crackdown on crime.
 
N. Korea claims new rocket engine test
North Korea has successfully tested a new, high-powered rocket engine, state media said Tuesday, a move Seoul said was designed to showcase its progress towards being able to target the U.S. east coast.
 
Briton guilty of defamation for Thailand slavery report
A British activist was found guilty of criminal defamation on Tuesday and given a suspended jail sentence over a report alleging abuses in Thailand's lucrative fruit industry -- a verdict the U.N. described as "very disturbing."
 
Men pulled from Ayers Rock crevasse
Three young men stuck in a crevasse on Australian tourist attraction Uluru, the world's largest monolith, were lowered to safety in a difficult, late-night rescue operation, authorities said Tuesday.
 
Saudi pilot triggers false hijack alarm in Philippines
A pilot of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight accidentally pressed a hijack alarm, triggering a major security response at Manila airport on Tuesday, authorities said.
 
Thousands in India for rare Buddhist festival
Hundreds of thousands of monks, devotees and tourists have flocked to India's remote Ladakh region for a rare Buddhist festival, dubbed the "Kumbh Mela of the Himalayas" by promoters.
 
Smog crisis 'caused over 100,000 deaths in Southeast Asia'
A smog outbreak in Southeast Asia last year may have caused over 100,000 premature deaths, according to a new study released Monday that triggered calls for action to tackle the "killer haze."
 
Thais search for missing from boat accident
Divers located the body of a young boy on Monday as they resumed their search for missing passengers after an overcrowded boat carrying Muslim pilgrims sank on Thailand's Chao Phraya river, leaving at least 15 people dead.
 
Norwegian says his Philippine kidnapping was 'devastating'
A Norwegian man freed by militants after a year of jungle captivity in the southern Philippines described the ordeal Sunday as "devastating," carrying a backpack with a bullet hole as a reminder of a near-death experience that included the beheadings of the two Canadians kidnapped with him.
 
Cambodia's strongman premier vowed Monday to "eliminate" his opponents if they push ahead with plans for nationwide protests against an ongoing government crackdown that has sparked international alarm.
 
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