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Four years after a towering tsunami ravaged much of Japan's northeastern coast, efforts to fend off future disasters are focusing on a nearly 400-kilometer (250-mile) chain of cement sea walls, at places nearly five stories high.
Costly sea wall is Japan's solution to tsunami threat

 

Some of the 120,000 people displaced by the Philippine army's offensive against Muslim insurgents will soon be allowed to return home now that violence has eased, a spokeswoman said Sunday.
 

The Chiang Mai Chamber of Commerce has revealed that the burning of corn plantations to clear the fields, covering 8,000 square kilometers in the north of Thailand, is the main cause of the severe haze problem facing the region every year.
 

Has the recent Mamasapano clash gotten to Philippine President Aquino Benigno Aquino III's nerves? Or have too many cigarettes and too much soda joined forces with pressure from handling the affairs of state to bring his 55-year-old body down?
 

Police have detained more than 1,000 people in eastern India over a cheating scandal that saw relatives scale the walls of a school exam center to help students, a senior officer said Sunday.
 

From her poverty-stricken roots in a Philippine backwater, via domestic service in Hong Kong to acclaim in New York, Xyza Cruz Bacani's inspirational journey started with a camera bought with borrowed money.
 

As the health of Singapore's founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew deteriorated on the weekend, thousands of Singaporeans visited his hospital and a community center to leave flowers, gifts and emotional messages of support.
 

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan pledged to set up a trilateral leadership summit at “the earliest” opportunity as they met in Seoul on Saturday for the first time in nearly three years.
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Asian powers to seek leadership summit

 

Michelle Obama called on schoolgirls to stay in school to push for equality and hold their leaders accountable on Saturday during the first trip by a sitting U.S. president's wife to Cambodia.
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Mrs. Obama urges Cambodia girls stand up to authority

 

At least two people were killed and seven others wounded after a bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside a mosque in Karachi on Friday, police said.
 

Rewatiraman Shukla, a young office worker living in a slum on New Delhi's outskirts, can't remember a time when his family did not have a newspaper delivered to their home. Even when home was a single room in a congested tenement without indoor plumbing. Even when his father was working long hours as the single breadwinner to provide the bare necessities.
Small-town India enjoys regional newspaper boom

 

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time.
 

Dozens of dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm were in rough shape both physical and mentally when they arrived in Northern California this week to start new lives.
 

Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority.
 
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