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Japan's military may join U.S. forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role.

Three Myanmar men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to murder a fellow national in Singapore with a gruesome collection of instruments including a chainsaw, a meat mincer, a cleaver and a chopping board.

One of the Philippines' top nightclubs has issued an apology after its bouncers barred a transgender fashion designer from entering, triggering outrage in celebrity circles.

Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund's bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the country's wealthiest family.
Foreign fund's fight with Samsung galvanizes hedge fund shareholders


Australia said Wednesday it will join the new Beijing-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, contributing AU$930 million (US$719 million) in paid-in capital over five years.

The death toll from a heat wave in southern Pakistan rose to 750 on Wednesday, but the scorching weather showed signs of easing, bringing some respite to the sweltering city of Karachi.

A scorching heat wave across Pakistan's southern Sindh province has killed at least 622 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life.
Major heat wave in southern Pakistan kills over 600 people


A tiny military exercise in the Philippines this week may presage something much bigger: the entry of Japan into the tussle for control of the South China Sea.
Japanese navy drill in South China Sea may lead to larger role


Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military's continuing presence.
Tensions flare in Okinawa on anniversary of battle


Heavily pregnant Takeko Kakazu tried desperately to find shelter in a cave as she fled American shelling in the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago, but was turned away.

Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years.

The United Nations Tuesday opened a new office in Seoul to monitor North Korea's human rights record, after accusing the isolated regime of abuses "without parallel in the contemporary world" in a report published last year.

An internationally celebrated South Korean novelist has apologized over a plagiarism scandal that has shocked her country and prompted a publisher to stop printing one of her books, a report said Tuesday.

North Kore a Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labor for life on espionage and other charges, state media reaSeoul to release them.
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