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Japan's election campaign kicks off; PM Abe pushes economic policies
Campaigning for Japan's parliamentary election kicked off Wednesday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party seeking a mandate for his economic policies amid opposition criticism that the lives of ordinary people are not improving.
 
Nuclear-armed North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with both achieving a significant increase in flight distance over previous failed launches, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.
 
India launches 20 satellites in single mission
India successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites on Wednesday, setting a new national record as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market.
 
A piece of debris that washed up on an island off Australia's south coast was not from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, officials said Wednesday as they confirmed there are no plans to extend the underwater search for the plane.
 
One of Pakistan's best known Sufi musicians was shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi on Wednesday, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an "act of terror."
 
A huge cattle station that pours sediment into the Great Barrier Reef was bought Wednesday by the government as efforts are stepped up to help the World Heritage site bounce back from mass bleaching.
 
South Korea military: North Korea fires 2 suspected midrange missiles
In a remarkable show of persistence, North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected powerful new Musudan midrange ballistic missiles, U.S. and South Korean military officials said, its fifth and sixth such attempts since April.
 
Japan election campaign kicks off, voting age lowered to 18
Japan's parliamentary election campaign kicked off Wednesday in the first nationwide balloting after the voting age was lowered to 18 from 20.
 
Row over N. Korea defectors echoes in Seoul court
A South Korean court hearing into a dozen North Korean defectors who Pyongyang insists were abducted, adjourned Tuesday with a motion to replace the judge after he declined to compel the 12 women to appear.
 
At least three dead in Japan landslides, floods
At least three people have died and three are missing after landslides and floods hit a region in southern Japan that was recently battered by major earthquakes, officials said Tuesday.
 
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