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May, 6, 2016

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Withering drought and sizzling temperatures from El Nino have caused food and water shortages and ravaged farming across Asia, and experts warn of a double-whammy of possible flooding from its sibling, La Nina.
 
Russia, China in agreement on North Korea, South China Sea
The foreign ministers of Russia and China on Friday expressed their joint opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in South Korea and said non-claimants should not take sides in the dispute over the South China Sea.
 
North Korea sends another US citizen to prison
North Korea on Friday sentenced a U.S. citizen of Korean heritage to 10 years in prison after convicting him of espionage and subversion, the second American it has put behind bars this year.
 
Japanese tourism board wants foreign tourists to refrain from 'public flatulence'
A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public "belching or flatulence" in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident.
 
Cats at Japan 'cat cafes' can now stay up till 10
Felines at Japan's popular "cat cafes" are now allowed to stay up until 10 p.m. to interact with customers.
 
Australia marked 20 years since its last mass shooting Thursday as campaigners warned its gun laws, which were severely tightened after the massacre, are being eroded.
 
Australia cannot be "misty-eyed" about boatpeople, the country's prime minister said Thursday, the day after his immigration policy was thrown into disarray when Papua New Guinea ordered an offshore processing camp to close.
 
Chinese dissident Lu Jinghua said Thursday New Delhi canceled her visa to travel to India to meet the Dalai Lama, just days after another Chinese activist was blocked after protest from Beijing.
 
A suspected powerful intermediate-range North Korean missile crashed moments after liftoff Thursday, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, in what would be the second such embarrassing failure in recent weeks.
 
Exiled Tibetans re-elect Lobsang Sangay
Exiled Tibetans have re-elected Lobsang Sangay as their leader, the election commission said Wednesday, five years after the Dalai Lama ceded political power in a bid to foster democracy and secure his succession.
 
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