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Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for more than 65 deaths, disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical city in southern China in almost 50 years.
Asia shivers, slips and slides in record-low temperatures

 

The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that this small nation will help counter communist China's assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Laos assures US it will help counter China assertiveness

 

Two Chinese citizens have been killed and one injured in a suspected bomb attack in central Laos, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, a mountainous area that in recent months has seen an increase in violence and in years past was the scene of clashes between government forces and the Hmong ethnic minority.
 

A Japanese rocket maker said Monday that a large piece of metal that washed up on a beach in Thailand is likely part of a rocket launched by Japan, not a missing Malaysian plane.
 

India and France said Monday that they are close to sealing a multibillion euro agreement for New Delhi to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets.
 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing for peaceful resolutions to increasingly tense maritime disputes in Asia and urging mainland China to take a firmer stand on North Korea's nuclear program after its recent bomb test.
Kerry off to Asia to address maritime disputes

 

France's President Francois Hollande played down the prospect of a swift conclusion to a drawn-out deal for New Delhi to buy 36 French jet fighters as he began a 3-day visit to India Sunday.
Hollande starts India visit, says jet deal will take time

 

Nepal's parliament voted on Saturday to amend the country's new constitution in a bid to resolve a months-long dispute with ethnic minority protesters demanding more political representation.
 

Headmaster Naveed Gul walked past the armed guard at the gate into his office. As primary school pupils studied their morning lessons outside, he reached beneath his warm woolly sweater, and pulled out a gun.
Pakistan's thin red line: armed teachers in all of its classrooms

 

Japan's aging Emperor Akihito travels to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, his latest pacifist pilgrimage which appears increasingly at odds with the government's rightward drift.
 

Thailand's air force said Sunday it would bring a piece of suspected aircraft debris found on the southeast coast to Bangkok, amid media speculation it may belong to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
 

Thai health officials are trying to trace dozens of people who may have come into contact with an elderly Omani man who tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), the Health Ministry said Sunday.
 

A retired U.S. ambassador who used his connections to help negotiate the release of an American held by North Korea in 2014 said he doesn't expect to be involved in any talks with the country over a detained American student.
 

More than a million Hindus in Malaysia celebrated the colorful Thaipusam festival on Sunday, thronging temples to display their devotion with wince-inducing body piercing and offerings to the deity Murugan.
Vivid displays of devotion at the Malaysian Thaipusam festival

 
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