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The United Nations' human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of “chilling effects” on freedom of expression under the junta.
 

A Chinese state-run newspaper on Wednesday called on Beijing to “teach Canberra a lesson” after Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer labeled the Communist government “mongrels” who “shoot their own people” in a televised tirade.
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New Zealand on Wednesday announced it will ban the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts said is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.
 

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”
North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

 

Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.
 

Passengers aboard an Indian Indigo jet were evacuated Wednesday using emergency chutes after air traffic controllers warned the pilot about dense smoke as the plane landed at New Delhi airport.
 

Japan's trade deficit for July narrowed 6.6 percent from a year earlier, data showed Wednesday, with exports picking up on rising demand for cars and machinery.
Japan trade deficit narrows on export pick-up

 

At least six people were confirmed dead and 22 were missing after rain-sodden hills in the outskirts of Hiroshima gave way early Wednesday in several landslides.
At least 6 dead, 22 missing in Hiroshima landslide

 

Tensions rose in the Pakistani capital on Tuesday as an opposition rally prepared to march toward the Parliament and government headquarters in Islamabad later in the day and authorities beefed up security measures to prevent violence.
Pakistani opposition gears for march on parliament

 

Australia and Indonesia have agreed to put a damaging spy row behind them, officials said Tuesday, paving the way for the resumption of full cooperation on issues such as defense.
 
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