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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


Web designer Maria Zurbano kisses her 3-year-old daughter goodbye and sets out in the pre-dawn darkness for a torturous commute through the Philippine capital.

North Korea said Friday it had arrested a U.S. student who, under orders from Washington, had engaged in an unspecified "hostile act" after entering the country on a tourist visa.

Japan should free up its "complex and rigid" reactor inspection regime, a global nuclear watchdog said Thursday, as the country restarts more atomic plants five years after the disaster at Fukushima.
Japan's 'complex and rigid' atomic inspections need to be freer: IAEA


South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday offered a "creative" solution to stalled six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program -- cut Pyongyang from the equation and make them five-party negotiations instead.

An improvised bomb exploded in eastern India Friday, killing two people who had been making explosives in a cow shed, a senior police official said.

North Korea's leadership should be held criminally responsible for egregious human rights abuses, a U.N. envoy said Friday.

South Korea's president questioned the role of long-dormant North Korean nuclear disarmament talks, saying Friday that regional powers should meet without the North in the wake its recent nuclear test.
S. Korea says time to consider nuclear talks without North


Pakistanis buried their dead and observed a day of nationwide mourning Thursday following the brazen attack by Islamic militants who stormed a northwestern university the previous day, gunning down students and teachers and spreading terror before the four gunmen were slain by the military.
Pakistan mourns, buries victims from university attack


A student activist was snatched from a Bangkok street, bundled into a car and assaulted by soldiers, his lawyer said Thursday, in a dramatic act of military muscle-flexing apparently caught on CCTV.

A Japanese minister who was the country's top negotiator for a huge trans-Pacific trade deal was accused of corruption Thursday, piling pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of parliamentary elections this year.

A South Korean man suspected of being behind an explosion at a controversial Tokyo war shrine was rearrested on Thursday, accused of carrying and using gunpowder.

A North Korean woman who defected 16 years ago has returned to the country, state media has reported, shedding tears in a video and ripping up pages from her memoir in an apparent act of recantation.
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