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Indian soldiers shot dead five suspected rebels Friday near the heavily militarized border in Kashmir as they tried to sneak in from the Pakistani side of the divided territory, an army spokesman said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared himself free from "all cares and worries" after inspecting a city inundated by flash floods that killed 40 people and damaged thousands of homes.

The honeymoon did not last long for Malcolm Turnbull. Just days after he took over as prime minister of Australia the attacks have started, with opponents accusing him of selling his ideological soul on issues from climate change to gay marriage in order to snatch the nation's top job.

Japanese lawmakers late Thursday started what is set to be a marathon debate over controversial security bills after scuffles broke out in parliament and protesters railed against the measures.
Japan upper house begins marathon debate over controversial security bill


A Taiwanese fishing boat that was detained in the Philippines for more than three months left for home Thursday after completing all legal procedures.

Nepal's parliament passed a new national constitution on Wednesday, weeks after political leaders reached a historic agreement to create a federal state following an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Nepal's parliament passes new constitution


A Saudi Arabian diplomat accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two Nepalese maids has left India under cover of diplomatic immunity, while Nepal on Thursday called for justice for the women.

Indonesian police have detained seven people whose companies are allegedly connected with illegal agricultural fires that have cloaked Southeast Asia in haze, in rare arrests over the annual smog outbreaks.

With an eye on Nov. 8 polls, Myanmar's president has ticked off a list of accomplishments during his five-year term -- noting with apparent pride a number of anti-Muslim policies that he hopes will help him win re-election.
Myanmar leader seeks to capitalize on anti-Islam sentiment


The illicit timber trade between Myanmar and mainland China is rebounding to near its peak of a decade ago as loggers push deeper into Myanmar to strip its forests, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.

When the Thai military says cadets can't bring phones to training, they mean it.

An animal rights group said Wednesday that New Zealand researchers who secured live pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head with a pistol as part of a study on blood-spatter patterns acted cruelly, and has urged them to end such experiments.

Just after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized nationwide same-sex marriage, tens of thousands of people gathered in front of Seoul's city hall to show their support .
LGBT people in conservative S. Korea find hope


Thousands of demonstrators marched through Malaysia's capital Wednesday to declare support for the embattled government and assert the political dominance of the Malay majority, in a demonstration whose racial overtones sparked concern.
Malays denounce Chinese in racially tinged Malaysia rally

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