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Mainland Chinese pressure was blamed Thursday for a stunning diplomatic U-turn by Southeast Asian Nations that saw them retract a statement sounding alarm over Beijing's island building in the South China Sea.
 
Tokyo governor resigns over spending scandal
The governor of Tokyo resigned Wednesday over spending public money on lavish hotels and spa trips, the latest setback on the mega-city's troubled road to hosting the 2020 Olympics.
 
Police poised to arrest popular monk in dramatic showdown
BANGKOK -- Thai police entered a sprawling Buddhist temple complex Thursday, wading through thousands of devotees camped on the grounds, to arrest a popular abbot accused of embezzling $14 million.
 
Chinese spy ship entered Japan waters: Tokyo
A Chinese spy ship entered Japan's territorial waters on Wednesday as Tokyo conducted a joint exercise with the United States and India, Japanese officials said.
 
Pakistan's transgender community face attacks, prejudice
Abandoned by family and mocked by their society, the life of a Pakistani transgender person is lonely. It can even be deadly.
 
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued, then swiftly retracted, a tough statement on tensions in the South China Sea that may have offended meeting host China, underscoring sensitivity over the increasingly heated territorial disputes in the region.
 
New Zealand's government on Wednesday agreed to pay a record amount to a 41-year-old man who spent more than 20 years in prison for a rape and murder he did not commit.
 
Relatives of a Canadian man beheaded by Islamic militants in the Philippines said Tuesday that they agree with Canada's policy of not paying ransom for hostages.
 
A city of nearly 7 million people in southern India has declared a "high alert" for polio after an active strain of the virus was found in samples of sewage water, an official said Wednesday.
 
Tokyo governor submits resignation over spending scandal: official
TOKYO, June 15, 2016 (AFP) - Tokyo's governor submitted his resignation on Wednesday, an official said, after being criticised over lavish personal spending and faced with a no-confidence vote in the local assembly.
 
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