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The Australian government was under fire Thursday after approving a huge Chinese-run coal mine near prime farmland, sparking division in its own ranks with Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce complaining that "the world has gone mad."
 

South Korea's central bank cut its economic growth forecast Thursday, citing a severe drought and the spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome.
 

Australia's tax authority has warned large multinational firms it is looking into the use of offshore marketing hubs over concerns such subsidiaries were being utilized to shift profits and reduce tax bills.
 

In a country with zero kindergartens specifically for the deaf, Robert Grund wants to help establish the first -- just a small suite of rooms for perhaps a couple dozen kids, in North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, a city of roughly 2.5 million.
German attempts to break down barriers for deaf in tightly controlled North Korea

 

A Thai policeman described the harrowing moments he discovered the bodies of two British holidaymakers on Koh Tao island as the high-profile trial of two Myanmar migrants charged over their deaths opened Wednesday.
 

Ranong Rachasing would normally be in her fields at this time of year, toiling in ankle-deep water to make her rice paddies bloom through knowledge honed by years of cultivating Thailand's most celebrated export.
Dry paddies strike Thai junta's economic weak spot

 

The Philippines opened its case against China before an international arbitration tribunal Tuesday, which it hopes will rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.
 

Indonesian police posing as wildlife buyers have arrested a suspected trafficker for selling protected eagles on Facebook, an official said Wednesday.
Indonesia arrests man for selling endangered Eagles on Facebook

 

The Korean Air chief steward ejected from a flight by a senior airline executive in a now infamous "nut rage" incident, has had his industrial injury claim approved by a state agency, officials said Wednesday.
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Myanmar on Wednesday announced Nov. 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition in a quarter of a century.
 

Thirty years after France's deadly bomb attack on the Rainbow Warrior in New Zealand, anger still crackles in Pete Willcox's voice when he discusses the sinking of the Greenpeace flagship.
Anger 30 years after France bombed Greenpeace ship

 

A Buddhist monastery in Bangladesh is serving food to hundreds of poor Muslims during Ramadan, in a rare example of social harmony between the religions in the South Asian nation.
Bangladeshi Buddhist monks feeding fasting Muslims in Ramadan

 

An independent Australian senator Tuesday threatened to physically intimidate Prime Minister Tony Abbott, using illegal rugby tactics including grabbing his testicles, if he does not limit coal-seam gas exploration.
 

The world's oldest man, Sakari Momoi, has died in Japan at the ripe old age of 112, an official said Tuesday.
The world's oldest man dies at age 112 in Japan

 
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