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A Thai airline flight to China returned to Bangkok after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant by tossing hot water at her, the airline said Friday.
 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin held talks Thursday with India's new prime minister as sanctions-hit Moscow seeks to strengthen energy, defense and strategic ties in Asia.
Sanctions-hit Putin visits India to boost ties

 

The uber-trendy Seoul neighborhood made famous by the “Gangnam Style” K-pop hit is known for status-conscious people, plastic surgery clinics and Ivy League prep schools. Now it's making a name as a bustling center for tech startups.
Gangnam new hot spot for startup style

 

Malaysia has summoned the U.S. ambassador after both he and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden questioned a government decision to retain and strengthen a controversial law limiting free speech, despite earlier pledging to abolish it.
 

The Australian government failed in its duty to protect asylum-seekers at a camp in Papua New Guinea where a February riot left one dead and 69 injured, said a damning parliamentary report released Thursday.
 

Bangladesh officials warned Thursday that an oil spill from a crashed tanker is threatening endangered dolphins and other wildlife in the massive Sundarbans mangrove region, branding the leak an ecological “catastrophe.”
 

Australia's jobless rate hit a 12-year high in November, data showed Thursday, as more people looked for jobs in a softening economy hurt by falling commodity prices and weak Chinese demand.
 

South Korea's central bank on Thursday left its key interest rate unchanged at 2.0 percent for December and warned its forecast of almost four percent growth next year would be “difficult” maintain.
 

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged AU$200 million (US$165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries.
 

Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group are suspected of carrying out a bus bombing that claimed 10 lives, the military said Wednesday.
 

North Korea, rattled by U.N. condemnation of its human rights record, urged the Security Council Wednesday to censure the United States for its use of “inhuman torture” methods.
 

New Indonesian President Joko Widodo has pledged there will be no pardons for drug traffickers on death row, including several foreigners, drawing criticism Wednesday from rights groups.
 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is seeking stronger energy ties with Asia over the West, amid tensions with the U.S. and its European allies over the crisis in the Ukraine.
 

Indian police questioned an Uber executive Tuesday about the company's claim it conducts comprehensive background checks and a top official called for the taxi-booking service to be banned nationwide after one of its New Delhi drivers was accused of rape.
 
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