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Japan has made “significant progress” in cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a U.N. review mission said Tuesday as it again advised the country to consider discharging treated water into the sea.

A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake


After stumbling out of recession last quarter, Japan's economy looks set to do something familiar this year: slumber.

East Timor Monday inaugurated a new prime minister at the head of a unity government, as it seeks to hand power to the next generation of leaders more than a decade after gaining independence.
East Timor swears in new PM, unity gov't


Escalating clashes between Myanmar's army and ethnic Kokang fighters killed dozens of rebels over the weekend, including eight who died in custody, state-backed media reported Monday as some 2,000 people fled the violence.

Twelve-year-old Rakib Mia was on his way to scavenge for his family when a petrol bomb exploded on the floor of his bus in Bangladesh, turning him into a human fireball.
'Slow burn' of Bangladesh turmoil ongoing


Less than a week after Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was jailed for sodomy, his lawyers said Monday that he faces a health risk because he's living in a bare cell with just a 2-inch-thick foam mattress on the floor, a bucket for bathing and a squat toilet.

Trustworthy Tokyo-ites handed in US$28 million of lost cash last year, police said Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan's startling honesty.

A crippling mix of “trauma, torture and shame” led high-profile defector Shin Dong-hyuk to distort his harrowing account of life in a North Korean gulag, according to the book's author.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong underwent successful surgery for prostate cancer on Monday and is expected to recover fully, his office said.

A Filipino businesswoman of Chinese descent was abducted Sunday by six gunmen in the southern island province of Sulu, local authorities said Monday.

South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature on Monday approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister following fierce political wrangling over whether he's fit for the country's No. 2 job.

The Philippine military insisted Monday it remained loyal to President Benigno Aquino, responding coup rumors that have swirled since a bungled security operation left 44 police commandos dead.
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Japan's economy limped out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, official data showed Monday, but annual growth was flat and the weaker-than-expected figures were likely to boost calls for more central bank stimulus.
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