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Bomb attack at Pakistani mosque kills at least 61: officials
A bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday killing at least 61 people, officials said, in the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in nearly two years.
 

A woman who says an Uber driver raped her in New Dehli, India, on Thursday accused the company in a lawsuit filed in U.S. court of failing to properly investigate the alleged assailant's background.
 

Singapore's parliament has enacted a universal health insurance scheme with nearly US$3.0 billion in subsidies to help the elderly and lower-income people, as it responds to demands for better social safety nets.
 

The Philippine president said Friday he has ordered the hunt for a Filipino terror suspect who escaped an anti-terrorist operation that resulted in the killings of 44 police commandos, the biggest single-day combat loss in recent years that threatened to derail a peace deal with Muslim rebels.
 

Two senior Thai police officers allegedly at the center of corruption network whose exposure led to the downfall of a senior Thai princess were jailed Friday under Thailand's controversial lese majeste law.
Top Thai cops jailed in graft case that toppled princess

 

A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation.
Philippines mourns policemen killed by MILF

 

North Korea demanded an “absurd” US$10 billion payoff and close to a million tonnes in food aid in 2009 in return for a hoped-for summit with Seoul, then-South Korean president Lee Myung-Bak said in a soon-to-be-published memoir.
 

Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December, an inquest into the deadly standoff heard Thursday.
 

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression.
 

Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 an “accident” and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but which was met with angry skepticism by distraught relatives.
 

The governor of Pakistan's central Punjab province resigned on Thursday, saying the country's political system had failed ordinary people and served “only the elite class.”
 

Best-selling Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose novel “The Thorn Birds” sold 30 million copies worldwide, has died at age 77 after a long illness.
 

The French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane before it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said Thursday.
 

Andy Murray drew massive applause not just for his tennis, but for an eloquent tribute to female coaches.
 
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