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Duterte reignites fears over martial law
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Thursday he may impose martial law and suspend elections for tens of thousands of local posts, fueling concerns about democracy under his rule.
 
Sewol lifted from sea after 3 years
A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever.
 
Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen (US$9,000) through his wife for a school run by ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting a land-buying scandal involving the school had "political influence" behind it.
 
Indonesian survey shows massive coral death resulting from cruise ship grounding
Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month.
 
N. Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul
A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South and U.S. said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on American bases in Japan.
 
Endangered elephant in Cambodia killed by power pole
A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the animal.
 
South Korea set to start salvage of MV Sewol
South Korean workers have started tests to determine if they can begin salvaging a 6,800-ton ferry that sank in 2014, killing more than 300 people and triggering the initial public uproar that contributed to the recent ouster of Park Geun-hye as president.
 
'I want my family to eat'  Children fuel Myanmar's economic boom
Fourteen-year-old San Min Hteik had worked at the steel factory for less than a week when his hand got caught in a machine, a casualty of the economic boom driving more children into Myanmar's factories.
 
South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea
A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever.
 
S. Korea's Park says 'sorry' as she's to undergo questioning
South Korea's just-ousted president said she was "sorry" to the people as she arrived Tuesday at a prosecutors' office for questioning over a corruption scandal that led to her removal from office.
 
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