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May, 27, 2016

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Countries and mega-cities across Asia are highly exposed to natural hazards ranging from cyclones to earthquakes, but people in sub-Saharan Africa are more vulnerable, according to a report released Wednesday.
 
Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim
Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
 
Exiled Tibetans vote for government not recognized by China
The prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile called Sunday for China to engage in dialogue on autonomy for his people's homeland, as tens of thousands of Tibetans around the world voted for new leaders of a government that Beijing does not recognize.
 
The Philippines on Sunday hailed a new accord giving the U.S. military access to five of its bases, saying this would strengthen its defensive capabilities and maritime security.
 
Lights out: Cities worldwide mark the 10th annual Earth Hour
Cities around the world turned out the lights Saturday evening to mark the 10th annual Earth Hour, a global movement dedicated to protecting the planet and highlighting the effects of climate change.
 
A Japanese submarine will make a port call in the Philippines for the first time in 15 years and visit Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay for the first time ever, Japan's navy said.
 
China howls but Dalai Lama draws crowd at talk
The Dalai Lama appeared Friday at a Geneva human rights conference, despite mainland China's plea to diplomats to stay away from the event.
 
A new piece of debris found by a South African holidaymaker that could be a part of the missing Malaysian flight MH370 will be sent to Australia for analysis, aviation authorities said.
 
Traditional Hawaiian garments gifted to Captain James Cook before he was killed in the islands more than two centuries ago were handed back to indigenous people of the U.S. Pacific state Friday at a ceremony in Wellington.
 
Six Bangladeshi migrants caught entering Australian waters by the country's border patrol have been sent back to Indonesia on a fishing boat, an Indonesian official said Thursday.
 
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