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June, 1, 2016

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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.
 
Prayers, cheers as total eclipse darkens swath of Asia
People gazed at the sky in wonder and cheered while others knelt in prayer as a total eclipse of the sun unfolded over Indonesia on Wednesday, briefly plunging cities into darkness and startling wildlife.
 
Malaysian PM says hopeful Flight 370 will be discovered
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Tuesday he is hopeful that missing Flight 370 will still be found as lawmakers observed a moment of silence in Parliament to mark the second anniversary of the plane's disappearance.
 
The U.S. Air Force will continue to fly daily missions over the South China Sea despite a buildup of mainland Chinese surface-to-air missiles and fighter jets in the contested region, with both forces' militaries in discussions to avoid any miscalculations, a top U.S. general said Tuesday.
 
The tiny South Pacific state of the Marshall Islands began legal proceedings Monday against India at the United Nations' highest court, as part of cases against three of the world's nuclear powers aimed at breathing new life into disarmament negotiations.
 
The Philippine coastguard said it was closely watching a North Korean vessel and its 21 crew members Sunday, as officials waited for a response from the United Nations days after the ship was seized in compliance with new sanctions.
 
Social media sites are increasingly being used in Asia as platforms for the illegal trade of threatened species such as orangutan and sun bears, conservation groups said Thursday.
 
Japan will sign an accord with the Philippines to allow Tokyo to supply military equipment to Manila, the first such Japanese defense pact in a region where both have expressed alarm over China's island-building and other aggressive acts in disputed waters.
 
Mainland China has accused the U.S.-allied Philippines of "political provocation" in seeking international arbitration over territorial claims in the South China Sea.
 
China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday reasserted Beijing's right to develop its South China Sea island outposts following a U.S. think tank's report that China has built new radar facilities in the disputed Spratly Islands.
 
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