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Ship hijackings down in '15, piracy mostly low-level theft
A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft.
 
A defense official says a U.S. Navy ship has sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea to exercise the U.S.' freedom to navigate in international waters.
 
Trilateral education meet held for 1st time
The education officials of South Korea, Japan and mainland China on Saturday held the first three-way meeting among the countries that often spar over how their wartime past is described in textbooks.
 
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the mosquito-borne disease, which could be linked to birth defects and can cause temporary paralysis.
 
Emperor Akihito honors Japan's war dead in Philippines
With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in a war memorial in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.
 
A mainland Chinese ship equipped with advanced sonar equipment will soon join the search for the Malaysian airliner believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean almost two years ago, an official said on Friday.
 
Pakistan's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States will meet in the Pakistani capital Islamabad next month to discuss how to resume the stalled peace process between Kabul and the Taliban.
 
Nations will respect tribunal on S. China Sea: Australia
An international arbitration case over the disputed South China Sea that has been boycotted by mainland China will "settle once and for all" whether artificial reefs are entitled to territorial waters, Australia's top diplomat said Tuesday.
 
Malaysia confirmed Tuesday that the piece of metal found washed up on a Thai beach last week was not from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing almost two years ago in one of aviation history's most enduring mysteries.
 
Asia shivers, slips and slides in record-low temperatures
Unusually cold weather in eastern Asia has been blamed for more than 65 deaths, disrupted transportation and brought the first snow to a subtropical city in southern China in almost 50 years.
 
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