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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.
 
Two Chinese citizens have been killed and one injured in a suspected bomb attack in central Laos, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, a mountainous area that in recent months has seen an increase in violence and in years past was the scene of clashes between government forces and the Hmong ethnic minority.
 
A Japanese rocket maker said Monday that a large piece of metal that washed up on a beach in Thailand is likely part of a rocket launched by Japan, not a missing Malaysian plane.
 
Kerry off to Asia to address maritime disputes
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing for peaceful resolutions to increasingly tense maritime disputes in Asia and urging mainland China to take a firmer stand on North Korea's nuclear program after its recent bomb test.
 
Thailand's air force said Sunday it would bring a piece of suspected aircraft debris found on the southeast coast to Bangkok, amid media speculation it may belong to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
 
The head of the newly opened Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of Beijing's efforts to weave together regional trade partners and solidify its global status.
 
Japan, South Korea and the United States on Saturday ratcheted up pressure on China to support the "strongest possible" punishment against North Korea, following Pyongyang's nuclear test earlier this month.
 
AIIB will boost investment in region: Xi
The new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will boost investment in the region while contributing to "fairer" global economic governance, mainland leader Xi Jinping said Saturday at the formal opening ceremony in Beijing.
 
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday defended a landmark deal with Japan over wartime sex slaves, saying her government had tackled a "difficult problem" dodged by her predecessors.
 
Vietnam has accused China of threatening the safety of civilian flights over the disputed South China Sea by failing to properly inform its aviation authorities of Beijing's recent test flights to a man-made island also claimed by Hanoi.
 
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