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Japanese space scientists are on the hunt for a new name for an asteroid that may contain the secret of life, with a public competition beginning Wednesday.
 

Japan is on the hook to pay as much as US$50 million for its scrapped Olympic stadium even though not a single brick has been laid, officials and media said Wednesday.
 

China has put 16 drilling rigs close to its de facto maritime border with Japan, Tokyo said Wednesday, in the latest twist in a row over gas fields in waters disputed by the two countries.
China has drilling rigs close to disputed waters: Japan

 

An outside director of Mitsubishi Materials said Wednesday that the company hopes to apologize to former British, Dutch and Australian World War II POWs, and also reach an amicable agreement with Chinese forced laborers, following a landmark apology to American POWs earlier this week.
 

India's top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by Yakub Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution.
 

Support for the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has plunged to an all-time low after it pushed unpopular defense bills through parliament despite public anger, according to a new poll.
 

Australian officials urged vigilance on Monday following nationalistic and anti-Islam rallies, to ensure sentiment does not boil over into ugly race riots similar to those seen in 2005.
Fears about violence following nationalist  protests in Australia

 

Even in death, Andal Ampatuan Sr. will have to answer for the massacre of 58 people nearly six years ago in a town bearing his name, the deadliest election-related violence in the country.
 

South Korea voiced regret Monday at North Korea's rejection of its offers for talks at various levels as both countries prepare to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from Japanese colonial rule.
 

Indian police said Monday they are investigating whether a man arrested for the murder and sexual assault of a six-year-old girl may have been a serial child killer after he confessed to 14 more crimes.
 

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi invoked the memory of her assassinated father Sunday, describing upcoming elections as an opportunity to continue his legacy and bring real change to the former junta-ruled nation.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi invokes father's sacrifice ahead of this year's elections

 

Protesters demanding that Nepal be turned back into a Hindu nation scuffled with police Monday and threw chairs at the country's deputy prime minister when he was collecting suggestions on a draft constitution.
 

State-controlled local elections in North Korea on Sunday saw a 99.97-percent voter participation rate, state media reported, in polls to elect new representatives put forward by the ruling party.
 

The Philippines on Sunday hailed what it termed growing international support for its efforts to counter the People's Republic of China's claims to most of the South China Sea.
 
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