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At least 116 people were killed Tuesday when an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a major city shortly after take-off and exploded in a fireball, officials said.
At least 116 dead in Indonesia military plane crash: officials

 

The European Union hit out at Thailand's junta Tuesday for pursuing sedition charges against a group of anti-coup student activists, describing their arrest and prosecution in a military court as a "disturbing development."
EU slams Thai student sedition charges

 

The first openly gay U.S. ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday he was confident that the "great debate" among Australians on whether to allow gay marriages would result in the best outcome for the country.
 

An American tourist who vanished from northern Australia five years ago, with his kayak found submerged near a beach, has been discovered alive by police investigating a burglary.
 

A man set himself ablaze onboard a moving bullet train in Japan Tuesday, killing himself and a woman, in an unprecedented incident on a network with an enviable safety record.
 

TOKYO -- A passenger on one of Japan's high-speed bullet trains set himself on fire Tuesday, filling a carriage with smoke, Japanese officials said. National broadcaster NHK said the man and a female passenger were dead.
Reports: 2 dead after man sets self on fire on Japan train

 

SYDNEY--The Australian mother-in-law of a notorious Islamic State group fighter said Monday she was "devastated" that police had refused to help bring her five grandchildren home from Syria.
 

South Korea reported no new cases of MERS or deaths from the virus for the first time in nine days Monday, but officials warned there was no indication yet that the outbreak had been brought under control.
S. Korea cautiously reports no new MERS cases or deaths

 

A devastating weeklong heat wave in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi killed 1,233 souls, an official said.
Weeklong heat wave in south of Pakistan kills 1,233 people

 

The Philippines has halted the repair of its airstrip in the disputed Spratly islands due to its pending suit at The Hague challenging the People's Republic of China's (PRC) claim over the waters, a presidential spokesman said Sunday.
 

Thousands gathered in central Seoul on Sunday to take part in a gay pride parade, with many celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision allowing same-sex couples to wed.
Thousands gather for S. Korea's gay pride parade

 

Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka's Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland.
War widows pin hopes on Sri Lanka leader

 

Tama the stationmaster, Japan's feline star of a struggling local railway, was mourned by company officials and fans and elevated into a goddess at a funeral Sunday.
Japan mourns the passing of Tama, the 'cat stationmaster'

 

Vietnam said Sunday it will end restrictions limiting the stake foreigners can own in some locally listed companies, the latest move by the communist country to open up to overseas investments.
 
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