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A Seoul court sentenced an American to 20 years in prison Friday for fatally stabbing a South Korean university student at a Seoul Burger King restaurant in 1997.
 

It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos. Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.
Magical Laos town preserved by UNESCO has 'lost its soul'

 

The Bank of Japan on Friday said it will charge lenders that leave too much cash on idle deposit with it, introducing a negative interest rate policy for the first time as it seeks to shore up a stumbling economic recovery.
Japan introduces negative interest rate to boost economy

 

With a mournful bow, Emperor Akihito paid his respects in the Philippines Friday to the largest number of Japanese invasion troops who died outside their homeland in World War II.
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Emperor Akihito honors Japanese war dead in Philippines

 

The pro-democracy party in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi announced ethnically diverse choices Thursday for leadership of the legislature as it prepares to take over the government from a military-backed party after parliament convenes Monday.
 

Japan's economy minister resigned Thursday after a corruption allegation in a setback for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's effort to rev up growth in the world's third-largest economy.
Japan economy minister quits over graft allegations

 

Nepal's image as one the most corrupt countries in the world has taken a further beating, Transparency International (TI) (non-governmental organization that monitors and publicizes corporate and political corruption) said in its annual report published on Wednesday.
 

Indonesia's state-owned telecommunications company said it has blocked the Internet video service Netflix in a possible setback to the U.S. company's expansion in Asia.
 

The decision contravenes the Agreement on the Cooperation for the Sustainable Development of the Mekong River Basin, which was signed in 1995, because the Thai government has not asked for permission from the Mekong River Commission (MRC), according to NGO representatives.
 

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.
 

One-party rule in communist Vietnam is a far better alternative to authoritarianism disguised as democracy, the 71-year-old ideologue who was re-elected as party chief and consequently the country's leader said Thursday.
Re-elected Vietnam Communist Party chief  says one-party rule is far better

 

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III gave a red-carpet welcome to Japan's emperor Wednesday in a sign of blossoming ties between the two nations, both mired in territorial disputes with China, ................
Philippine leader welcomes Japan emperor as ties blossom

 

Five days after the ceremony to celebrate the ground-breaking of Indonesia's Jakarta-Bandung high speed railway project, the government has changed its mind, saying that construction cannot proceed as a result of unresolved issues and incomplete paperwork.
 

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.
Nations will respect tribunal on S. China Sea: Australia

 
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