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A scorching heat wave across Pakistan's southern Sindh province has killed at least 622 people, authorities said Tuesday, as morgues overflowed with the dead and overwhelmed hospitals struggled to aid those clinging to life.
Major heat wave in southern Pakistan kills over 600 people

 

A tiny military exercise in the Philippines this week may presage something much bigger: the entry of Japan into the tussle for control of the South China Sea.
Japanese navy drill in South China Sea may lead to larger role

 

Japan's premier Shinzo Abe was heckled Tuesday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Okinawa, the bloodiest episode in the Pacific War, as anger flared over the U.S. military's continuing presence.
Tensions flare in Okinawa on anniversary of battle

 

Heavily pregnant Takeko Kakazu tried desperately to find shelter in a cave as she fled American shelling in the Battle of Okinawa 70 years ago, but was turned away.
 

Parched North Korea has seen significant rainfall over the past 12 days, state media reported, but not enough to end a severe drought described as the worst in 100 years.
 

The United Nations Tuesday opened a new office in Seoul to monitor North Korea's human rights record, after accusing the isolated regime of abuses "without parallel in the contemporary world" in a report published last year.
 

An internationally celebrated South Korean novelist has apologized over a plagiarism scandal that has shocked her country and prompted a publisher to stop printing one of her books, a report said Tuesday.
 

North Kore a Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labor for life on espionage and other charges, state media reaSeoul to release them.
 

Australia's top official on indigenous issues on Tuesday said crocodile safaris should be used to help fund impoverished Aboriginal communities, but the prospect of big game hunters was downplayed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
 

Families of 57 of the dead in the Philippines' worst factory fire have dropped their claims against the company in exchange for a 151,200-peso (US$3,360) settlement, a company lawyer said Tuesday.
 

The Philippine capital's decrepit train network will start issuing certificates of delay to tens of thousands who are late for work because of daily breakdowns, the government said Tuesday.
 

All commercial and civilian aircraft in New Zealand were temporarily grounded on Tuesday when a fault crippled the nation's air traffic control system, causing long delays and some cancellations.
 

A French drug convict lost an appeal against his death sentence Monday, but his lawyers vowed to fight on and prevent another foreigner from facing the firing squad in Indonesia after a series of executions that generated an international uproar.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to improve ties with South Korea after years of strain over history and territory, as the two countries held low-key celebrations of their relationship.
 
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