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India and Pakistan aborted rare talks this weekend under a cloud of recriminations, while on the front line of their festering conflict in Kashmir, villagers cowering from artillery in mud huts despair of ever seeing lasting peace.
Fear and despair in Kashmir as India-Pakistan talks falter

 

Pyongyang's shiny new airport building has all the features international travelers have come to expect, though some lose their luster upon closer examination. Case in point: Its Internet room appears to be missing the Internet.
Brand-new Pyongyang airport Internet room a closed window on North Korea

 

An elephant in northern Thailand went berserk Wednesday, killing his "mahout" keeper before running off into the jungle with three terrified Chinese tourists still on his back, police said.
 

Japan's national bar association on Wednesday threw its weight behind growing opposition to controversial security bills that could pave the way for Japanese troops to engage in combat for the first time since the end of World War II.
 

Thousands of security officers were being deployed Wednesday to the main city of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state after overnight rioting and arson by a caste demanding preferential treatment.
Indian leader's home state under curfew after rioting

 

South Korea says it got an apology. North Korea says its archrival learned a "serious lesson." That's how compromises are engineered on a peninsula that has technically been at war for more than 60 years.
S. Korea halts broadcasts as Koreas reach deal

 

At least 11 people, most of them children, were killed in a series of explosions at an Afghan gas storage facility, which triggered a massive inferno in a nearby settlement for displaced people, officials said Tuesday.
 

Singapore will hold a snap general election on Sept. 11, officials said Tuesday as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a new mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living.
 

Hundreds of security personnel patrolled a tense town in western Nepal Tuesday after an 18-month-old boy and seven police died in violent protests against a new constitution.
 

An 83-year-old Catholic cardinal in the Philippines came to the rescue of thousands of stranded motorists over the weekend after single-handedly untangling a traffic jam in Manila during a typhoon.
'Hand of God' untangles Philippine traffic chaos on major highway during typhoon

 

Typhoon Goni slammed into the Japanese mainland Tuesday, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured and disrupting rail and flight services, as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.
Typhoon Goni slams into Japanese mainland and leaves destruction and injuries in its wake

 

Australian police said Tuesday 70 kilograms of cocaine worth US$12.6 million has been seized from a yacht, as they crack down on syndicates trafficking drugs through the South Pacific.
 

Thailand's junta said Tuesday the crucial tourist industry has been unaffected by last week's deadly bomb attack, as police quizzed a taxi driver believed to have picked up the main suspect.
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Australian authorities Tuesday dropped a terror charge against a teenager over an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to attack Anzac Day commemorations honoring the war dead, citing insufficient evidence.
 
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