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Rain failed to dampen spirits at India's Republic Day parade Monday as Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a sign of the nations' growing closeness.
Rain fails to spoil day as Obama attends India parade

 

Japan sought help from Jordan and other countries Monday in its race to save a hostage held by the extremist Islamic State (IS) group, with no signs of progress on securing his release.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as “outrageous and unforgivable” and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion.
Japan decries 'outrageous' hostage murder

 

Nepal's parliamentary speaker Sunday announced plans for a vote on a new national constitution to end a political deadlock, sparking fresh anger from opposition lawmakers.
 

U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world's two largest democracies.
Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse

 

Philippine security forces and a Muslim rebel group said Sunday they had clashed in the country's south with an unspecified number of casualties, in violence rarely seen since the signing of a peace treaty.
 

Australia said on Sunday it was simplifying the process of adopting children from overseas, setting up a single body to manage applications while working on new arrangements with the United States, Poland and Vietnam.
 

North Korea Sunday described U.S. President Barack Obama as a “loser” over his criticism on its regime, accusing him of being obsessed with hostility toward Pyongyang.
 

Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.
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Abe 'speechless' after video claims IS hostage dead

 

Australia has ordered a ban on dumping dredge waste on most of the Great Barrier Reef, the environment minister said Saturday, as part of a push to stop the U.N. declaring the site in danger.
 

Singapore's Prime Minister was left fumbling for answers Saturday after agreeing to a live Facebook chat with increasingly strident citizens turning to the Internet to voice dissent in the tightly controlled city-state.
 

Police released a deputy head of Indonesia's top anti-corruption body early Saturday following his arrest and interrogation that posed a serious challenge for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's efforts to battle graft.
 

Japan's government is investigating a new message purported to be from the Islamic State group holding two Japanese hostages.
Japan condemns new video, not yet verifying authenticity

 

The families of two Australian drug convicts facing execution in Indonesia pleaded for their lives in an emotional interview Saturday, and said they would not give up on them.
 
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