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A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday.
Thousands left homeless after fire in Manila district


Myanmar and Bangladesh face renewed pressure to tackle "the root causes" of an annual migration crisis after Thailand on Thursday announced a regional summit ahead of the new sailing season.

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that had caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said.

Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands.
Troops to be deployed near disputed islands: Japan


North and South Korean officials sat down Thursday for rare talks aimed at setting up a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals.
North and South Korea hold rare talks, hope for more


A 71-year-old mainland China journalist imprisoned on a state secrets conviction was released for medical reasons after pleading guilty during a closed-door appeal hearing, her lawyers and state media said.

Firefighters Thursday searched burnt-out cars and homes after a devastating "Armageddon-like" blaze in Australia left two dead and 16 in hospital after raging across a 40-kilometre (25-mile) front.
Australia firefighters battle deadly inferno


In freezing temperatures and light snowfall, South Korea held a state funeral on Thursday for former president Kim Young-Sam, whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule.
S. Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam


Police in northern Myanmar said Wednesday they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people and highlighted the perilous conditions created by a breakneck effort to dig up the world's richest deposits of the green gem.
Search at Myanmar jade mine ends


One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women pilots to "embrace martyrdom."
Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in crash during training mission


Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.
Vietnam's transgender say new law paves way for surgeries


A Singaporean man detained for more than two years under suspicion of being the mastermind behind a global soccer match-fixing syndicate was ordered to be released on Wednesday by the country's highest court, which ruled he was being held unlawfully.

A Facebook user calling himself "Phuc Dat Bich" said Wednesday his viral postings about discrimination by the social network due to his name were a hoax.
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