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May, 6, 2016

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In 2 1/2 months, the government will present the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, but records show the government treasury still has 170 billion rupees (US$1.6 billion) unspent, in an indication of how the government has struggled to expedite capital expenditure.
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Cambodia's prime minister has ordered a million hectares of forest be included in protected zones as the country faces one of the world's fastest deforestation rates.
 
N.K. gives Korean-American 10 years of hard labor: Xinhua
North Korea on Friday sentenced a detained Korean-American, Kim Dong Chul, to 10 years hard labor on charges of subversion and espionage, China's official Xinhua News Agency said.
 
China and Russia on Friday rapped U.S. plans to put a missile defense system on the Korean peninsula, less than 24 hours after Pyongyang twice tested rockets thought to be capable of reaching American territory.
 
Four American senators, including three members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC), have proposed a maritime security act to increase support to Asia-Pacific allies to cope with Beijing's assertive moves in the South China Sea.
 
Large parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef could be dead within 20 years as climate change drives mass coral bleaching, scientists warned Friday.
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A major earthquake hit the Pacific nation of Vanuatu early Friday, briefly prompting a tsunami warning that was cancelled after locals reported no significant damage.
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A state in western India said Friday it will reserve 10 percent of government jobs and university spots for people whose income falls below a certain threshold after deadly caste protests last year.
 
An Iranian refugee who set himself on fire during a visit by the United Nations to Nauru has died, officials said Friday, with advocates blaming his "senseless death" on Australia's hard-line immigration policy.
 
An Australian woman working for a charity in Afghanistan has been kidnapped, the country's foreign minister said Friday.
 
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