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Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to provide temporary shelter to thousands of migrants stranded at sea, the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting Southeast Asia after weeks of reluctance by the region's nations to take responsibility.
Indonesia, Malaysia to help Muslim migrants stranded at sea

 

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that North Korea had cancelled an invitation for him to visit a factory park in the country that represents the last major cooperation project between the rival Koreas.
UN chief says North Korea cancels invitation to visit

 

Thailand's ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra insisted on her innocence Tuesday at the start of a trial that could see her jailed for a decade, part of what observers say is a vendetta against her family.
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Ousted Thai PM proclaims innocence as trial begins

 

Thailand's government agreed Tuesday to hold a public referendum on the newly drafted constitution, the prime minister and junta leader said, indicating that the decision could delay a general election.
 

An immigration camp on the Pacific island of Nauru holding asylum-seekers turned away by Australia has seen rape and other abuse, according to submissions to an Australian inquiry which opened hearings Tuesday.
 

At least 18 Cambodian garment workers were killed and 21 injured on Tuesday when a bus crashed into the van transporting them to work, officials said.
18 Cambodia workers die in road crash

 

An Indonesian ambassador who was on a Pakistani military helicopter that crashed this month killing two other foreign envoys died Tuesday after battling severe burn injuries, Indonesia's foreign minister said.
 

Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants on board a foundering vessel off Indonesia fought with axes, knives and metal bars in vicious clashes that left at least 100 dead, survivors said as they recovered from their ordeal.
Deadly carnage unleashed on foundering Asian migrant boat

 

Workers at a North Korean terrapin farm probably wished they could withdraw into their protective shells Tuesday, after a visit from leader Kim Jong Un who lambasted operations at the facility.
Kim Jong Un loses temper with farm workers

 

Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have asked the government to ban an Islamist militant group they suspect of involvement in the murders of atheist bloggers.
 

Japan will announce a US$100 billion plan to invest in roads, bridges, railways and other building projects in Asia, a report said Tuesday, weeks after China outlined its vision for a new infrastructure development bank in the region.
 

Indonesia has "given more than it should" to help hundreds of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded on boats by human traffickers, its foreign minister said Tuesday, ................
Indonesian official claims already has given too much to help boat people

 

A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.
 

A Japanese court upheld an injunction banning the restart of two nuclear reactors, a report said Tuesday, in a blow to the government's ambitions to return to atomic power generation.
 
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