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Indonesia faced a storm of international protest Wednesday for putting seven foreign drug convicts before a firing squad, but Filipinos rejoiced after a compatriot was spared at the last minute.
 

GORKHA, Nepa - Hungry and desperate villagers rushed towards relief helicopters in remote areas of Nepal Tuesday, begging to be airlifted to safety, four days after a monster earthquake killed more than 5,000 people.
Aid reaches quake-hit Nepal villagers as death toll passes 5,000

 

CILACAP, Indonesia -- Indonesia brushed aside last-minute appeals and executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling on Wednesday, although a Philippine woman was granted a stay of execution.
Indonesia confirms it executed 8 for drug smuggling

 

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year's disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide.
Captain of doomed S. Korea ferry receives a life sentence

 

Wedged between the two rising Asian powers, mainland China and India, landlocked Nepal watched rescuers and offers of help pour in from both sides within hours of an earthquake that killed more than 4,000 people.
 

A fifth of Japan's electricity supply should come from nuclear power generation, the country's industry ministry said Tuesday, despite widespread opposition in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster.
 

The leader of Thailand's 'Red Shirt' movement hit out Tuesday at plans to take his pro-democracy television network off the air, in the latest strike against freedom of expression in the military-ruled kingdom.
 

The United States on Monday announced plans to step up the dismantling of retired nuclear warheads and issued a stern warning to North Korea to give up its nuclear program or face deeper isolation.
 

The United Nations said Tuesday it would draw US$15 million (13.7 million euros) from its emergency fund to help kickstart relief operations in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, where thousands have already perished.
UN fund releases US$15 mil. for Nepal

 

Ambulances carrying coffins arrived Tuesday at a prison island and relatives paid final visits to their condemned loved ones in a sign that Indonesia will imminently execute eight foreigners and one Indonesian man, despite an international outcry and pleas for mercy.
Coffins arrive at Indonesian prison as executions near

 

A former captain in the Philippine Marines implicated in two attempts to topple former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo announced on Tuesday that he will embark on a "patriotic" voyage to islets along the Reed Bank in the disputed South China Sea to protest against the mainland's infringement on Philippine sovereignty.
 

KATHMANDU - Rescuers in Nepal battled Tuesday to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country's leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas.
Rescuers battle to reach Nepal quake victims

 

Shelter, fuel, food, medicine, power, news, workers -- Nepal's earthquake-hit capital was short on everything Monday as its people searched for lost loved ones, sorted through rubble for their belongings and struggled to provide for their families' needs. In much of the countryside, it was worse, though how much worse was only beginning to become apparent.
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Quake-aid need acute in capital, villages

 

Reclamation work in the disputed South China Sea, where mainland China has constructed an airstrip and other structures on coral reefs, threaten to "undermine peace, security and stability" in the region, Southeast Asian leaders warned Monday.
 
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