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Aid workers called Thursday for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of people trapped around a town at the center of fierce fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic rebels, after the deaths of two more civilians in an area cloaked by a state of emergency.
 

More than 2,000 people are suing the liberal Asahi newspaper to demand that it place international advertisements apologizing for its coverage of wartime sex slavery, saying it has stained Japan's reputation, local media said Thursday.
 

Japan's trade deficit plunged nearly 60 percent in January from a year before as exports rose and its import bill for oil and gas dropped thanks to sharply lower crude oil prices.
Lower oil prices pull Japan trade deficit down 58%

 

The Philippine government said Wednesday it had received 87 million pesos (US$1.97 million) from the United States to pay for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper to a protected reef two years ago.
 

Myanmar granted its military unprecedented powers to deal with fighting between ethnic minority rebels and government troops in the Kokang region, after week-long clashes left dozens of soldiers dead and sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to neighboring China.
 

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was discharged from hospital Wednesday after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer and his doctor said he should make a full recovery.
 

A strong undersea earthquake unleashed a small tsunami Tuesday off the same coastline of northern Japan devastated by a tsunami in 2011 that left more than 18,000 people dead.
 

North Korea says it will respond “very strongly” to a conference in Washington on Tuesday about its widespread human rights abuses and says the United States ignored Pyongyang's offer to attend and defend itself.
North Korea urges US to cancel human rights talk

 

The United Nations decided Monday to postpone an eagerly-awaited report on a war crimes probe into Sri Lanka's brutal separatist war to give the country's new government a chance to cooperate with investigators.
 

The transfer of two Australians to an Indonesian island prison for execution will not go ahead this week as planned, the attorney-general's office said Tuesday, as Canberra pressed for their lives to be spared.
 

Australia's greyhound racing industry was in damage control Tuesday after graphic secret footage showed live piglets, rabbits and possums used as bait to train some of the country's most successful dogs.
 

Fugitives from the escalating violence gripping northern Myanmar on Tuesday described fleeing airstrikes and gun battles between the army and ethnic rebels, as the country's president vowed “not to lose an inch” of territory.
 

A suicide bomber killed five people near police headquarters in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore Tuesday, an attack claimed by a Taliban faction as revenge for the execution of their comrades.
Five dead in bomb attack in Pakistan's Lahore

 

Japan has made “significant progress” in cleaning up the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a U.N. review mission said Tuesday as it again advised the country to consider discharging treated water into the sea.
 
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