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The Obama administration is opening a new phase of its strategic "rebalance" toward Asia and the Pacific by investing in high-end weapons such as a new long-range stealth bomber.
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Japan on Tuesday rebuffed neighbouring countries' protests over newly-approved textbooks after complaints about references to disputed territory and their bitter shared history.
Japan rebuffs international outcry over new history textbooks

 

Opposition protesters clashed with police and set vehicles on fire in Nepal's capital on Tuesday, as they enforced a nationwide general strike that crippled life throughout the country.
Opposition strike shuts down Nepal; protesters, police clash

 

Malaysia's police chief said on Monday that 17 people, including two who recently returned from Syria, had been arrested on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in the capital Kuala Lumpur.
 

Islamic extremists grab parts of Iraq and Syria. Yemen slides into civil war. Iran's nuclear program strains U.S. relations with Israel. Ukraine fights Russian-backed separatists.
 

A senior official from China's National People's Congress (NPC) will be in Tokyo this week, Japan's lower house said Monday, the highest-profile Chinese visitor since 2012 as a thaw in relations sets in.
 

Two Singaporean men have been arrested for staging a weekend protest outside the government complex that houses the offices of the president and prime minister, police said Monday.
 

Powerful storms swept Bangladesh at the weekend leaving a trail of devastation in the country's northwest and killing at least 37 people, officials said Monday.
 

Japan's swollen ranks of cuddly mascots, once de rigueur for every local government and commercial brand, are coming under increasing threat, with some being culled and others combined.
City mascots face cull: Japan Finance Ministry

 

An Indonesian court Monday dismissed an appeal by two Australian drug smugglers facing imminent execution, and the country's legal chief said the pair have now exhausted all options to avoid the firing squad.
 

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Vietnam is close to agreeing a free trade deal with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.
 

India's prime minister suggested Monday the country's "age-old traditions" could be used to ease its choking smog, as he launched a new air quality index for the world's most polluted capital.
 

Prince Harry reported for duty with the Australian Army on Monday to begin an "authentic" experience featuring bush patrols and indigenous engagement, as he prepares to retire from the United Kingdom's military.
UK's Prince Harry in Australia for army stint

 

Kim Nan-hee, a 58-year-old housewife, sometimes secretly wishes she hadn't supported her son's wedding four years ago. She and her husband, a retiree in his late 60s, spent almost 200 million won (US$182,000) for his wedding and housing.
 
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