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Three months after overthrowing Thailand's last elected government, this Southeast Asian nation's junta leader is stepping out of his army uniform for good — to take up the post of prime minister in a move critics say will only extend his time at the helm and consolidate the military's grip on power.
Thai army ruler nominated as next prime minister

 

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes.
At least 36 people dead as huge landslides destroy Japan houses

 

BKS Iyengar, the Indian yoga guru credited with helping to fuel a global explosion in the popularity of the ancient spiritual practice, died on Wednesday aged 95, his website said.
 

Fiji's navy said Wednesday it was confident an online video claiming to show fishermen being shot dead at sea did not involve its citizens, amid speculation the apparent victims were Somali pirates.
 

The United Nations' human rights office has voiced alarm at recent arrests and jail sentences for insulting Thailand's monarchy, warning of “chilling effects” on freedom of expression under the junta.
 

A Chinese state-run newspaper on Wednesday called on Beijing to “teach Canberra a lesson” after Australian tycoon and politician Clive Palmer labeled the Communist government “mongrels” who “shoot their own people” in a televised tirade.
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New Zealand on Wednesday announced it will ban the practice of shark finning, a move the Pew Charitable Trusts said is welcome and will bring the country in line with other developed nations.
 

In its latest personal attack on a prominent official from a rival country, North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a wolf with a “hideous lantern jaw.”
North Korea insults John Kerry over his looks

 

Pakistani lawmakers met Wednesday as tens of thousands of protesters thronged outside the assembly calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.
 

Passengers aboard an Indian Indigo jet were evacuated Wednesday using emergency chutes after air traffic controllers warned the pilot about dense smoke as the plane landed at New Delhi airport.
 
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