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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen urged patience Saturday as discontent over a drinking water crisis simmered in parts of the island nation following a fire that crippled a major desalination plant.
 

Half a million Filipinos fled their homes as differing forecasts about the path of a dangerously erratic typhoon -- one predicting it will graze the capital, Manila -- prompted a wide swath of the country to prepare for a weekend of destructive winds and rain.
500,000 Filipinos evacuated as storm's path widens

 

Authorities ordered an investigation Friday after at least 24 poor and elderly people went blind following cataract surgeries performed at a free medical camp run by a charity in northern India.
24 blinded after cataract surgery in India: official

 

Police have detained 17 people from Myanmar over a string of gruesome murders in a popular Malaysian tourist destination, and believe the killings are linked to ethnic unrest in their native country, reports said Friday.
 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday rejected demands to fire a government minister whose derogatory comments about Muslims have led to a furor that has shut down the Indian Parliament for four days.
 

Australia is better at keeping Aboriginal people in prison than in school, the country's indigenous rights commissioner said Friday, describing the phenomenon as an “urgent issue.”
 

Australia's conservative government on Friday further tightened immigration laws by introducing controversial temporary visas for refugees that do not allow them to settle permanently in the country.
 

Militants hurling grenades stormed an army camp Friday in Indian Kashmir and killed 11 security officials, police said, ratcheting up violence in the Muslim-majority region that is voting in state elections.
 

Thailand's ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej cancelled plans to hold a public annual audience marking his 87th birthday Friday on his doctors' advice, heightening anxiety in the deeply divided kingdom over the monarch's
 

A wide swath of the Philippines, including the capital Manila, braced Friday for a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approaching from the Pacific, about a year after the country was lashed by Typhoon Haiyan that left more than 7,300 people dead.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party is on course for a landslide win in the Dec. 14 general election, opinion polls published Thursday showed.
Easy victory predicted for PM Abe in Japan vote: polls

 

Villagers in the central Philippines fled coastal homes and sparked panic-buying in grocery stores and gas stations as an approaching powerful storm brought back nightmares of last year's deadly onslaught from Typhoon Haiyan.
 

Australia's Parliament on Thursday appeared close to passing a bill creating a new class of temporary visas for refugees that will allow them to stay and work in the country for three to five years but prevent them from making Australia their permanent home.
 

Japanese telecom giant SoftBank will invest US$250 million in Southeast Asian mobile taxi booking app GrabTaxi, the two firms said Thursday, as rivalry in the region between U.S.-based Uber and homegrown rivals increases.
 
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