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South Korea's outbreak of the potentially deadly MERS virus on Thursday forced the central bank to cut its key interest rate to ward off greater economic damage, as retailers report a slump in business.
MERS outbreak forces S. Korea to cut key interest rate

 

The Islamic State group has "global ambitions" and more must be done to tackle its use of social media for recruitment, representatives of governments and technology giants heard in Australia Thursday.
Australian talks tackle jihadists' use of social media

 

Researchers are launching tests aimed at setting up a huge floating barrier off the Japanese coast, a project that could eventually help remove some of the 5.25 trillion pieces of rubbish polluting the world's oceans, officials said Thursday.
 

A landslide triggered by heavy rainfall buried six villages in Nepal's mountainous northeast, and at least 21 people sleeping in the homes are believed to have been killed, officials said Thursday.
 

A solar-powered plane that got stuck in Japan during an attempt to fly around the world is fixed and ready to go -- as soon as the weather gets better, a spokeswoman said Thursday.
 

South Korea's outbreak of the potentially deadly MERS virus on Thursday forced the central bank to cut its key interest rate to ward off greater economic damage, as retailers report a slump in business.
MERS outbreak forces S. Korea to cut key interest rate

 

Pakistan on Wednesday hanged a man allegedly tortured into confessing to murder as a minor and rejected an appeal from another rights groups say was condemned as a juvenile, in the latest death row cases to draw international condemnation.
 

Japanese search teams returned to the peak of a volcano Wednesday for the first time in eight months to look for the bodies of six climbers still missing after an eruption that killed dozens.
 

The Philippines has freed nine Chinese fishermen convicted of poaching endangered sea turtles after they completed one-year jail terms, officials said Wednesday.
 

Thai police said Wednesday they plan to arrest a senior palace official who is linked to the Crown Prince's ex-wife, under a controversial royal defamation law.
 

Malaysian authorities have detained four tourists -- two Canadians, a Briton and one Dutch national -- for allegedly stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu, an act some locals say angered tribal spirits and caused a deadly earthquake, officials said.
 

The captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 asylum-seekers say Australian authorities paid them thousands of dollars to turn around and return to Indonesian waters, police said Wednesday.
 

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in China Wednesday for a debut visit that will cast an intriguing light on Beijing's attitude towards the democracy champion and Nobel laureate as she bids to take power.
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for first visit

 

SEOUL -- South Korea believes its MERS virus outbreak may have peaked, and experts say the next several days will be critical to determining whether the government's belated efforts have successfully stymied a disease that has killed nine people and infected more than 100 in the country.
South Korea says its deadly MERS outbreak may have peaked

 
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