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In 1944, the two men were in northeastern India as foes, fighting one of harshest battles of World War II between Japan and Britain. More than 70 years later on Thursday, they shook hands and sipped tea in Tokyo.
Foes at war, WWII vets from UK, Japan shake hands


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hailed a "great future" for relations between his country and Indonesia during his first trip to the key ally since taking power, seeking to turn the page after a series of crises.

Uzbekistan has released a prominent political activist after he served more than two decades in prison, rights groups said on Thursday.

As a truck screeches to a halt on an Indian highway in the middle of the night, devout young Hindus armed with sticks scramble inside, searching for cows they consider sacred.
India's Hindu cow mobs rule as religious debate rages


A group of smuggled orangutans were returned from Thailand to Indonesia on Thursday, following years of diplomatic wrangling over who will care for them after the majority were discovered abandoned on a roadside.
Thailand returns rescued orangutans to Indonesia


Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won her parliamentary seat, official results showed Wednesday, leading a near total sweep by her party that will give the country its first government in decades that isn't under the military's sway.
Myanmar's Suu Kyi wins seat but not presidency


India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a revolt within his Hindu nationalist party by senior leaders questioning his leadership style after the recent debacle in state elections.

A man in Japan who hid in a drain for five hours, allegedly to snap photos up women's skirts, was given away when passers-by spotted his hair sticking out of a grate, police and reports said.

A U.N. human rights envoy has retracted her claim that 13 percent of schoolgirls in Japan are involved in forms of paid dating that can involve sex, the Japanese government said Wednesday.

Indonesia is failing to allow free access to all foreign journalists to Papua despite a pledge by President Joko Widodo to lift reporting restrictions in the restive eastern region, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned Wednesday.

South Korea and Japan on Wednesday discussed their long-running dispute over Korean women forced into wartime sexual slavery -- the first such talks since their leaders vowed to push for a mutually acceptable settlement.

Officials in Indonesia are using trained elephants outfitted with water pumps and hoses to help patrol forests and control fires.
Indonesia uses elephants to control forest fires


A chimpanzee mother cared for her disabled infant in the wild in Tanzania, Japanese researchers reported in a study published this week, research they hope will help in understanding the evolution of social care in humans.

YANGON - Aung San Suu Kyi called for "national reconciliation" talks with Myanmar's president and the nation's powerful army chief on Wednesday as her pro-democracy party stood poised for a landslide election victory.
On brink of victory, Suu Kyi calls for talks with Myanmar military

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