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Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president's younger brother ran a “death squad” and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor's assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday.
 

Pope Francis traveled to the far eastern Philippines to comfort survivors of devastating Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, then cut his own trip short because of another approaching storm.
Pope celebrates emotional Mass at Tacloban, trip cut short

 

Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next “Big One.”
Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

 

The new leader of the House panel overseeing U.S. policy to the Asia-Pacific is a rarity in Congress: a deeply conservative Republican who shuns isolationism, favors closer ties with Asia and stands poised to praise as well as criticize China — and even do it in Mandarin.
China-savvy tea partyer takes helm of US House panel on Asia

 

Australia and Papua New Guinea Saturday denied reports that protests at an asylum-seeker camp in the Pacific nation had turned violent, officials and reports said, as hundreds of detainees continued a hunger strike.
 

Pope Francis cut short his visit to a typhoon-hit region of the Philippines on Saturday because of an approaching storm.
Storm cuts short pope's trip to typhoon-hit Philippine city

 

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said Friday he was worried about the “volatile situation” at a Papua New Guinea asylum-seeker camp after reports that detainees were swallowing razor blades and washing powder.
 

Japanese fashion giant Fast Retailing Co. is tightening controls on treatment of workers at key suppliers' factories in China following complaints by labor rights groups that highlight the pressures prevailing in the highly competitive low-cost garment industry.
Japan retailer Uniqlo moving to step up controls on mainland China suppliers

 

A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was “playing with fire” in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.
 

Indonesia will put to death six drug convicts, including four foreigners, at the weekend, the attorney general said Thursday, the first executions to be carried out under new President Joko Widodo's government.
 

At least three people were injured Friday in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, officials said, including an AFP photographer who was shot in the back.
Three injured in Karachi at protest over Charlie Hebdo

 

Pope Francis on Friday demanded leaders in the Philippines end “scandalous social inequalities,” hitting out at corruption in a nation where tens of millions of Catholics endure brutal poverty.
Pope Francis criticizes social inequalities in the Philippines

 

A Thai anti-graft official said ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra must face a "political punishment" for a costly rice subsidy scheme, as calls for her impeachment gathered steam Friday.
Impeachment calls crescendo as D-Day nears for Thai PM

 

Pope Francis said Thursday that his visit to the Philippines, Asia's largest Catholic nation, will focus on the plight of the poor, the exploited and victims of injustice — themes sure to resonate in a country where poverty afflicts nearly a fourth of the 100 million people.
Pope Francis says he'll focus on poor, exploited in Philippine trip

 
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