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Cold rice balls, no flush toilets at Japan shelters
In this mountainous Japanese town known for its hot springs, prized beef and Jersey milk cows, more than 2,000 people have taken refuge from earthquakes at school gymnasiums and community centers, surviving on rock-hard biscuits, cold rice balls and bread.
 
Coral bleaching hits 93% of Great Barrier Reef: scientists
SYDNEY - Australia's Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching in recorded history with 93 percent of the World Heritage site affected, scientists said Wednesday as they revealed the phenomenon is also hitting the other side of the country.
 
Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday finally apologized for his apparent joke about the rape and murder of an Australian missionary after initially sneering at the widespread outrage he sparked.
 
Australia's prime minister said on Tuesday he expects to call a rare early election, with the nation likely to head to the polls in July amid waning popularity for the ruling conservative party.
 
Indonesia takes step to reckon with '65-66 atrocities
Indonesia on Monday convened an unprecedented two-day discussion of anti-communist massacres in 1965-66 that brings together survivors and representatives of the military that orchestrated the atrocities.
 
S. Korea announces first Iran state visit, to boost exports
Park Geun-hye will become the first South Korean president to visit Iran next month, her office announced Monday, as Seoul seeks new markets to turn around a lengthy decline in export revenues.
 
Japan on Monday enlisted U.S. help to airlift supplies to some of the 100,000 people made homeless by earthquakes in the country's south, as rescuers struggled to find those still missing in a massive landslide.
 
Beijing landed a military plane on a disputed South China Sea reef it has built up into an artificial island, state media said Monday, in the first official confirmation of such a flight.
 
A trio of Nobel laureates will take part in a "humanitarian" visit to North Korea later this month, even as suspicions grow that Pyongyang is preparing to carry out a fifth nuclear test.
 
As one of New Delhi's thousands of street children, Jyoti Kumari knows more than most about the goings on in the Indian capital's desperate and sometimes brutal underbelly.
 
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