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Japan decries 'heinous' Goto beheading claim
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday denounced as “heinous and despicable” the apparent beheading of a second Japanese hostage by the Islamic State group, as global leaders denounced the jihadists.
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday his government had “lessons to learn” from a state election rout in Queensland, amid growing leadership questions after his unpopular move to knight Britain's Prince Philip.
 

Nepal's success in turning tiger-fearing villagers into their protectors has seen none of the endangered cats killed for almost three years, offering key lessons for an anti-poaching summit opening in Katmandu on Monday.
 

Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should uphold human rights in Papua and bring perpetrators of rights abuses to justice.
 

A forensic team has submitted a report on the gruesome discovery of dozens of bones and decayed body parts found in a police morgue in northern India, police said Sunday.
 

Indonesian rescuers on Sunday resumed their search for 86 victims still missing from the AirAsia plane that crashed on Dec. 28 with 162 people on board, an official said.
 

The United States can influence a range of factors in the U.S.-India nuclear deal, said the U.S. State Department while responding to Pakistan's concerns about the agreement.
 

Bangladesh Sunday ordered an enquiry into a plastics factory fire which killed 13 workers, the latest in a series of accidents that have highlighted appalling conditions in the country's workplaces.
 

The U.S. charge d'affaires has been invited to appear before a parliamentary panel on Feb. 11 to explain the recent remarks by a visiting senior American official and also about reports that U.S. Embassy officials had met red-shirt leaders.
 

Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror on Sunday the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of Kenji Goto, a journalist who sought through his coverage of Syria to convey the plight of refugees, children and other victims of war.
Japan outraged as video purportedly shows hostage beheaded

 

India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China.
 

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Pyongyang would not sit idly by “with rabid dogs barking” about toppling its socialist system, in apparent reaction to comments by U.S. President Barack Obama that the regime was doomed, state media reported Saturday.
Kim slams 'rabid dogs' after Obama comments

 

India's government raised over US$4 billion Friday by selling 10 percent of its stake in mining giant Coal India as it looks to raise funds through asset sales to keep its fiscal deficit in check, an official said.
 

A set of gates that became an enduring symbol of Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's years under house arrest are to be auctioned, a businessman who now owns them said Saturday.
 
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