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Pakistani health and government officials say a bomb explosion in a market in tribal region bordering Afghanistan has killed at least seven and wounded more than 60 people.
 
Top US commander warns of more IS attacks in Asia-Pacific
A top U.S. military commander warned Wednesday that the Asia-Pacific region is at risk of attacks by Islamic State group fighters returning to their home countries.
 
Myanmar's 'smiling' dolphins face extinction
Tears fill Maung Lay's eyes as he describes losing the dolphin he knew since his childhood, the latest casualty of a battle against pollution and electrofishing that may see the species disappear in Myanmar.
 
Inside North Korea's blacklisted art factory
"That was a personal commission," says renowned North Korean sculptor Ro Ik Hwa, pointing to a bust of A.Q. Khan, the Pakistani scientist denounced by the U.S. as the world's greatest nuclear proliferator.
 
Pacific 'wave pilot' who kept ancient skills alive dies
One of the Pacific's last traditional navigators, or wave pilots, has died in Majuro, but not before passing many of his skills onto a younger generation of Marshall Islanders.
 
Cambodia cancels military exercise with US
Cambodia has informed the United States that it is canceling an annual joint military exercise this year, even though planning for the event had already begun, officials from both countries said Monday.
 
Bangladeshi police Saturday said they have arrested an Islamist extremist accused of being one of the "masterminds" of last year's deadly siege at a Dhaka cafe where 22 hostages were killed.
 
A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fiji on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
 
Full moon festivities
Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees gather around an illuminated temple during Poya, a full moon religion festival, at the Kelaniya Temple in Kelaniya on Thursday, Jan. 12. The predominantly Buddhist island nation marks every full moon as a key religious holiday.
 
The ruling party in Myanmar's Rakhine state government said Friday it refused to meet a U.N. envoy who is probing allegations of horrific abuse of Rohingya Muslims by security forces in the region.
 
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