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China deploys missiles in disputed South China Sea: Taiwan
Taiwan said Wednesday that China had positioned anti-aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, as Australia's foreign minister began talks in Beijing expected to deal with tensions over China's moves to assert its maritime claims.
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Recent avalanches on the Siachen Glacier, which killed 14 Indian soldiers, have reignited debate about demilitarizing the world's highest battlefield, where India and Pakistan are locked in a long-running standoff over disputed Kashmir.
 
Vehicles break through protesters' barriers over constitution change spat
Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated local residents forcefully removed barriers set up by ethnic protesters who blockaded the border to demand changes in the new constitution.
 
Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris
South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang.
 
The U.S. ambassador said Wednesday joint patrols with the Philippines are possible in the South China Sea, where the United States has asserted its freedom to navigate by sending planes and ships into China-claimed areas.
 
Mainland China's point man on North Korea arrived in Pyongyang, the country's capital, on Tuesday amid a flurry of diplomacy over the North's recent nuclear test.
 
Ship hijackings down in '15, piracy mostly low-level theft
A global maritime watchdog said Tuesday that ship hijackings declined in 2015 from a year earlier, while sea piracy incidents increased slightly but consisted mostly of low-level theft.
 
A defense official says a U.S. Navy ship has sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea to exercise the U.S.' freedom to navigate in international waters.
 
Trilateral education meet held for 1st time
The education officials of South Korea, Japan and mainland China on Saturday held the first three-way meeting among the countries that often spar over how their wartime past is described in textbooks.
 
The Zika virus is spreading rapidly in Latin America, and Asian governments have issued advisories in a bid to contain the mosquito-borne disease, which could be linked to birth defects and can cause temporary paralysis.
 
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