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India's economy grew by 7.4 percent in the second quarter, official figures showed on Monday, outperforming mainland China and slightly ahead of analysts' expectations.

Japan's whaling fleet leaves Tuesday for the Antarctic for a three-month, scaled-down hunt, the government said, despite protests from opponents who say Tokyo has not proven that whales need to be killed for research.
Japan whaling fleet set to leave for Antarctic


The United States has not lost Thailand to mainland China, Washington's envoy to Bangkok said Monday, despite acrimony between the two allies and a palpable shift by the kingdom's junta toward its giant northern neighbor.

Myanmar's top leaders will hold talks this week with opposition chief Aung San Suu Kyi, the first since her party's landmark election success, officials said Monday.
Myanmar's top leaders to hold talks with Suu Kyi: officials


Unknown attackers shot and killed the head of an immunization program in northwest Pakistan Monday, police said, the latest in a string of killings targeting people linked to a polio eradication campaign in the country.

A Malaysian military officer who was extradited to New Zealand after earlier leaving the country under the protection of diplomatic immunity pleaded guilty Monday to indecent assault.
Malaysian military officer pleads guilty to indecent assault in NZ


Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has rebounded since his government rammed through unpopular security legislation, according to polls published Monday, as he re-focuses on the struggling economy.
Public support for Abe on rebound: survey


South Korea on Monday ratified a free-trade agreement (FTA) with mainland China that would remove most tariffs between Asia's largest and fourth-largest economies.

Shim Goo-seob has been organizing private, high-risk reunions for divided North and South Korean families for more than two decades, but now he's close to calling time on his secretive work.
Dying network of 'helpers' working to reunite divided Korean families


South Korea on Monday ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China that would remove most tariffs between Asia's largest and fourth-largest economies.

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.

South Korea's major labor group vowed Sunday to hold a massive anti-government protest this week, a day after authorities banned the rally over concerns it could turn violent.

Police in Nepal arrested 38 protesters Sunday for trying to enforce a strike against neighboring India, which is accused of orchestrating a weeks-long border blockade that has caused crippling fuel shortages.

Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is a Kim too.
A town of Kims — and an unusual shared history

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