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May, 2, 2016

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In Vietnam, protest of Formosa for fish deaths
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday in the Vietnamese capital to protest against a Taiwanese company suspected of involvement in a toxic leak that has hit the fishing industry along the central coast.
 
Indonesia takes aim at palm oil after forest fires
Indonesia is pushing to ban new palm oil operations after last year's haze-belching forest fires were partly blamed on the industry's expansion, but producers are warning the move could hit the economy and green groups are skeptical.
 
Armed guards at India dams amid drought
As young boys plunge into a murky dam to escape the blistering afternoon sun, guards armed with guns stand vigil at one of the few remaining water bodies in a state hit hard by India's crippling drought.
 
Yearning for North Korea: the nation and homeland they fled
For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.
 
Ten Indonesian sailors abducted by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday after five weeks in captivity, Philippine police said.
 
Japan's finance minister said late Saturday the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying," adding Tokyo will take action when necessary.
 
After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.
 
Bangladesh police detained three people on Sunday over the gruesome murder of a Hindu tailor one day earlier, the latest deadly attack on minorities claimed by the Islamic State group.
 
India announced an investigation on Sunday into the deaths of 12 mainly mentally and physically disabled children at a government-run home amid fears they were given toxic water or food.
 
An Indian teenager accidentally shot himself in the head with his father's gun while trying to take a "selfie" photograph, police said Sunday, the latest in a series of such accidents.
 
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