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Tokyo votes for governor as it readies for 2020 Olympics
Japan's capital is voting Sunday for its leader after two predecessors resigned over money scandals as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, and hopes to lead the nation in an economic turnaround.
 
Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India
Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.
 
Australia will adjust its latitude and longitude, a government science body says, to put the vast country into alignment with global navigation satellite systems.
 
Int'l Trans Arts Festival
An Indian transgender Yelamma Jogathi artist carries a vessel with images of Hindu goddess Renuka or Yellamma, her patron goddess, as she poses for a portrait after performing at the International Trans Art Festival in Bangalore, India, Friday, July 29. The community of transgender artists known as Jogathis from the southern Indian state of Karnataka perform at festivals and various other occasions to earn their livelihood.
 
India's army said Saturday that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of Indian-held Kashmir.
 
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday withdrew a unilateral cease-fire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed.
 
Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.
 
Indonesian executions a 'complete mess'
Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess."
 
Top South Korean prosecutor indicted on corruption charges
South Korean prosecutors on Friday indicted a fellow senior prosecutor for allegedly pocketing millions of dollars from shady stock transaction deals with an online game maker.
 
Australia's government rejected a request by former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Friday that it back his late bid for the top United Nations job, effectively crushing the former diplomat's hopes of nabbing the post after he spent months lobbying for government support.
 
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