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August, 27, 2016

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Singapore shrouded in acrid smog sparked by blaze
Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year's first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.
 
Bangladesh police shoot dead suspected cafe attack mastermind
Bangladesh police stormed a militant hideout just outside Dhaka Saturday, shooting dead three Islamist extremists, including the suspected mastermind of an attack on a cafe that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages last month.
 
Hundreds of frozen pangolins seized by police in Indonesia
Indonesian authorities have seized more than 650 critically endangered pangolins found hidden in freezers and arrested a man for allegedly breaking wildlife protection laws, police said Friday.
 
One pilot dead in Vietnam army fighter jet crash
A Vietnamese trainee pilot was killed when his fighter jet crashed into a rice field, an official said Friday, the third deadly military plane accident since June.
 
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will highlight the importance of development and human rights during visits next week to Sri Lanka and Myanmar, two legs of a five-stop Asia tour, his spokesman said Thursday.
 
The Philippines' police chief has called on drug users to kill traffickers and burn their homes, escalating President Rodrigo Duterte's deeply controversial crime war that has claimed 2,000 lives.
 
Myanmar aftermath
Collapsed walls are seen surrounding the ancient pagoda of Sulamani after a 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit Bagan, on Friday, Aug. 25.
 
Singapore shrouded in smog as haze returns to SE Asia
Acrid smog blanketed Singapore Friday as the city-state was hit by the year's first major outbreak of haze, an annual crisis sparked by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia.
 
1st self-driving taxis of the world hit the streets of Singapore
The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.
 
N. Korea leader 'says missile test was greatest success'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success," Pyongyang's state media said Thursday.
 
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