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Paul Royle, an Australian pilot who took part in a mass breakout from a German prisoner of war camp during World War II that is remembered as "The Great Escape," has died in his hometown of Perth, his son said Friday. He was 101.
Australian survivor of WWII 'Great Escape' dies aged 101

 

Malaysian activists are putting more pressure on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign with major street rallies this weekend following allegations of suspicious money transfers into his accounts.
 

A major operation to spot check people's visas on the streets of Melbourne as part of a crime crackdown was cancelled Friday after sparking community outrage that Australia risked becoming "a police state."
 

Japan on Friday kicked off the World Assembly for Women conference, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledging to shake up a corporate culture at home that discriminates against female workers.
 

Thai police on Friday said three Uighur Muslims, among dozens detained in the kingdom for illegal entry last year, have been questioned over the deadly Bangkok bombing.
 

Harjeet Singh can usually be found riding around New Delhi on his Harley Davidson Superlow, or helping foreign companies set up operations in India. At home, the businessman has staff to clean and cook for his family. But at the gurdwara where he worships alongside other Sikhs, he sweeps the floor, cleans dirty dishes and helps prepare meals for thousands not as fortunate as him.
 

Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.
Rebels should think carefully on peace deal: Suu Kyi

 

A film about children with same-sex parents has been barred from being shown in public schools throughout Australia's most populous state, despite the documentary makers Thursday insisting students will benefit.
 

One of the two North Korean negotiators involved in recent crisis talks with South Korea spoke Thursday of a "dramatic turning-point" for relations between the two countries.
 

The world has never been the same after Sept. 11, 2001 -- the day when a series of synchronized terrorist attacks aimed at America's famous landmarks claimed the lives of 2,966 people.
 

At least six people have died in the worst violence to hit Narendra Modi's home state in more than a decade, police said Wednesday, as the Indian prime minister appealed for calm.
 

The Philippine defense chief said he asked the visiting U.S. Pacific commander on Wednesday to help protect the transport of Filipino troops and supplies to Philippine-occupied reefs in the disputed South China Sea by deploying American patrol planes to discourage mainland Chinese moves to block the resupply missions.
 

The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday he may run for president in next year's elections, offering his once-exiled family the chance of the ultimate political comeback.
 

Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory Wednesday -- a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks.
 
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