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Japan is investigating nearly a dozen suspicious boats recently found drifting off the country's coastline, some with decaying bodies aboard, officials said Friday, as media speculated they came from North Korea.

The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda Marcos, an official said Friday.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on worshippers at a Shiite mosque in northern Bangladesh, the US-based monitoring organisation SITE said Friday.
IS claims attack on Shiite mosque in Bangladesh: SITE


A huge fire that swept through a crowded Manila shanty town has razed more than 800 homes, leaving thousands homeless after they were forced to flee for their lives from the towering flames, officials said Thursday.
Thousands left homeless after fire in Manila district


Myanmar and Bangladesh face renewed pressure to tackle "the root causes" of an annual migration crisis after Thailand on Thursday announced a regional summit ahead of the new sailing season.

Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen (US$10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.

Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that had caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said.

Japan's deputy defense minister met with the mayor of a southern island Thursday to seek his support for the planned deployment of hundreds of troops in the region including nearby disputed East China Sea islands.
Troops to be deployed near disputed islands: Japan


North and South Korean officials sat down Thursday for rare talks aimed at setting up a sustainable high-level dialogue that has constantly eluded the two rivals.
North and South Korea hold rare talks, hope for more


A 71-year-old mainland China journalist imprisoned on a state secrets conviction was released for medical reasons after pleading guilty during a closed-door appeal hearing, her lawyers and state media said.

Firefighters Thursday searched burnt-out cars and homes after a devastating "Armageddon-like" blaze in Australia left two dead and 16 in hospital after raging across a 40-kilometre (25-mile) front.
Australia firefighters battle deadly inferno


In freezing temperatures and light snowfall, South Korea held a state funeral on Thursday for former president Kim Young-Sam, whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule.
S. Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam


Police in northern Myanmar said Wednesday they have ended efforts to find bodies in a jade mining landslide that killed more than 100 people and highlighted the perilous conditions created by a breakneck effort to dig up the world's richest deposits of the green gem.
Search at Myanmar jade mine ends


One of Pakistan's few female fighter jet pilots was killed in a training crash Tuesday, the air force said in a statement, adding that she was the first of its women pilots to "embrace martyrdom."
Pakistan female fighter pilot dies in crash during training mission

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