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Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien visited several hospitals in Hanoi on Monday to inspect progress made in containing the measles outbreak that has so far claimed 116 lives nation-wide.
 

Sixty percent of Japanese people support the country's whaling program, but only 14 percent eat whale meat, a new poll showed Tuesday.
 

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 Tuesday as divers speeded up the grim task of recovering bodies from the submerged ship and police took two more of its crew into custody.
Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 100

 

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honors the nation's war dead, raising the stakes in an already tense region on the eve of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit.
 

Nepal agreed Tuesday to set up a relief fund for Sherpas who are killed or injured in climbing accidents, one of several key concessions to the mountain guides after Mount Everest's deadliest disaster.
 

Some Indian teachers force children from lower castes and minority religions to clean toilets and sit separately from their classmates as part of “persistent” discrimination in classrooms, a rights group said Tuesday.
 

Chinese coast guard vessels repeatedly blocked or chased Filipino and Vietnamese fishermen from a disputed shoal where they previously had only tried to block military supply runs, a Philippine marine officer said Tuesday.
 

World stocks fluctuated Tuesday as a Wall Street rally powered by positive earnings reports offset investor cautiousness before a report on Chinese manufacturing and possible sanctions against Russia over Ukraine.
 

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US President Barack Obama.
South Korea says North may be close to nuclear test

 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a gift to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine Monday, sparking a Chinese charge that he was offering “a slap in the face” to U.S. President Barack Obama days ahead of his visit.
Japan prime minister makes offering to war shrine, but skips visit

 
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