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May, 5, 2016

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Yearning for North Korea: the nation and homeland they fled
For much of the world, North Korea is a Stalinist nightmare, an isolated enclave of prison camps, poverty and hunger.
 
Ten Indonesian sailors abducted by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants were freed in the southern Philippines on Sunday after five weeks in captivity, Philippine police said.
 
Japan's finance minister said late Saturday the recent sharp rise in the yen is "extremely worrying," adding Tokyo will take action when necessary.
 
After four years of top-level reshuffles, purges and executions, Kim Jong Un will formally cement his unassailable status as North Korea's supreme leader at a landmark ruling party congress this week.
 
Bangladesh police detained three people on Sunday over the gruesome murder of a Hindu tailor one day earlier, the latest deadly attack on minorities claimed by the Islamic State group.
 
India announced an investigation on Sunday into the deaths of 12 mainly mentally and physically disabled children at a government-run home amid fears they were given toxic water or food.
 
An Indian teenager accidentally shot himself in the head with his father's gun while trying to take a "selfie" photograph, police said Sunday, the latest in a series of such accidents.
 
Cambodian passenger train back after years-long hiatus
Cambodia's sole passenger train resumed regular weekend service Saturday after it was suspended for years, with Prime Minister Hun Sen climbing aboard to inaugurate the first trip.
 
In 2 1/2 months, the government will present the budget for fiscal year 2016-2017, but records show the government treasury still has 170 billion rupees (US$1.6 billion) unspent, in an indication of how the government has struggled to expedite capital expenditure.
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Cambodia's prime minister has ordered a million hectares of forest be included in protected zones as the country faces one of the world's fastest deforestation rates.
 
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