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Female activists including Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace laureates were denied an attempt to walk across the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea on Sunday, but were allowed to cross by bus and complete what one of them called a landmark event.
Women's walk across DMZ denied; they cross by bus

 

Beneath the swaying banana trees, there is nothing but a few plants to mark the resting place of three-year-old Shahira Bibi and the horror of the final weeks of her short life, at sea on a migrant boat.
 

Australia is set to introduce new counter-terrorism laws, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Sunday, with the package expected to include stripping dual nationals who are linked to terrorism of their citizenship.
 

A Japanese man turned himself in to authorities after trying to flush the ashes of his "hated" dead wife down a supermarket toilet, reports and police said Sunday
 

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Sunday said his country would not follow Ireland's lead and hold a referendum on gay marriage, adding that any decisions would be made by Parliament.
 

Thousands of panic-stricken villagers fled their homes fearing flash floods after an overnight landslide blocked a river in quake-hit Nepal's mountainous north-west, officials said Sunday.
 

Japan's push to take away overtime from high-paid workers has critics warning it will aggravate a problem synonymous with the country's notoriously long working hours -- karoshi, or death from overwork.
Working to death in Japan: health warning over 'no overtime' law

 

A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritize saving the lives of those still stranded at sea.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged US$453 million in aid to Pacific island nations to help them combat climate change and natural disasters.
Japan in US$453 mil. Pacific climate pledge

 

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak has unveiled a plan for fueling Malaysia's growth through 2020, by creating a larger pool of high-skilled workers and improving their productivity to increase investment.
 

Fewer than one in five Singaporeans gets the recommended eight hours of sleep daily, and more than half have difficulties falling asleep, according to a new survey by global research firm 2CV.
 

Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries.
Japan, SK financial chiefs resume talks amid row

 

Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
 

Myanmar's navy Friday said it had carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat after mounting international pressure, as the U.N. warned the impending monsoon rains imperil thousands still stranded at sea.
Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat

 
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