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Australia said Friday it is in talks with the Philippines to send refugees there, but refused to confirm reports of a AU$150 million (US$109 million) deal to expand its controversial resettlement policy.

North Korea's staple food production could plummet by 14 percent this year because of bad weather, sparking fears of exacerbating chronic food shortages in the impoverished nation, according to the U.N. agricultural agency.

A local Hindu nationalist party has protested the presence of a Pakistani singer and forced organizers to cancel his concert in Mumbai, India's entertainment capital.

Beijing expressed "serious concern" Thursday about a reported U.S. plan to challenge China's South China Sea territorial claims by sailing a Navy ship near one of its newly built artificial islands.

Indonesia agreed Thursday to accept international help to combat forest and agricultural fires cloaking Southeast Asia in haze, after weeks of failed attempts to douse the blazes that have infuriated its neighbors.

South Korean prosecutors launched a probe Thursday over allegations a private school stole rice and cooking oil and siphoned thousands of U.S. dollars from student meals, a spokesman said, after pupils complained of inedible food.

After designing cars shaped like a hamburger, tennis ball, shoe, handbag and a toilet, quirky Indian artist Sudhakar Yadav decided to go big.
Giant car art installation motors into Indian museum


Police arrested four people during a series of raids Wednesday in connection with the slaying of a civilian police worker, which officials have said they believe was linked to terrorism.
4 arrested, linked to Sydney police worker's killing


Malaysia's nine state sultans have issued a rare joint statement expressing concern over a corruption scandal swirling around Prime Minister Najib Razak and calling for a swift and transparent investigation.

A former wrestler and a television anchorwoman joined Japan's cabinet on Wednesday, as part of a reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes will refocus the national political agenda on the economy.

The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said Wednesday his father's legacy would help rather than hamper his own bid for the vice presidency.
Late Philippine dictator's son says dad's legacy will help his election bid


A 20-year-old German woman died at a popular Thai resort island after being stung by a box jellyfish, police said Wednesday, the third reported fatality in Thailand in 14 months from one of the world's most toxic jellyfish.

An Australian cancer survivor Wednesday triumphed in a landmark challenge against biotech companies, with the country's top court ruling they could not patent a gene linked to breast cancer.

The morning the Pakistan earthquake struck 10 years ago, Nazish Naz had been reluctant to go to school, telling her elder sister the day felt cursed. Less than an hour after the 16-year-old left home, disaster struck.
Searching for quake missing - 10 years on

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