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Australia's most senior Muslim cleric came under fire from government ministers on Tuesday for linking the Paris attacks to racism and Islamophobia.

India's Supreme Court has ordered a state government to remove a wood-burning crematorium from near the Taj Mahal to protect the iconic monument from pollution damage.

A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman's suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said Tuesday.

North Korea on Tuesday sent back a South Korean man it held for about six weeks for entering the country illegally, South Korean officials said.

Its Himalayan glaciers are melting fast, its agricultural heartland is drying up and its capital is choking on the world's filthiest air.
How global warming is changing India


Climate change is the last thing on Maya Puspita Sari's mind as she tucks into a steak and splurges on ice cream, products that were once a luxury but are now a growing staple in the diets of millions of Indonesians.
Emissions set to soar as love of steak takes off in Asia


President Barack Obama landed in Southeast Asia Tuesday for string of summits with Asian leaders, a visit he had hoped would highlight progress in his seven-year charm offensive in the region -- but was instead overshadowed by the fight against Islamic terrorism in the Middle East.
Obama arrives in Asia with eyes on Middle East


Tensions with China and the Paris attacks could upstage trade issues at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, being held under extra-heavy security in the Philippine capital this week.
US-China rivalry, Paris attack in spotlight at summit


U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon will visit North Korea this week for a likely meeting with the nuclear-armed state's diplomatically reclusive leader, Kim Jong Un, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Monday.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea: Yonhap news agency


Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was stripped of his lawmaker status and parliamentary immunity Monday, paving the way for his arrest in connection with a defamation case that the opposition says is politically motivated.

The operator of Japan's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.

SEOUL - UN chief Ban Ki-moon is to visit North Korea, the first head of the world body to set foot in the isolated state for more than 20 years, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Monday.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit North Korea: Yonhap


Police detained more than 50 protesters and were seeking out others Sunday after violent clashes marred the largest anti-government demonstrations in South Korea's capital in more than seven years.
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Scores held as biggest rally in Seoul in years turns violent


The Japanese government is proceeding with plans to have all national civil servants use their My Number cards as work identification badges.
Japan's government workers wary of shift to electronic cards

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