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Two men were charged in Australia Wednesday after police thwarted an “imminent” terror attack, seizing an Islamic State flag, a machete and an Arabic-language video detailing the alleged plot during a raid in Sydney.
 

Australia's failure to end the entrenched disadvantage of Aboriginal people was described by Prime Minister Tony Abbott Wednesday as “profoundly disappointing” with key targets missed and employment levels actually worsening.
 

Two people were killed and more than 60 were injured Wednesday after a pileup involving about 100 vehicles in foggy weather on a bridge near the Incheon International Airport, South Korean officials said.
100-car pileup on South Korean bridge leaves 2 dead, 65 hurt

 

Indonesian men ride on Sumatran elephants as they patrol though dense jungle in the west of the tropical archipelago, warriors on the front line of the fight against illegal logging and poaching.
Elephant patrols guard Indonesia's rainforests

 

A South Korean court on Wednesday sentenced a former coast guard officer to four years in prison for negligence while rescuing of passengers during last year's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people.
 

Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a man accused of masterminding a conspiracy to slander the country's monarchy on the Internet, in the latest move by the military-installed government to protect the palace's reputation.
 

South Korea's jobless rate rose in January from a month earlier, with more graduates and early retirees seeking work, government data showed Wednesday.
 

Australia will tighten scrutiny on overseas investment in farmland, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday, on concerns about valuable agricultural and mineral assets in foreign hands.
 

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he was the victim of a “political conspiracy” on Tuesday as the nation's highest court sent him to jail for five years on a sodomy conviction that will likely end his career.
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Anwar alleges 'conspiracy' on his way to jail

 

Malaysia's top court on Tuesday upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction and sentenced him to five years in prison, a verdict he slammed -- while standing in the dock -- as the "murder of judicial independence" and the result of a political conspiracy.
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Malaysia top court upholds Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction

 

Japanese industrial designer Kenji Ekuan, whose works ranged from a bullet train to the red-capped Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser as familiar as the classic Coca-Cola bottle, has died, his company said. He was 85.
Designer of bullet train & Kikkoman bottle dies at 85

 

A Japanese woman has accused an Indian tourist guide of drugging and then raping her in the historic city of Jaipur, police said Monday, the latest in a series of sex attacks on foreigners.
 

Indonesia and the Philippines on Monday signed an agreement on combating drug crime, despite ongoing efforts by Manila to prevent the execution of a Filipina on Indonesian death row for heroin smuggling.
 

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged Thailand's military rulers Monday to return as soon as possible to civilian rule as he met his counterpart and former army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha in Tokyo.
 
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