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Malaysia, China and Australia will meet in September to "refine" the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 after part of the plane's wing was discovered on an Indian Ocean island last month, more than a year on from its tragic disappearance.

A Pakistani teenager believed to have been kidnapped and repeatedly sexually assaulted has committed suicide after police refused to help and even taunted him, the victim's father said on Saturday.

A two-story ferry with 544 passengers caught fire after docking in the central Philippines on Saturday and people jumped into the sea and clambered down the roof deck to escape black smoke. All passengers were safe and only two crew suffered bruises and cuts, officials said.
Fire engulfs a Philippine ship with 544; just 2 minor injuries


North Korea now has its own time zone. Bells were rung in Pyongyang and celebrations held at midnight as the nation's clocks were set back 30 minutes to mark the Aug. 15, 1945 anniversary of the Korean Peninsula's liberation from colonial rule at the end of World War II.
N. Korea celebrates new time zone


Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Saturday defended Australia's carbon pollution reduction target as in line with those of other countries after the nation's climate change authority criticized the goal as "disappointing."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi set a 1,000-day deadline Saturday for every village in India to get electricity as he emphasised his commitment towards combating poverty.
Modi sets 1,000-day deadline to power up India villages


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe acknowledged Friday that Japan inflicted "immeasurable damage and suffering" on innocent people in World War II, but stopped short of offering his own apology and said future generations of Japanese should not have to make them either.
Abe repeats official line, no new apologies


North Korea on Friday threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire" unless South Korean activists stop the launches of propaganda leaflets across the heavily fortified border.

Pakistan and India traded heavy gunfire on Friday, killing one person and forcing villagers in divided Kashmir to flee to safety even as the Pakistani president renewed his offer of talks with India to resolve the issue of the disputed region.

Two suspected members of a Bangladeshi Muslim militant group, including one who was out on bail on a charge of attempted murder, were arrested in the killing of a secular blogger in the fourth such deadly attack this year.
Authorities in Bangladesh arrest 2 in blogger murder


Thailand's junta-picked parliament Friday voted against impeaching 248 ex-lawmakers in a rare reprieve for a party that was unceremoniously kicked out of office after last year's coup.

Nearly four months after a massive quake devastated Nepal, the government has set up a new state body to lead reconstruction efforts, a spokesman for the prime minister's office said Friday.
Quake-hit Nepal sets up new reconstruction authority


A Canadian teacher and an Indonesian teaching assistant sentenced to 10 years in an Indonesian prison for child sexual offenses were released Friday after a court overturned their convictions.
Indonesia overturns sex abuse convictions


Malaysia's High Court on Friday dismissed a media group's bid to lift a three-month publishing ban imposed by the government in response to its investigative reports on alleged financial irregularities linked to the prime minister.
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