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North Korea on Thursday urged the U.N. Human Rights Council to discuss CIA torture revelations and set up an independent investigation.
 

Thailand's junta-stacked parliament voted Friday to impeach former premier Yingluck Shinawatra, hours after prosecutors announced plans to indict her for corruption in a double blow that risks reigniting the country's bitter divisions.
 

The deadline set by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given US$200 million passed Friday, after one captive's mother made a desperate plea to save her son's life.
 

Ousted Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra Thursday attacked impeachment proceedings against her ahead of a crunch vote that could see her banned from politics for five years and deepen the country's bitter divide.
Ousted Thai PM slams impeachment vote

 

South Korea's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a prison sentence for a former lawmaker accused of encouraging an armed rebellion in the South should war with North Korea break out.
 

A four-year-old Australian boy has been fitted with an artificial pancreas in what researchers said was a world first treatment for managing type 1 diabetes.
Australian boy aged 4 receives world's first artificial pancreas

 

Nepal's leaders will meet Thursday in a last-ditch effort to agree on a constitution before a midnight deadline, as public frustration over the slow pace of progress deepens.
 

The Philippines' foreign minister on Thursday slammed China's attempts to build islands in the disputed South China Sea, prompting Beijing to accuse Manila of making “trouble out of nothing.”
 

One is a freelance journalist respected for his reporting on refugees and children in war zones. The other is a man who seems obsessed with guns and went to Syria to train with fighters.
2 Japanese hostages: How their lives got intertwined

 

China's land reclamation in contested reefs in the South China Sea has become “massive,” and is continuing despite protests from other countries, a Philippine official said Wednesday, citing surveillance photographs.
 

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang's claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel's findings “invalid.”
 

Nepal's Maoist chief apologized Wednesday for his party's role in a parliament brawl that injured four security officers in the tense run-up to a deadline for a post-war constitution.
Nepal's Maoist chief apologizes for parliamentary brawl

 

A Malaysian police officer sentenced to hang over the killing of a Mongolian model in a sensational scandal linked to corruption allegations has been detained in Australia, a report said Wednesday.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted Wednesday it was a “race against time” to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding US$200 million for their lives.
 
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