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A wooden boat crammed with migrant workers who were headed back to Indonesia capsized Thursday off Malaysia's western coast, killing at least 14 people, a maritime official said.

New Zealand on Wednesday suspended foreign aid to Nauru over concerns about civil rights abuses in a move slammed by the small Pacific island nation as seeking to "undermine our national sovereignty."

Savagely beaten and accused of spying for Moscow, Xu Weiyi -- one of China's few citizens of Russian descent -- stared over the river separating his border village from the Soviet Union, longing for escape.
Border fear, betrayal beneath Sino-Russian warmth


If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself. Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travelers a stern lecture, or worse.
Is N. Korean airline world's worst? It may be the quirkiest


Malaysian police said Wednesday they would question former premier Mahathir Mohamad over statements he made at massive weekend rallies demanding the ousting of current Prime Minister Najib Razak over corruption allegations.

Vietnam's president on Wednesday urged further modernization of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
Vietnam marks 70 years of independence


Millions of workers across India went on strike Wednesday in protest at Narendra Modi's economic policies, the biggest show of strength by trade unions since the right-wing prime minister took office.

North Korea said Wednesday that its recent expression of "regret" over a mine explosion that maimed two South Korean soldiers was not an apology, as Seoul claims -- raising doubts about tentative moves toward detente between the rivals.

Police investigating last month's Bangkok bombing said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at the Thai-Cambodia border match those found on a bottle of bomb-making material, and that they were seeking to arrest a Turkish man linked to the blast.
Suspect's prints match those on bomb material, say police


Millions of India's workers have vowed to go on strike on Wednesday against right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "anti-labour" economic policies.

Thai police said Wednesday that the fingerprints of a foreign man arrested at Thailand's border with Cambodia match those found on a bottle containing bomb-making material, as the investigation into last month's deadly bombing in Bangkok gathered steam.
Thai police: Suspect's prints match those on bomb material


A foreign man described as a "main suspect" in the deadly Bangkok bombing was arrested Tuesday, with Thai police calling him an important figure in the network that staged the attack.
Second foreigner held over Bangkok blast


An Australian journalist and his Thai colleague were acquitted of criminal defamation Tuesday over a report implicating Thailand's navy in human trafficking, as the country faces heavy criticism for its role in the deadly trade.

Japanese police said Tuesday they had arrested U.S. animal rights activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the TV show "Flipper," near the town of Taiji as it kicked off its controversial dolphin hunt.
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