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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.
 

The Islamic State (IS) group threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives a US$200 million ransom within 72 hours, but Tokyo vowed Tuesday it would not give in to "terrorism."
Tokyo won't budge on IS hostage threat

 

A worker at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant died Tuesday after falling into a water tank, the country's nuclear operator said, the second fatal accident to blight efforts to stabilize the tsunami-battered facility.
 

An AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month with 162 people on board climbed at a faster than normal speed and then stalled, the Indonesian transport minister said Tuesday.
 

Fighting broke out in Nepal's parliament Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high ahead of a deadline to complete a new national constitution.
Nepali lawmakers in fisticuffs over constitution

 

Australia on Tuesday raised the terrorism threat level against the police force to high for the first time, saying there were small but growing numbers of citizens involved with jihadist groups and intent on attacks.
 

Rights groups welcomed the release of a prominent Rohingya Muslim doctor who was arrested while trying to calm rioters during sectarian violence in western Myanmar, but noted Tuesday scores of political prisoners remain behind bars.
 

India's media on Tuesday lashed out at David Warner over his repeated verbal clashes with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's touring team, demanding the aggressive Australian opener be reined in.
 

A Hong Kong employer accused of starving and beating her Indonesian maid treated the woman as an “unpaid slave,” prosecutors said Tuesday on the last day of hearings in a case which has shocked the city.
Indonesian maid in HK was slave: prosecution

 

South Korean activists threatened on Tuesday to sneak copies of the Hollywood comedy “The Interview” into North Korea if Pyongyang rejects Seoul's offer of dialogue.
Activists threaten to send movie 'The Interview' to North Korea

 

An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours.
 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe flew into Tel Aviv on Sunday at the start of a visit hailed by Israel as an opportunity to boost economic ties.
Japan PM on three-day trip to Israel, West Bank

 

North Korea have a reputation for boorish behavior at sports events but at the Asian Cup, outbursts and protests were replaced by gracious praise as they proved the perfect guests.
 

Sweaty hair matted to his pale, emaciated face, Thant Zin Oo starts his days early, winding through small alleyways outside Myanmar's biggest city Yangon and scavenging through garbage piled up behind shops and factories in search of something — anything — to sell.
Myanmar street chidren turning to sniffing glue to forget their hunger

 
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