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A Taiwanese woman, described only as Miss Q, reported to authorities that she received a disturbing phone call yesterday from her fiance at 10 a.m. Australia time, warning her that he feared for his life when he found that gunman had taken hostages in the Lindt Chocolat Cafe below his office.
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Philippine prosecutors on Monday charged a U.S. Marine with murder over the death of a Filipino transgender woman, in a case that has fanned anti-American sentiment and tested close military ties.
 

The class of middle-aged, male rickshaw drivers obediently raised their hands and loudly pledged to “respect and protect women” while plying the streets of New Delhi, dubbed India's rape capital.
Uber case reignites India women's fears two years after fatal gang rape

 

An Australian woman who was arrested entering Malaysia with crystal methamphetamine is innocent and was only carrying a bag for a stranger, a lawyer seeking to spare her the death penalty said Monday.
Woman 'duped' in Malaysia drug case: lawyer

 

Nut rage imploded the career of a Korean Air Lines executive and embarrassed her family and country. Now South Korean retailers are experiencing the unexpected upside: a boom in sales of macadamias.
 

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is facing a political crisis over allegations that a former chief adviser pulled strings behind the scenes on key state affairs and feuded with Park's younger brother for power.
 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed he would try to persuade a skeptical public of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution, the day after scoring a thumping election victory.
 

Australia's budget deficit is forecast to balloon to AU$40.4 billion (US$33.2 billion) this financial year as the government struggles with a sharp slump in commodity prices, Treasurer Joe Hockey said Monday.
 

Three people ran out a fire exit of a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of people hostage at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a flag containing an Islamic declaration of faith.
3 flee from Sydney cafe at heart of hostage drama

 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won comfortable re-election Sunday in a snap poll he had billed as a referendum on his economic policies, but a record low voter turn-out threatened to cloud any mandate.
Japanese PM Abe comfortably re-elected in low-turnout polls

 

Rescuers pulled more bodies from the debris Sunday after heavy rain in central Indonesia loosened soil and collapsed a hill, setting off a landslide that killed at least 32 villagers and left 76 others missing under piles of mud.
 

North Korea Sunday put on display an American who had apparently entered the country illegally and who strongly denounced the U.S. political and economic systems.
Another US citizen enters N. Korea, slams US: CNN

 

It was October 1995 when the Maratha Mandir cinema first showed one of India's best-loved movies, a Bollywood romcom starring Shah Rukh Khan.
1,000-week run makes Indian cinema history

 

The daughter of Korean Air's CEO visited the home of a cabin crew chief Sunday to apologize for kicking him off a plane over the way a snack was served, amid claims she made him kneel and ask forgiveness.
 
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