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Gunmen on Thursday shot dead a prison official and his brother in northwestern Pakistan, a week after a Taliban attack on an air force base which killed 29 people, police said.

Nepal's top political parties on Thursday reached out to protesters angry about the country's new constitution, after violence in the region bordering India halted more than 1,000 oil tankers and trucks with essential supplies from entering Nepal.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, fresh from a bruising battle over unpopular military legislation, announced on Thursday an updated plan for reviving the world's third-largest economy, setting a GDP target of 600 trillion yen (US$5 trillion).

The world's largest democracies, India and the United States, agreed measures to deepen their security and economic cooperation on Tuesday, part of an ambitious drive to boost trade between them five-fold.
India and US renew ever closer strategic partnership


Eight people, including four believed to be ethnic Uighurs, have been detained in Malaysia for questioning in connection with last month's bombing of a shrine in Bangkok that killed 20 people, a senior official said Wednesday.

Wearing an expression of intense concentration, Myanmar garment worker Htet Myat Nyein stitches jackets bound for wealthy foreign high streets, part of a booming industry fueling much of the country's modernization drive.

Indonesia has revoked the license of a timber supplier and suspended the operations of three palm oil plantation operators over fires that have blanketed Southeast Asia in haze, an official said Tuesday.

The Indian government backtracked Tuesday on a proposed requirement for all messages sent on social media and mobile chatting apps to be saved for several months as a way of defeating encryption technology.

A new Malaysian opposition alliance was launched on Tuesday, three months after its forerunner collapsed over policy disputes, as embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak faces rising accusations of corruption and economic mismanagement.
New Malaysia opposition bloc formed after precursor's fall


Australia's new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has advised mainland China to ease off on island construction in the South China Sea if it wants a reduced U.S. presence in the region.

The deaths of three Australian soldiers killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan may have been prevented had the military passed down a NATO order to tighten security, a coroner found Tuesday.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Tuesday supporters need not be afraid when they cast ballots in landmark elections, as she railed against government neglect while campaigning in her rural constituency.

"I miss you so much," 70-year-old Kim Ik-je tells the long-lost brother he knows he will almost certainly never see.
Divided Koreans record messages of pain, regret


MANILA, Philippines -- Unidentified gunmen have abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine island, the military and police said Tuesday.
Gunmen abduct 3 foreigners, Filipino from Philippine resort

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