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The Japanese National Diet, or parliament, passed contentious security bills into law early Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years.
Japan Diet passes controversial security bills


More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, liberated as a result of an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the U.S. from a slave island in eastern Indonesia.
2,000 fishermen slaves rescued in 6 months


They filed frivolous no-confidence motions. They made long-winded speeches to explain them. One employed the "cow walk," moving slowly like a cow to the podium to vote on a motion.
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Japan opposition makes last effort to block security bills


Pakistani Taliban attacked an air force base in the country's restive northwest Friday, killing at least 29 people, most of them soldiers, in their deadliest assault in months following a major military offensive against them.

Indian soldiers shot dead five suspected rebels Friday near the heavily militarized border in Kashmir as they tried to sneak in from the Pakistani side of the divided territory, an army spokesman said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared himself free from "all cares and worries" after inspecting a city inundated by flash floods that killed 40 people and damaged thousands of homes.

The honeymoon did not last long for Malcolm Turnbull. Just days after he took over as prime minister of Australia the attacks have started, with opponents accusing him of selling his ideological soul on issues from climate change to gay marriage in order to snatch the nation's top job.

Japanese lawmakers late Thursday started what is set to be a marathon debate over controversial security bills after scuffles broke out in parliament and protesters railed against the measures.
Japan upper house begins marathon debate over controversial security bill


A Taiwanese fishing boat that was detained in the Philippines for more than three months left for home Thursday after completing all legal procedures.

Nepal's parliament passed a new national constitution on Wednesday, weeks after political leaders reached a historic agreement to create a federal state following an earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people.
Nepal's parliament passes new constitution


A Saudi Arabian diplomat accused of repeatedly raping and abusing two Nepalese maids has left India under cover of diplomatic immunity, while Nepal on Thursday called for justice for the women.

Indonesian police have detained seven people whose companies are allegedly connected with illegal agricultural fires that have cloaked Southeast Asia in haze, in rare arrests over the annual smog outbreaks.

With an eye on Nov. 8 polls, Myanmar's president has ticked off a list of accomplishments during his five-year term -- noting with apparent pride a number of anti-Muslim policies that he hopes will help him win re-election.
Myanmar leader seeks to capitalize on anti-Islam sentiment


The illicit timber trade between Myanmar and mainland China is rebounding to near its peak of a decade ago as loggers push deeper into Myanmar to strip its forests, according to a report released Thursday by an environmental group.
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