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Nearly 4,000 people took part Sunday in a mass evacuation drill to test responses to a possible eruption of Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji, weeks after a nearby volcano blew its top and killed at least 56.
 

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said on Friday that the country would do better with fewer provinces under a new federal setup. The prescription for fewer federal states comes from Koirala comes at a time when major parties are at loggerheads over the number of states to be adopted while federating the existing unitary system into a new setup.
 

The first passenger aircraft to be made in Japan in nearly four decades was unveiled Saturday as its manufacturer pushed into the booming regional jet sector with an eye to taking on industry giants Embraer and Bombardier.
Japan unveils first passenger jet in four decades

 

A German couple kidnapped by Islamic militants was handed over to their embassy Saturday after a six-month ordeal marked by constant threats of beheading, as the Philippines confronted a security threat it thought it had overcome.
 

The United States said Saturday it would comply with a Philippine prosecutor's order to produce a murder suspect and four other U.S. Marines in the investigation into the killing of a transgender Filipino sex worker.
 

Japan's trade minister denied reports Saturday that she plans to resign soon over allegations that she violated election laws.
 

One of Thailand's most prominent scholars is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.
 

Defense lawyers for two ex-Khmer Rouge leaders said Saturday they would boycott a new genocide trial until they appealed the pair's earlier conviction, in a move that threatens to delay an already lengthy case.
 

China and Vietnam agreed to resume military ties and resolve their maritime disputes in high-level meetings, China's official Xinhua News Agency said, marking the first signs that tensions over rival territorial claims may be easing.
 

A South Korean official handling safety measures at a concert where 16 people died apparently committed suicide, hours after tragedy struck when a ventilation grate collapsed, authorities said Saturday.
 
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