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A U.S. Marine charged with murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines put his mother on the witness stand to start his defense Monday, lawyers said.

A search plane has spotted the wreckage of an Indonesian passenger plane that went missing with 54 people on board, smoke still billowing from it in a rugged area in eastern Papua province, rescue officials said Monday.
Searchers spot wreckage of Indonesian plane in rugged Papua


A general strike imposed by smaller political parties protesting a proposed new constitution that would split Nepal into six federal states crippled daily life across the Himalayan nation Monday.
Strike against draft of constitution cripples life in Nepal


The wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing with 54 people aboard in rugged eastern Indonesia Sunday has been found by villagers, an official said, in the latest fatal accident to hit the country's aviation sector.

A suicide attacker on Sunday killed a Pakistani provincial minister who had campaigned against militants and at least 10 other people, after detonating a bomb at a meeting the minister was attending.

India summoned Pakistan's envoy in New Delhi Sunday to protest against the weekend killing of at least half a dozen civilians in border firings, hiking tensions ahead of talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.
India summons Pakistan envoy over Kashmir deaths


Indonesia won gold on home soil at the badminton world championships on Sunday, with Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan defeating Chinese duo Liu Xiaolong and Qiu Zihan in the final of the men's doubles in Jakarta.

Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

To Hidetoshi Tojo, his great-grandfather is a man in a black-and-white documentary film he saw some 30 years ago.
Japan war leaders' scions want reconciliation


A Cambodian opposition senator could be jailed for 17 years after a court charged him Sunday over the posting of a disputed document on social media about the border with Vietnam.

Thailand's crown prince led tens of thousands of blue-clad cyclists through Bangkok on Sunday in a rare high-profile public appearance amid anxiety over the health of the ailing king.
Thailand's crown prince in the limelight at cycling competition


They started appearing across Nepal's poorest districts several years ago -- partially built schools meant for local children and funded with public money.
Nepal's 'ghost schools' hide large-scale corruption


Former Bihar, India Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra has launched an offensive against the ruling Janata Dal-United (JD-U) government in Bihar, saying it is raising the issue of "special status" to the state not for development, but to cover up its failures.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Saturday that corruption was eating away at India "like a termite" as he used an independence day speech to pledge his commitment to eradicating corruption and poverty.
Corruption eating India 'like a termite'

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