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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Wednesday that a man held for months by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines had been murdered, condemning what he called a "savage and barbaric" act.

Indonesia's health ministry has apologized after a printing error led to posters being put up claiming that HIV can be transmitted through mosquito bites, swimming and sneezing, an official said Wednesday.

A Sydney court fined a Japanese firm AU$1 million (US$709,300) Wednesday for repeatedly killing Antarctic minke whales in an Australian Southern Ocean sanctuary.

At least four people died in bushfires raging in parts of Western Australia, authorities said Wednesday, with a shocked local community lamenting the "day from hell."

Aggressive action to fight climate change will be a boon for businesses in Asia and beyond, U.S. President Barack Obama is asserting as he reaches for a global climate change agreement he hopes will burnish his environmental legacy.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised to be the "perfect host" to all leaders attending a regional summit, but a long and lonely red carpet welcome walk for China's Xi Jinping on Wednesday betrayed their nations' icy ties.

When a landslide created a huge, turquoise lake that cut them off from the world, the farmers of Gulmit were left destitute and unable to sell their potatoes. Their solution: to drag their Himalayan valley in Pakistan's far north into the Internet age.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered the Philippines a warship as part of a US$250-million aid package to Southeast Asian allies worried about Chinese efforts to control the South China Sea.
Obama offers SE Asian allies military aid as China tensions rise


Japan on Tuesday sued its southern region of Okinawa over local resistance to a new U.S. military base, the latest chapter in deepening mistrust between central authorities and the government of the strategic island.
Japan takes Okinawa to court over US base relocation


Australia's most senior Muslim cleric came under fire from government ministers on Tuesday for linking the Paris attacks to racism and Islamophobia.

India's Supreme Court has ordered a state government to remove a wood-burning crematorium from near the Taj Mahal to protect the iconic monument from pollution damage.

A newlywed Indonesian couple have been arrested over claims they dined on the genitals of the woman's suspected rapist after her husband allegedly murdered him and cut off his private parts, police said Tuesday.

North Korea on Tuesday sent back a South Korean man it held for about six weeks for entering the country illegally, South Korean officials said.

Its Himalayan glaciers are melting fast, its agricultural heartland is drying up and its capital is choking on the world's filthiest air.
How global warming is changing India

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