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Finance chiefs from G-20 nations said Sunday that they can overcome geo-political tensions and financial risks to achieve an extra combined 1.8 percent growth under reforms agreed among member nations.
 

Ashraf Ghani was declared Afghanistan's next president on Sunday after winning the June 14 election, officials said, ending months of disputes over allegations of massive fraud that tipped the country into a political crisis.
 

Thousands of Hong Kong students will begin a week-long boycott of classes Monday, the start of what democracy activists say will be a wider campaign of civil disobedience against Beijing's refusal to grant the city full universal suffrage.
 

Japan's new industry minister Yuko Obuchi said Sunday the resource-poor nation should be realistic about its energy needs as the government tries to convince a skeptical public on the necessity of nuclear power.
 

The New Zealand government's handling of a fragile economy was the “overwhelming” reason for its third election victory, Prime Minister John Key said Sunday after his party won a historic majority and he eyed a fourth triumph.
 

Japan's defense ministry wants to develop its own early-warning aircraft, replacing U.S.-made planes as the Chinese and Russian air forces grow more assertive, a report said Sunday.
 

A group of South Korean activists on Sunday launched tens of thousands of leaflets across the border carrying messages criticizing North Korea's ruling dynasty, defying threats from Pyongyang to attack them.
 

Coup leader Voreqe Bainimarama declared himself the ethnically divided Pacific nation's new prime minister on Sunday and promised "genuine democracy" and to work for all Fijians.
Bainimarama proclaims victory in Fiji poll

 

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights. Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing it since 2001, when it gained some powers of autonomy.
 

A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-meter-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.
 
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