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A Tibetan nun is believed to have died after setting herself on fire to protest China's rule over the Himalayan region and to voice support for the Dalai Lama, rights groups and media said.
 

Shops and businesses were closed in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir on Saturday to protest India's plan to build townships for Hindus who fled a rebellion in Muslim-majority areas.
Kashmiris on strike in protest over Indian program for Hindu townships

 

Gunmen in restive western Pakistan shot and killed at least 20 workers early Saturday at a dam construction site, the deadliest recent attack targeting civilians in a region facing a low-level insurgency, authorities said.
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Pakistani authorities have freed the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on bail, sources said Friday, a move that swiftly drew furious condemnation from India.
India furious as Pakistan frees alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind

 

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter promised Friday that the U.S. would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia, including the latest stealth bombers and cyber warfare units, to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea.
Pentagon chief vows 'best' US weaponry to Asia

 

South Korea and Japan will next week hold their first high-level security talks in more than five years, Seoul said Friday, despite simmering tensions over territorial and other historical disputes.
 

An experienced war photographer has vowed to fight the Japanese government after being issued a passport that specifically bars him from going to violence-wracked Iraq and Syria.
 

Malaysia's parliament early Friday approved tougher penalties for sedition in a move criticized by the United Nations and described by the opposition as "a black day" for democracy and free expression.
 

The U.S. Treasury said Thursday that the Chinese and South Korean governments should stop intervening in markets to protect their undervalued currencies and let them rise.
 

The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Pelelilu.
Japan emperor prays at WWII island battleground

 

Godzilla has stomped so many buildings in Japan that the irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Tokyo's Shinjuku ward.
Godzilla made Tokyo resident, tourism envoy

 

North Korea on Thursday vowed to continue its push to develop nuclear weapons as well as ease chronic food and energy shortages during a rare parliamentary session that was closely watched by observers.
 

Philippine troops, backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, battled with at least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants Thursday in the country's restive south, leaving two soldiers and six militants dead, the military said.
 

The emperor of Japan visited a remote Pacific island Thursday to pray for thousands of Japanese and American soldiers who died during the World War II battle of Peleliu.
Japan emperor prays at WWII battleground on Pacific island

 
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