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Top aide to North Korea leader Kim Jong Un dies in car crash: KCNA

A senior North Korean ruling party official and a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un has died in a car accident, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, the latest dramatic demise in the close circle of deputies to the country's leader.
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China to 'wait and see' if Japan sincere on 'comfort women' issue

China's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday it would "wait and see" how sincere Japan was after South Korea and Japan reached a landmark agreement to resolve the issue of "comfort women"....
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India welcomes rule-breaker Modi's surprise Pakistan visit

New Delhi (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagrantly broke with diplomatic protocol to pay a surprise birthday visit to Pakistan leader Nawaz Sharif, betting his personal brand on his ability to revive a troubled relationship, Indian media and analysts said on Saturday....
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Vietnam builds military muscle to face China

Vietnam's military is steeling itself for conflict with China as it accelerates a decade-long modernization drive, Hanoi's biggest arms buildup since the height of the Vietnam War....
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Fukushima chief says no textbook for cleanup

TOKYO —The man leading the daunting task of dealing with the Fukushima nuclear plant that sank into meltdowns in northeastern Japan warns with surprising candor: Nothing can be promised....
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Ex-Australia PM Abbott says West should 'proclaim superiority over Islam'

Sydney (AFP) - Deposed Australian prime minister Tony Abbott declared Wednesday "cultures are not all equal" and the West should proclaim its superiority over Islam, sparking accusations he is trying to "Trumpify" the nation's politics....
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World Bank says Asia aging faster than anywhere else

BEIJING (AP) — Asian countries are aging faster than has been seen anywhere else in the world, and they need to urgently reform pension systems and encourage more women to enter the labor force, the World Bank said in a report Wednesday....
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US envoy to Thailand being investigated for royal defamation

Bangkok (AFP) - The US Ambassador to Thailand is facing a police investigation for royal defamation after criticising jail terms under the draconian law, as ultra-nationalist sentiment surges since royalist generals seized power....
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China seeks South Korean safety guarantees after warning shots fired at ship

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday it had asked South Korea to ensure the safety of Chinese ships after South Korea's navy fired warning shots at a Chinese vessel which crossed into waters disputed by North and South Korea....
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Putin's foe Khodorkovsky summoned for questioning

MOSCOW (AP) — In an unexpected renewal of a feud between the Kremlin and Russia's former richest man, exiled tycoon and ex-prisoner Mikhail Khodorkovsky was summoned for questioning in Moscow on Tuesday....
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