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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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Chinese police shoot dead 28 from 'terrorist group'

Chinese police have killed 28 members of a "terrorist group" in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, authorities announced Friday, in the bloodiest such operation in months and as Beijing denounces Western "double standards" in the wake of the Paris attacks....
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Maldives declares state of emergency

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest suspects ahead of a major anti-government protest rally....
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Maldives: Explosive was under president's usual seat on boat

MALE, Maldives (AP) — An explosion on the Maldives' presidential speedboat last month was caused by a device placed under the seat usually occupied by the president, who escaped unhurt because he wasn't sitting there, the government said Tuesday....
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Unrest a new blow to Nepal's quake-ravaged tourism industry

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Just when Nepal was recovering from the devastating earthquake that killed thousands, flattened hundreds of thousands of houses and chased away foreign tourists, protests by ethnic groups and severe fuel shortages are again keeping visitors away from the nation known for highest peaks in the world....
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