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Nepalese political leaders, ethnic protesters resume talks in attempt to end crisis

November
30
,
2015
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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal's top political leaders met Monday with representatives of the Madhesi ethnic group who are protesting against the new constitution to try to end a months-long crisis, but no agreement was reached. The...

Taiwan says it has swapped spy convicts with China in goodwill gesture linked to Xi-Ma meeting

November
30
,
2015
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Old foes China and Taiwan have swapped high-level convicted spies in a sign of goodwill linked to the first meeting ever between their presidents. Each side released the convicts and allowed them to return home before...

Philippine website to solicit tips on 200 expensive paintings missing from Marcos collection

November
27
,
2015
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government will launch a website to crowd-source tips on the whereabouts of some 200 missing art works, including paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Rembrandt that were owned by former first lady Imelda...

South Korea fines Volkswagen $12 million for rigging emissions in 125,000 diesel cars

November
26
,
2015
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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea said Thursday it fined Volkswagen $12.3 million and ordered recalls of 125,522 diesel vehicles after the government found their emissions tests were rigged. Hong Dong Gon, a director at the Ministry...

South Koreans bid farewell to ex-President Kim who ended decades of military-backed rules

November
26
,
2015
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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday at the lawn outside South Korea's parliament to bid farewell to former President Kim Young-sam, whose landmark 1992 election victory ended decades of military rule and...

Toyota recalls vehicles in Japan, Europe for Takata air bag defect after injury in Japan

November
25
,
2015
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TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.6 million vehicles for defective air bags supplied by embattled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp. The recall includes 22 models sold in Japan, including the Corolla and Vitz, manufactured from...

Indian army says 3 rebels attack army camp in Kashmir and are killed in gunbattle

November
25
,
2015
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SRINAGAR, India — Three heavily armed rebels stormed an army camp in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Wednesday and were killed in a fierce gunbattle with soldiers, the army said. A civilian worker with the army also was killed and an army...

Searchers pull bodies from rubble as death toll from landslide at Myanmar jade mine hits 113

November
23
,
2015
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YANGON, Myanmar — Soldiers, police and volunteers pulled body after body from the rubble Monday, as the death toll from a landslide near several jade mines in northern Myanmar reached at least 113, a local official said. More than 100 others...

Russian prime minister visits Angkor Wat on Cambodia trip with tight security

November
23
,
2015
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev privately toured Cambodia's famed Angkor Wat complex Monday, beginning a state visit protected with heavy security. Cambodia deployed more than 10,000 police and soldiers for...

Japanese police investigating blast at Japan's Yasukuni war shrine; no one injured

November
23
,
2015
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TOKYO — An explosion Monday damaged a public restroom at a controversial shrine in Tokyo that honours Japanese war dead, with police suspecting foul play. No one was injured. The Yasukuni shrine, which honours 2.5 million Japanese war dead,...