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Remains of Malaysian MH17 Victims to Be Flown Home By

Forty-three Malaysians were among the 298 passengers and crew aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine on July 17.

American Slain in Bali, Daughter Had Troubled Past  By

A woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase on an Indonesian resort island was repeatedly and violently abused by her daughter.

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One of Japan’s most polarizing prime ministers in decades may also have a good shot at becoming that rarity in Japanese politics—a long-serving leader.


The animated television series based on the famous Jim Davis cartoon character is produced at a sprawling studio on an Indonesian resort island.


Chinese military officers as well as state media are questioning whether China’s armed forces are too corrupt to fight and win a war.

Thai Junta Boosts Spending on Defense, Education in Draft Budget By

The country’s military rulers, who seized power in May after months of street demonstrations, expect the economy to expand next year.

Elderly Ex-Sex Slaves Want Solace, Help From Pope  By

A group of former “comfort women” will sit in the front row during the last Mass of the pope’s five-day trip to South Korea.

Thousands Join Anti-Occupy Rally in Hong Kong as Democracy Fight Heats Up By

Close 1.5 million people reportedly signed a petition opposing a pro-democracy campaign that has threatened to shut down the city’s financial district.

Across Asia’s Borders, Labor Activists Team Up to Press Wage Claims By

From Cambodia to Indonesia, workers in Southeast Asia who make clothing, including for Western markets, are asking for more money.

Pope Makes Tough Sell on Materialism in South Korea By

Pope Francis tells young people in Daejeon to “reject inhuman economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalized workers.”

Japan PM Sends Offering to War Dead Shrine, Cabinet Ministers Visit By

Shinzo Abe choses not to visit the Yasukuni Shrine, in what is seen as an effort to avoid inflaming tense relations with China.

Police Test Mental Health of Daughter of American Tourist Killed in Bali By

Indonesian police run psychiatric tests on the teenage daughter of an American woman found dead inside a suitcase on the resort island of Bali.

Asean Paralysis Gives China Free Hand in South China Sea By

A failed US effort to unite Asean strengthens China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea, and could affect US-Burma relations.

Pope Sends Good Will Message to China; Arrives in South Korea By

Francis will spend five days in South Korea, a country of five million Catholics, on the first trip to Asia by a pontiff since 1999.

Kerry Eyes US-China Partnership Despite Tensions By

Improving American cooperation with China is critical to maintaining stability and security in the Asia-Pacific, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

New Focus on Arms Industry Expansion in Southeast Asia By

Regional countries are increasing domestic manufacturers of military hardware, reducing their dependence on American and European suppliers.

India’s Modi Accuses Pakistan of Waging Proxy War By

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi accuses Pakistan of waging “proxy war” by sending militants to attack India in a trip to the disputed Kashmir region.

China Announces Birth of Rare Panda Triplets By

Three panda cubs were born on July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program.

China TV Series on Deng Stirs Questions on Political Openness By

A new 48-part drama series chronicles the late Chinese Communist Party leader’s push toward market reforms in the 1970s and 1980s.

Asbestos Pushed in Asia as Product for the Poor By

Outlawed in much of the developed world, asbestos is still going strong in the developing one, despite its well documented respiratory risks.

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