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Hong Kong Begins Clearing Main Pro-Democracy Protest Camp

Hong Kong authorities start clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city’s most economically and politically important district.

Youth Suicide on the Rise in Modernizing India

Traditional expectations and a lack of mental health programs are contributing to an alarming suicide rate that disproportionately affects young women.

Hiroshima Survivor Shifts Search for Victims from US to Europe

Shigeaki Mori, a Japanese historian, searches for the families of American POWs who died when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

UN Urges States to Save Boat People as Record Numbers Take to Seas

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more asylum-seekers than ever are imperiled, the United Nations says.

India, Russia to Set Out Energy Vision, Siberian Deals Eyed

India and Russia strike an energy partnership that prepares the way for Siberian oil deals and charts a route for a pipeline between the countries.

Nobel Peace Winners Stress Education for All

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi have highlighted the importance of uniting people across borders and religions by educating children and freeing them from poverty.

China Worries May Boost Indonesia Defense Spending to $20Bln Annually

Indonesia’s defense spending could grow to US$20 billion annually by 2019 to protect its sovereignty, including in South China Sea territory near China’s claims.

Nuts! Korean Flight Delayed by First Class Spat

A recent Korean Air Lines flight was delayed when its chairman’s daughter ordered a senior crew member off the plane.

Embassy Steps in on Malaysia Murder Case

The Burmese Embassy in Malaysia is verifying police claims that at least 15 detained murder suspects are Burmese nationals, the embassy said on Tuesday.

Indians Ask What Has Changed Since Delhi Gang Rape as Uber Driver Accused

The alleged rape of a woman by a taxi driver sparks debate over whether India has become safer after a notorious gang rape in 2012.

Philippine Storm Weakens After Leaving 21 Dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakens into a tropical storm after leaving at least 21 people dead and forcing more than a million into shelters.

China Sentences Eight to Death for Attacks in Xinjiang

A Chinese court has convicted eight people on charges of leading terror groups and masterminding attacks which left 46 people dead in the country’s west.

Ex-Czar’s Arrest Makes China’s Xi Stronger

The criminal case against China’s ex-security chief not only plays to public demands to curb corruption—it leaves Xi more solidly in control than ever.

Japan PM Abe on Track for Landslide in Weekend Poll

The incumbent Liberal Democratic Party is set to sweep Japan’s lower house of parliament, the result of widespread dissatisfaction with the main opposition party.

No Major Damage in Philippine Typhoon, at Least 3 Dead

Typhoon Hagupit weakens after leaving at least three people dead and sending more than a million others into shelters in the Philippines.

Hong Kong Protesters Weigh Next Move as One Suggests Blocking Govt, Not Roads

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong weigh their options on whether to call off more than two months of street demonstrations or change tactics.

In North Korea, Hackers Are a Handpicked, Pampered Elite

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyber-warfare cell, believed to be responsible for hacking into Sony Pictures computers.

Philippines Braces for Powerful, Erratic Typhoon

A wide swath of the Philippines, including the capital Manila, braces for a dangerously erratic and powerful typhoon approaching from the Pacific.

Obama Says China’s Xi Has Consolidated Power Quickly, Worrying Neighbors

The US president says his Chinese counterpart has consolidated power faster than any Chinese leader in decades, raising human rights concerns and worrying China’s neighbors.

Indonesia May Disband or Relocate State Oil Trader in Corruption Crackdown

Indonesia may force state giant Pertamina to disband its Singapore trading unit or relocate it to bring more transparency to operations.