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At Least 11 Women Die After Sterilization in India

At least 11 women are dead and 20 others seriously ill after undergoing free sterilization operations, highlighting the risks Indian women face in reproductive health.

China Seeks Greater Role in Afghanistan With Peace Talk Push

China proposes a forum to restart stalled peace talks between Afghanistan and Taliban insurgents, a sign that Beijing wants more influence in its neighbor’s affairs.

Obama’s Bid for New China Ties Can’t Quell Tension 

The US and China jointly announced new goals for tackling climate change, but long-standing tensions, such as over security issues, remain unresolved.

China’s Xi, Japan’s Abe Hold Landmark Meeting

The two leaders hold formal talks for the first time since taking office, a breakthrough in efforts to improve ties between the Asian rivals.

Nearly Third of Indian Cabinet Charged With Crimes, Despite Modi Pledge

Attempted murder, waging war on the state, criminal intimidation and fraud are among charges against ministers Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appointed to the cabinet.

Thailand to Push Back More Than 200 Boat People to Burma: Police

More than 200 boat people held in southern Thailand will be pushed back out to sea, police say, despite criticism of human rights groups.

China to Establish $40bn Silk Road Infrastructure Fund

China will contribute $40 billion to set up a Silk Road infrastructure fund to boost connectivity across Asia, President Xi Jinping announces.

American Freed by North Korea Wanted Pizza

Kenneth Bae arrives home after years of imprisonment in North Korea, thanking the US government and revealing that his time there offered lessons.

In China, Obama Tests Global Clout Post-Election

His influence at home quickly fading, the US president makes a three-country tour that will test his ability to play a commanding role internationally.

China, South Korea “Effectively” Conclude Free Trade Deal

Leaders of the two trading powerhouses have announced the “effective” conclusion of a free trade agreement after more than two years of negotiations.

Japanese Woman Abducted by North Korea Died of Drug Overdose

Megumi Yokota, a Japanese national abducted by North Korean agents decades ago as a schoolgirl, died from an overdose in 1994 and was buried in a pit with other corpses, according to a South Korean newspaper.

Tanzania Probes Alleged Ivory Smuggling During Chinese State Visit

Tanzania studies a report alleging that Chinese officials bought illegal ivory during President Xi Jinping’s visit and smuggled it out in diplomatic bags.

Indian Intelligence Agency on the Cheap Hampers War on Militants

India’s National Investigation Agency works on a shoestring budget and lacks officers specializing in cyber surveillance, explosives or tracing chemicals.

US Defense Chief Hagel Postpones Visits to Vietnam, Burma

United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has postponed a visit to Burma and Vietnam this month due to scheduling issues.

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested at Thai-Lao Border

One of the founders of popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay is arrested under an Interpol warrant as he attempts to cross into Thailand from Laos.

Thai King Undergoing Treatment in Bangkok Hospital

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, has been treated for a swollen intestine and remains in hospital after surgery to remove his gall bladder in October, the palace said on Tuesday.

India Plans to Step Up Safety on World’s Most Dangerous Roads

Amid an alarmingly high rate of road fatalities, India’s new government plans an ambitious five-year plan to overhaul the country’s highway laws.

British Banker Charged With Murder of Two Women in Hong Kong

A 29-year-old British banker is charged with murder in a Hong Kong court after police found the bodies of two women in his apartment

Thai Junta Promises Peace ‘Within a Year’ in Insurgency-Hit South

Thailand’s military government vows to bring peace to the Muslim-dominated south within a year, despite stalled peace talks aimed at ending the insurgency.

Trouble Brewing in South Korea’s Plastic Surgery Paradise

South Korea’s booming plastic surgery industry faces backlash, with formal complaints about botched procedures and dodgy doctors doubling in 2013 from a year earlier.