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North Korea ranked "most oppressive place in the world for Christians" 16 years in a row, estimated 70,000 Christians imprisoned in country's concentration camps, 36% of the population practices Christianity. 

Muslim terrorists in southern Thailand stole two cars from rental car dealership, later used the cars in bomb attacks, employee at the car company held hostage and was later murdered 

Chinese teenager dies two days after being sent to internet addiction treatment centre, examining doctors find he sustained more than 20 external and several internal injuries 

China bans all imports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead concentrates, lead and seafood from North Korea as part of UN sanctions after country's missile tests, could cost North Korea up to USD 1 billion a year 

Nearly 3.5 million North Koreans volunteer joining or rejoining army since Monday to resist new U.N. sanctions and to fight against U.S., according to North Korean state media 

South Korean district court orders Mitsubishi to pay USD 108,000 to elderly woman and to relative of deceased woman for years spent as forced laborers during World War II, Japanese professor of international relations calls ruling outrageous deviation from 1965 bilateral agreement 

Liu Xia, Chinese poet and widow of peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo, has disappeared since 26 days ago - in house arrest since 2010 despite protests from the UN, US and EU 

KCNA says North Korea has released Canadian pastor Rim Hyon Su, frequent North Korea visitor was sentenced to hard labour for life in 2015 for alleged attempt to overthrow regime, humanitarian reasons said to be behind release 

Local council together with Land and Environment Court in Australian Bondi ban synagogue construction due to risk of building being targeted in terror attack, Jewish leaders call move caving in to Islamic extremism and creating dangerous precedent 

Duterte signs law granting taxpayer-funded tuition fees for state universities, economic managers adviced rejecting measure as government not expected able to handle estimated USD 2 billion yearly cost 

More than half of Australian university students say they were sexually harassed in 2016, 7% were sexually assaulted in 2015 or 2016, according to study of 39 universities and 31,000 students 

148 Chinese nationals arrested in Indonesia on suspicion of fraud, have claimed to be attorneys or police officers who for a fee could close down ongoing legal cases against wealthy Chinese officials or businessmen, can potentially have made profits of up to USD 450 million since the start of the year  

More than 120 people killed in widespread flooding in Indian Gujarat, infrastructure paralyzed and tens of thousands of cotton farmers also suffering heavy damage 

Pakistan's Supreme Court unanimously ousts Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after investigative team alleges his family could not account for its vast wealth 

Indian government won't allow autonomous cars, says transport minister, reason given is to protect jobs 

Armed guards deployed to markets in Central Indian state Madhya Pradesh after a five-fold hike in tomato price, heavy monsoon rain limits the supply 

Duterte plans to bomb schools teaching communism to children from indigenous groups, human rights activists say this would be a war crime 

68,000 USD of New Zealand taxpayer money is spent on imported South Korean mud for a music festival, organizers want to give Mudtopia visitors the experience of various types of mud 

South Korea's former minister of culture receives a two year suspended sentence and her chief of staff is sentenced to three years in jail, the chief of staff created a list of cultural figures critical of the regime and used the list to deny them any government subsidies 

Former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf says in interview that he considered using nuclear weapons against India during the 2001 conflict between the countries, only deterred by the risk of retaliation 

At least 26 Afghan soldiers killed and 13 injured as Taliban attack military base in Kandahar province, more than 80 terrorists neutralized 

North Korea cancels annual Taedonggang beer festival for unknown reasons shortly before second planned installment 

Sri Lanka plagued by major outbreak of dengue fever, more than 100,000 victims this year, which is 4.3 times more than the average since 2010, military personnel have been called in 

At least 30 dead, 42 injured as suicide car bomb strikes bus carrying government employees in Afghan capital Kabul, Taliban claim to have carried out attack 

US to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, special validation needed once ban comes into effect next month, Swedish embassy is investigating number of American tourists left in country 

Indian district court denies abortion for 10-year-old girl raped by her uncle, girl 30-weeks pregnant according to ultrasound scan, country generally allows for abortion up until 20 weeks but exceptions can be made when pregnancy threatens mother's life 

Papua New Guinea's electoral chairman Patilias Gamato wins court decision to ban the nickname Tomato, tired of bloggers posting pictures of him where his face is replaced with the vegetable 

Brawl in Taiwan parliament for second consecutive day, chairs and water balloons thrown, multibillion project including light rail and flood control measures for regions faithful to ruling party contested subject 

Yakuza group distributes manual on how to act in relation to Japans new anti-conspiracy law, claims that the police will target yakuza members to show that the law is working as intended, says lies will be used to arrest people who have never committed any crimes  

Buddhist theology students file suit against Japan's education ministry, want to stop transfer of ownership of their Buddhist university to new owners aligned with Confucianism, claim a takeover would make it difficult to graduate and become Buddhist priests 

Seven Hindu pilgrims killed and twelve wounded in Indian Kashmir as their bus got caught up in crossfire in connection with separatist attack, Pakistan-based group behind attack according to police 

Pakistan PM Sharif with family dismiss corruption probe report stating they accumulated wealth far above earnings, report ordered by Supreme Court in April after 2–3 split verdict failed to remove Sharif from office 

Nepalese speaking Gurkha minority on strike in Darjeeling, wants own state to be created by secession from West Bengal 

Almost half of Japanese aged 18 to 34 are virgins which contributes to demographical issues 

Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua still missing, Hong Kong based business empire begins selling assets, this amid Chinese President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption 

Khaltmaa Battulga wins Mongolia presidential election, originally known as prominent wrestler and later as successful business man, election campaign marred by mudslinging from all sides 

16 dead, 15 still missing after record rainfall over western Japan, several deceased caught in landslides triggered by the downpour 

Motorbikes to be outlawed in Hanoi by 2030 to cut emissions and congestion, city's seven million inhabitants have five million motorbikes 

China escalates harsh language toward India after 20 day Sikkim stand-off, says Indian provocation can lead to war and greater losses than in 1962 war 

Villagers near nature reserve in Uttar Pradesh suspected of sending older family members into the forest to be killed by tigers, bodies then moved to enable claiming compensation from the government 

1.5 million people plant almost 67 million trees in 12 hours in Indian state Madhya Pradesh, beat previous world record where state Uttar Pradesh planted 50 million saplings in July 2016 

Japan wants to put a man on the moon in 2030, wants to join NASA-led mission to build space station in the moon's orbit, China and India already have ambitious space plans 

Japanese men choose silicone dolls over women, claim new plastic partners are easier to communicate with than heartless and selfish female compatriots 

New party Tomin First no Kai clear winner in Tokyo local election, claims 49 of 127 seats, LDP down from 57 to 23 seats, worst result in party history 

India cancels registration of more than 100,000 companies after finding irregular transactions following the banknote ban, "further stern measures will be taken in the coming days" according to Prime Minister Modi 

More than 50,000 hectares of forests burn in Siberia according to NASA, recent forest fires in region have been most extensive in 10,000 years according to 2013 study 

All activities threatening China's stability are absolutely impermissible, says Xi Jinping on Hong Kong visit, also pushes Hong Kong parliament to pass pending laws regarding implementation of communist propaganda in public schools 

India introduces Goods and Services tax overhaul plan, Finance minister says tax will help the economy grow by 2% 

US State Department approves arms deal with Taiwan worth USD 1.3 billion, must be cleared by Congress, includes radar systems, anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components 

First trial begins on responsibility for Fukushima nuclear disaster, three former Tepco bosses claims innocence, previous decision by prosecutor not to pursue charges overturned through unusual legal maneuver 

Prominent Vietnamese blogger sentenced to ten years in prison for defaming Communist regime on Facebook and in interviews with foreign media, says she has right to freedom of expression and will appeal verdict 

Philippine parliament passes law forcing citizens to sing national anthem with fervor whenever it is played publicly, refusal punished with fines and up to one year in prison 

Project to repopulate Mongol steppe with wild horses continues as four Przewalski's horses are sent to Gobi desert from Prague zoo, 190 specimens believed to exist in the wild 

30% of Australians have no religion, up from 0.8% in 1966, proportion of Christians from 88% to 52% in same time period 

IS terrorists still control central Marawi City in Philippines despite army's daily attacks and month long siege, merging of 14 jihadist groups behind IS' growing influence in region 

At least 150 dead after oil tanker overturns and catches fire near Pakistani city Ahmedpur East, crowd had gathered to collect fuel when fire erupted, smoking at scene may have been fire cause according to rescue services 

At least 15 dead and 96 missing after landslide in Sichuan, China 

At least 40 dead in Pakistan after bomb attacks in cities Quetta and Parachinar, splinter group of Pakistani Taliban and IS terrorists claim responsibility for first attack 

India most reliable military and infrastructure partner for Afghanistan, according to Pentagon report, countries united in enmity toward common neighbor Pakistan 

Controversial dog meat festival in Yulin, China takes place despite discontented local authorities and rumors of prohibition 

Relocation of classic Tokyo fish market Tsukiji may happen as early as May 2018 according to governor Yuriko Koike who also warns about possible delays due to poisoned water at new marketplace must be dealt with first 

Spandrell: Liberal republic expected after crisis in Singapore's Lee dynasty, sons of Lee Kuan Yew weaklings controlled by wives who hate each other, daughter hopeless social justice warrior, grandson Li Hongyi only hope but has expressed disinterest in ruling 

Ishikawa Governor Masanori Tanimoto retracts earlier comment that Japan should cut off supplies to North Korea in order to starve country's population to death, says human lives should be respected but effective countermeasures must be put in place to stop North Korean aggressions  

Members of Singapore ruling dynasty circumvent state controlled press and use social media to advance views and debate each other, feel limited by rules implemented by themselves  

Protests for an independent Gorkhaland resumed in Darjeeling, involved violent clashes between police and protesters 

Small concentrations of plutonium and americium found in urine of five workers after accident in Japanese nuclear research facility earlier this month 

Nepalese Department of Survey launches measurement of Mount Everest's height, believes it could have changed following big earthquake in 2015 

Micronation Hutt River's former leader Prince Leonard I loses case against Australian government and has to pay USD 2.3 million in taxes, nation seceded from Australia in 1970 but has never been recognized 

Japanese government uses loop-hole to pass anti-conspiracy bill, controversial law allows police to arrest suspects in early stages of planning a crime 

Risk of intensified conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia increases military presence, peace agreement unlikely as it would threaten Azerbaijan's status as sovereign state 

UN criticizes Thailand's law against lèse-majesté after man is sentenced to 35 years in prison for defamatory Facebook posts, number of people investigated for insulting monarchy has more than doubled over last three years 

Chinese discussion on morality triggered by video showing woman getting killed in traffic while dozens of people walk past, 2014 state media poll found lacking faith and ethics to be country's greatest social problem 

Pakistan freezes bank accounts of 5,000 suspected terrorists to the value of USD 3 million 

Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia launch joint patrols in waters off Mindanao region to counter IS terrorist threats, air patrols planned to start at later date 

China enacts measures to prevent Ramadan observance in Xinjiang in order to ensure social peace and harmony 

At least 36 killed as gunman opens fire and sets himself on fire in hotel complex in Philippine capital Manila, most of dead suffocated in thick smoke, IS terrorists claim responsibility but authorities insist it was a robbery attempt 

Afghan intelligence service says early findings show Kabul truck bombing carried out by Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network with Pakistani intelligence service assistance 

Mentally unstable man tries to get into the cockpit on a plane from Australia to Malaysia carrying something, air crew and passenger ties him up with safety belt and cables 

Registered sex offenders in Australia to be banned from travelling overseas or holding passport, new law aims to counter child sex tourism trade 

Many calls for Dravidian secession from India after new law bans sale of cattle in markets for slaughter, idea previously more popular among Tamils but now seems to have broader support  

Death toll after monsoon causes landslides in Sri Lanka rises to over 160, worst flooding in 14 years 

Indian Chief of Army Staff Bipin Rawat claims use of human shield in Kashmir to be innovative warfare, says dirty tricks are allowed in dirty proxy war  

Campaign group working toward reunion with UK set up in Hong Kong, leader Alice Lai says China is unfit to be governing region 

North Korea fires ballistic missile that lands in Japan's economic zone, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe says country will take concrete steps together with US to deter further provocations 

At least 122 killed and 97 missing after floods and landslides hit Sri Lanka, country's Foreign Ministry asks UN and neighboring states to provide assistance 

Statue of Themis, Greek goddess of divine justice, removed from Dhaka Supreme Court complex after Islamist mass protests, seen as sign of rising tension between Islamic and liberal values in Bangladesh 

Chinese student cowed online by fellow countrymen and government's newspaper for praising free speech in America, where she studies 

Kyrgyz president Almazbek Atambayev releases pair of guitar ballads backed up by professionally produced music videos, follows trend of musically talented Central Asian leaders 

Catholic priest and churchgoers taken hostage in Philippines as group with ties to IS terrorists tries to take control over Marawi city, Islamists demand that government forces are recalled 

Philippines declares martial law for 60 days on island Mindanao after clashes between government forces and Islamists during which two soldiers and a police officer were killed 

Microsoft developed Windows 10 edition for Chinese government, gives greater control over telemetry and updates, removes Onedrive and integrates own encryption algorithms 

Mount Everest rock formation Hillary Step confirmed as collapsed, may lead to bottleneck and more dangerous climb 

Huge piles of broken and unused bikes in major Chinese cities after about 30 companies backed by big investors having distributed millions of bikes in hope of gaining market share, growing bubble concerns reported 

Australia gives 7,500 boat migrants until October to prove refugee status or be removed from the country and banned from re-entering, 80% of illegal maritime arrivals arrived without any identity documents 

Princess Mako of Japan gives up royal status to marry legal assistant Kei Komuro, shrinking the already small imperial family 

India launches ambitious naval exercise with Singapore in South China Sea, stepping up cooperation with countries in area in response to China's rearmament 

Duterte signs executive order banning smoking in public places in Philippines, acts according to campaign promise 

Christianity continues to grow in North Korea despite country being world's most difficult place for Christians, according to defector who became missionary in South Korea 

Residents of King Island wish to secede from Tasmania to join Victoria, upset as Tasmanian government reduces freight traffic to the popular tourist island 

Australia PM Turnbull launches explicitly nationalistic USD 89 billion investment to strengthen naval defense, says he wants to secure the country's military and economic future