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At least 140 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 120 missing after landslide in Sichuan, China buries 40 homes  

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 wars 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 

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in inaugurates his mandate by closing ten coal power plants — reduced air pollution top campaign promise 

Danny Chivers: Freedom in sight for people of West Papua who have struggled with decades of Indonesian oppression 

Chinese president Xi Jinping presents plans for new Silk Road, will make USD 125 billion investment in infrastructure and emphasizes economic, peaceful and non-imperialist motives behind project 

North Korea fires yet another ballistic missile according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, test carried out north-west of capital Pyongyang near city of Kusong 

Japanese temples and shrines lease attractive land plots to real estate prospectors in response to shrinking donations, cannot be stopped by neighbors or local governments due to Japans strong laws on ownership 

At least 40 injured as two bombs explode in and outside shopping mall in Pattani, Thailand 

Three men armed with axes storm Ahmadiyya mosque in Bangladesh and attack imam, increased Islamist violence in area noted in last several months 

China restricts usage of national anthem, March of the Volunteers must not be played in non-political situations like funerals and entertainment events 

Christian governor of Jakarta sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy after insinuating that opponents used Quran verse to manipulate voters 

Tokyo company offers sign language translations live via Skype, wants to simplify lives of people with hearing impairments and demonstrate sign language services as a business rather than welfare 

Vietnamese communist party fires Dinh La Thang from the politburo, accused of mismanagement during his time as chairman of PetroVietnam, part of larger anti-corruption campaign 

50 Afghan soldiers killed and 100 injured in Pakistani counter-attack after Afghan border forces killed 12 and injured 40 when opening fire against security personnel guarding census team, according to Pakistani Inspector General  

North Korea detains US citizen Kim Hak-song, worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology and is suspected of hostile acts against the state, described himself as a Christian missionary according to Reuters 

Sacred Japanese island Okinoshima where only men are allowed recommended to be added to UNESCO's World Heritage list, place of important shrine used for more than 1,000 years 

Tajik interior ministry fires 10 police officers who failed to lose weight, warned more than 100 employees in December as requirements of physical fitness was updated 

Abe hopes revised constitution can take effect in 2020, wants to phase out pacifism with reference to Japan's deteriorating security situation 

Number of Japanese children 14 years or younger down for 36th consecutive year, hits all time low with 170,000 decrease to 15.71 million and only 12.4% of population 

Thousands protest in Jakarta, wants Christian governor Basuki punished for blasphemy against Islam, sentence expected within days 

Korea Times publish letter where Chinese authorities are said to seek new employees for jobs related to North Korea border control, may be sign that China prepares for regime collapse which would likely trigger wave of refugees 

122-year-old cross on private property in Bombay suburb demolished by local government officers, outraged diocese will take legal action 

The Vanuatu police provide free gardening tools for young people in order to make them grow more vegetables and less marijuana 

Major ninja shortage in Japan, tourists risk being deprived of popular shows unless more young people learn the ancient martial art of ninjutsu 

Poetry among Chinese factory workers reaches new heights decades after the collapse of communist control over literature, unlikely poets part of tradition of peasant poetry 

Seven Pakistani soldiers killed, two bunkers destroyed in Indian attack at Kashmir border, response to two Indian soldiers reported killed and mutilated by Pakistani security forces 

India says two soldiers killed and mutilated by Pakistani forces after attack in disputed Kashmir region, Indian army vows appropriate response, Pakistan denies the allegations 

Sri Lanka police officers and politicians encourage Buddhist monks violently attacking Christian individuals and services according to report, persecution of Christians up in island nation as nationalism rises 

Advocacy organizations insist on release of Panchen Lama – Tibetan spiritual leader imprisoned and hidden by Chinese government for 22 years 

Jailed leader of Christian party in Pakistan denied hospital care, imprisoned for killing two men who were erroneously suspected of being Islamist terrorists 

Chinese navy ships to visit Philippines for first time in seven years in attempt to reduce tensions between countries 

Taiwanese hiker found after going missing for seven weeks in Himalayas, fellow traveller died short time before help arrived 

North Korea allows first official visit by UN human rights observer, purpose is to survey disabled people's rights 

North Korea elite question authority of Kim Jong-un, in case of his sudden death successor would likely not be member of Kim family, according to study by Rand Corporation 

Chinese region Xinjiang bans the giving of typical Muslim names to infants – Islam, Quran, Saddam and Mecca among names which disqualifies child from registration necessary for accessing health care and schools, men forbidden to grow beards 

Japan's disaster reconstruction minister resigns after remarks that "it was a good thing" that the 2011 earth quake happened in the north east of Japan instead of Tokyo 

North Korea arrests US citizen who spent month in country teaching at university, third American to be detained since 2016 

Statue of Chiang Kai-shek vandalized and decapitated in Taipei in memory of February 28 incident in 1947 which initiated uprising against Kuomintang, political group claims responsibility and says action is vengeance for beheading of other statue last week, vows to keep attacking statues of former president 

Islamists in Bangladesh demand statue of Roman goddess Justitia be removed from outside Supreme Court building ahead of Ramadan 

Crowds dispersed in Pakistan after mob assaults mentally ill man accused of blaspheming in mosque, authorities fear more riots 

Finance minister Arun Jaitley says India wants foreign defense companies to set up manufacturing in country 

Chechen leader Kadyrov promises to rid republic of gay men by end of Ramadan, concentration camps built and up to 100 captured 

Villagers in Dong Tam, Vietnam release officials who were kept hostage in conflict over land rights, authorities promise to investigate accusations of land owners being under compensated for expropriation 

Aging Japanese singles living off of parents' pensions growing problem, 4.5 million Japanese ages 35-54 lived with parents in 2016  

Three men questioned by police regarding fourth largest cash robbery in Japan's post war history, business man attacked when leaving bank after withdrawing USD 3.5 million, suspects carried large amounts of cash but do not match witnesses' descriptions 

Australia institute values test for citizenship, extends period when migrants need to live in country before applying from one to four years, sharpens language requirements 

Increased persecution of Christians reported in Australia, four attacks in Sydney against individuals with visible Christian symbols during last six months 

30 dead, unknown number missing after garbage and mud collapses on residential area outside Sri Lanka capital Colombo during new years celebration 

Men caught groping women on Tokyo's subways and trains have started running along the tracks to escape justice, causing disturbances as trains needs to be stopped as the tunnels and tracks are searched, it is also extremely dangerous and previously several men have died during their attempted escapes 

Whistle blowers reveal extrajudicial executions in Philippine war on drugs, say social cleansing reminiscent of China under Mao 

No halal certification for non-alcoholic beer or pork-free bacon in Malaysia, products with names similar to haram goods may not be certified 

Japan's minister for regional revitalization Kozo Yamamoto apologizes for calling the country's museum curators cancer that needs to be eliminated, still believes they have to change their mindset to focus on tourism rather than culture 

Whale meat increasingly rare delicacy in Japan, has gone from staple in households and schools to only being served in specialized restaurants, supermarkets hesitant to stock the product, many elderly miss the taste and are concerned that traditions are lost 

India to use software to identify disproportionate wealth among civil servants and fight corruption, will collect data from banks and tax authorities 

More than 99% of India's population live in regions where cow slaughter is forbidden, breaking these laws can lead to life in prison and USD 7,700 fines 

Student accused of blasphemy tortured to death by mob on campus in Mardan, Pakistan – hundreds of students participated in stripping the man naked and beating him until they crushed his skull 

Worst storm in 50 years hit New Zealand, thousands without electricity, two hospitalized after car accident, wind speeds reach 100 km/h, extensive flooding