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Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan sign an agreement on use of the Caspian Sea, "Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea" governs resource exploitation and presence of foreign militaries, designates special legal status neither lake nor sea with surface water shared by all, "seabed" and its minerals divided up amongst the five powers

New rules allow for rainbow trout to be sold under the name of salmon in China, Chinese government authorities chose to legitimize a market-driven practice after it was revealed by state media earlier this year

Chinese Communist Party argues its police procedures against Muslim Uighurs has prevented "China's Syria", the official editorial in Global Times defends mass incarceration of suspected militants in internment camps, claims Western policy of support for recent rebellions "has destroyed numerous countries and regions"

Australian government strips five dual nationals of citizenship after investigating ISIS ties, first such incident was Khaled Sharrouf who posted picture of 7yo son with severed head on social media, the three men and two women in their 20s and 30s had flown to Syria and Iraq to support Islamic State

Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha are accused by Japanese government of improper emissions testing, the vehicles involved were designated for sale in Japan, executives apologized but no recalls are planned

30 hours of interview recordings with the crew of the atomic bomber Enola Gay long thought lost have been recovered and donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, along with typed manuscripts the tapes provide an inside account of the mission that left an estimated 100,000 dead from the blast and fallout of the first nuclear bomb used in warfare on a city

Taliban suicide bomber kills 3 Czech soldiers on patrol with NATO in Afghanistan, the nation is embroiled in the most dangerous turmoil since 2014 as 16,000 NATO troops remain in the country "for training and counter-terrorism operations"

Chinese artist and dissident social critic Ai Weiwei's studio demolished "without warning" after rental agreement elapsed one year earlier, the artist had emigrated to Berlin in 2015 and claims he was unable to remove a large number of remaining works promptly, he is known for designing Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Olympic Stadium in 2008 but has since been arrested and had his passport confiscated for social commentary

At least 82 people were killed by falling rubble and other dangers in the wake of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on Indonesian island of Lombok, the tremblor was part of a series of recent seismic disturbances and threw islanders and resort-goers into a panic about the risk of a tsunami

The Chinese government is building four more Type-055 guided-missile destroyers as escorts for its aircraft carrier fleet after already building four of the 12,000 ton displacement craft, the ships feature advanced anti-aircraft and anti-submarine combat capabilities but are still considered second in power to US Zumwalt-class destroyers, the ships represent a threat to South Korean and Japanese peers as China prepares a more robust naval presence in the Pacific Ocean

At least 115 injured in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka after police allegedly fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesting students, police spokesman denies all allegations, protests concerning road safety after two teenagers were killed by speeding bus

India effectively strips four million mainly Muslim people of citizenship in northeastern state of Assam by excluding them from National Register of Citizens for not being able to prove they were in the state before 1971, Home Minister Rajnath Singh says no need to panic as "no coercive action will be taken against anyone"

Chinese Jiangxi Provincial Government seizes and publicly destroys 5,000 coffins, province only allows "more eco-friendly" cremation, at least one illegally buried body exhumed

Hundreds of Indonesian villagers storm crocodile farm and kill all 292 protected saltwater and New Guinea crocodile as revenge for crocodiles killing local man who gathered vegetables on their breeding sanctuary

15 people sentenced to public caning for violating Sharia law in Indonesia's Aceh province – two men sentenced to 87 lashes each for gay sex, nine people sentenced for adultery and four people for being drunk

Sri Lanka resumes executions of drug dealers after commuting death sentences to life in prison since 1976, President Maithripala Sirisena says he is "ready to sign the death warrants" and officials promise to "replicate the success" of the Philippines drug war

All twelve boys including coach saved after two weeks trapped in Thai cave, elite team of Thai Navy SEALs and foreign rescue divers brought out final four boys and soccer coach, divers and support team of 100 took nine hours in this second rescue phase

Prince Norodom Ranariddh of Cambodia injured in car accident, his wife Ouk Phalla dead

Pakistan Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah killed in US drone attack in Afghanistan's northeast Kunar province, according to Afghan defence ministry

Indian veteran journalist and editor Shujaat Bukhari and one of his personal security officers shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside newspaper Rising Kashmir's office in state capital Srinagar, policeman and civilian also critically injured

Saudi Arabia and Softbank to invest USD 60-100 billion in solar energy project in India, already cooperating in Saudia Arabia

Man in Zhaoqing sentenced to six months in prison after stepping on Chinese flag during opening of his new martial arts center, third case in last six months when Chinese citizens are jailed for insulting the flag

Australian Wildlife Conservancy finishes 44-kilometre long electrified fence to create 9,400 hectares predator-free area 350 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs to save native wildlife and vegetation, project to be extended in 2020 to cover 100,000 hectares – western quoll, numbat, bilby and central rock-rat among species to be reintroduced in area

Mob of over 600 Muslim men destroys historic Ahmadiyya mosque in Sialkot, Pakistan – Pakistan declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in 1974 and the community is often targeted by Sunni militants who consider them heretics

Malaysian police raid apartments owned by former PM Najib Razak’s family as part of investigation into state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, seize luxury bags, cash and jewellery

Japanese commuter train departs 25 seconds early due to mistake by train conductor, operator apologises for inconvenience

School in eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou installs cameras to monitor facial expressions in classroom in order to help teachers identify which students are concentrating, unnamed student says he believes everyone’s concentration has improved

Chinese tourists cause anger in Vietnam as they arrive in Cam Ranh dressed in t-shirts with illustration of South China Sea territorial claims, forced to take off offending shirts before being allowed to leave airport

Several police officers and civilians wounded by yet another suicide bomb in Indonesian city of Surabaya, suicide bombers rode two motorbikes up to checkpoint outside police station

Cambodian school director arrested for insulting King Norodom Sihamoni by suggesting monarch was behind decision to disband main opposition party, first person to face charges after law was passed in February

Suicide bombings in Indonesian Surabaya with at least 13 dead and 40 injured carried out by family where sons 18 and 16 years old rode motorcycles into church, mother and daughters 12 and 9 years old forced way inside other church with bombs strapped to waists and father drove bomb-laden car into third church facade, IS-affiliated family recently returned from Syria

North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site according to state news agency KCNA, tunnels will be collapsed with explosions during ceremony which journalists across world will be invited to cover, to take place between May 23 and 25 depending on weather

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet on June 12th in Singapore, will be special moment for world peace according to Trump

Rockhampton Regional Council in Queensland covers up Taiwanese flag on bull statue in order for it to reflect Australian government's one-China policy, statue had been painted by school students for event hosted by country's beef industry which has China as one of largest export markets

Nikol Pashinyan new Armenian Prime Minister after winning vote in parliament, lost similar vote last week

At least 23 killed in two unrelated methane gas explosions in coal mines outside Quetta in Pakistani Baluchistan province

At least 95 dead in fierce dust storms that hit northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, many of dead were sleeping when their houses collapsed

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi commends North Korea's goal of denuclearization during rare visit to Pyongyang, announces together with North Korean colleague Ri Yong-ho that relations between countries will be moved to new high stage, observes moment of silence for Chinese soldiers killed during Korean War

Moon Jae-in wants US troops to stay in South Korea even if peace treaty is concluded, North Korea has previously demanded that 28,500 American soldiers should leave peninsula as condition for giving up its nuclear and missile programs

Armenia's parliament votes 55-45 to block opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan from becoming prime minister, constitution stipulates that parliament convene next week for another vote

Xi Jinping decides all religious affairs in China will be supervised by party office despite years of negotiations with Vatican about exception

Taj Mahal and 94 other historic sites could be leased out to private entities under condition that proceeds go into improvements of monuments

Thousands of civilians have fled renewed fighting between rebels and army in Kachin state in northern Myanmar, mainly Christian separatists have fought for greater autonomy since 1961

China conducts several military drills close to Taiwan to send message to pro-independence forces, hostility toward island state has grown since 2016 election of president Tsai Ing-wen from Democratic Progressive Party

Australian nun Patricia Fox deported from Philippines after living in country for 27 years, accused of participating in political rallies, was detained last week after order from president Duterte

Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigns after several days of large protests, opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan released from detention

South Korea stops broadcasting propaganda and K-pop music via loudspeakers along North Korean border ahead of meeting between Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un, not clear whether Pyongyang will do the same

Indian police kill at least 14 Maoist rebels during raid on hideout in state of Maharashtra, insurgents have been active for four decades and have been designated biggest internal security threat by government

At least 57 killed and many wounded in Afghan capital Kabul as IS terrorist suicide bomber attacks voter registration centre

World's second oldest banyan tree in Telangana, India gets insecticide injections similar to intravenous drip after suffering termite invasion, 700-year-old tree called Pillalamarri responds well to treatment

India introduces death penalty for those convicted of raping child under age of twelve, executive order cleared at special cabinet meeting after weeks of protests over gang rape and murder of eight-year-old nomadic girl Asifa Bano

World's oldest person, Japanese woman Nabi Tajima dies at age 117, 116-year-old Chiyo Yoshida who is also from Japan now oldest human on record

North and South Korea establish direct phone line between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in ahead of summit, civil servants successfully complete test call lasting 4 minutes and 17 seconds

Serious risk of nuclear accident in North Korea according to report from Russian professor of physics and chemistry, reactor model developed in country similar to Soviet-era RBMK-1000 used in Chernobyl 1986, political pressure could lead to lower safety standards to accelerate construction

Chief minister of Tripura claims internet was invented in India thousands of years ago, references depiction of battle of Kurukshetra in Hindu epic Mahabharata which supposedly also gives proof of ancient satellite technology, becomes target of ridicule on social media

China and Nepal agree on multi-year plan to develop economic corridor over Himalayas after foreign minister summit, increasingly close ties between Beijing and Kathmandu

CIA chief and secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo has met Kim Jong-un to lay groundwork for upcoming meeting with Donald Trump, say sources to Washington Post

World Surf League cancels last two days of surfing tournament Margaret River Pro in Western Australia after two separate shark attacks, presence of aggressive sharks in area possibly due to beached whales

Two Christians killed and six others injured in Pakistani Quetta as unknown gunmen opened fire on group that had left local church, earlier this month four members of Christian family were killed in same city in what police officials call targeted attack

Singapore to set up surveillance cameras linked to facial recognition software on 100,000 lampposts, says project part of broader "Smart Nation" plan to use cutting-edge technology to improve people’s lives and has pledged to be sensitive to privacy

Chinese man at pop concert with 60,000 goers identified by facial recognition technology and arrested suspected of economic crimes, country has 170 million CCTV cameras and some 400 million new ones are expected to be installed in next three years

Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif permanently banned from running for office in Supreme Court decision, has previously handed leadership of PML-N party to his brother Shahbaz after previous court ruling, denies corruption allegations

Child born in China four years after biological parents die in car accident, grandparents transported frozen embryos to Laos where surrogacy is allowed, birth mother travelled to China on tourist visa to give birth

Duterte orders mining companies to plant trees, considers banning all open pit mining for environmental reasons

More than 100 people dead this month after drinking toxic bootleg liquor in Indonesia, country's high taxes and limited legal alcohol sales fuels thriving bootleg business

Japan gets its first Marine Corps soldiers since WWII as it activates 2,100 soldier amphibious brigade that primarily shall defend islands in East China Sea, increasingly difficult security situation in county's surroundings has made defense of these islands critical issue according to vice defense minister Tomohiro Yamamoto

South Korea's former president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years in prison for corruption-related crimes and fined equivalent of USD 17 million

Six Vietnamese activists sentenced to between 7 and 15 years in prison accused of trying to overthrow communist government, at least 97 political prisoners are currently serving jail sentences across country according to Amnesty International

China regime seems to have banned sales of bibles which are now impossible to find online as well as in book stores

Philippines closes Boracay to tourists for six months beginning on 26 April, President Duterte has previously accused tourism industry of turning island into cesspool

At least 20 killed in clashes in Kashmir, many of them civilians trying to prevent Indian army from carrying out operations against suspected militants

Japan might have conducted sterilizations through radioactivity despite it being illegal, made legal through an exception signed in 1949 by head of health ministry, raises question if potentially lethal experiments have been conducted on mentally handicapped persons forcefully enrolled in program

Japanese whaling vessels return after this year's expedition, have captured 333 minke whales in Antarctic Ocean, no protests from anti-whaling groups reported

Schedule for coronation of next emperor of Japan now finalized, will take place in ceremony on May 1 2019 where imperial regalia will be handed over to new emperor to solidify his legitimacy, will only be attended by male members of imperial family, in November same year most important ceremony will be held when new emperor will eat rice from that year's harvest

Catholic bishop Guo Xijin detained by Chinese authorities after declining to officiate mass together with government-appointed colleague not recognised by Vatican, negotiations between China and Holy See concerning resumption of diplomatic relations ongoing

China confirms Kim Jong-un has visited country, subject of speculation due to unusual sightings in Beijing, first foreign visit for North Korean leader since coming to power

Kim Jong-un on secret visit to China according to multiple reports, would be his first known trip abroad since taking power in 2011, visit intended to improve ties between Beijing and Pyongyang

At least 64 dead, many of whom children, as fire sweeps through shopping center in city of Kemerovo in central Russia, fire started in upper floors that included cinema and children's play area

Dalai Lama cancels public engagements abroad during rest of year, spokesperson says Tibetan leader is exhausted after teaching for long period of time

Pakistani court acquits 20 people suspected of involvement in lynching and burning alive of Christian couple accused of blasphemy in 2014, five people sentenced to death and ten jailed for the crime in November 2016, couple accused of desecrating the Quran

Hikmawan Saefullah: Increasing authoritarianism and religious conservatism in Indonesian punk scene result of state weakening left-wing ideologies through repression, punk artists denounces democracy with reference to it being incompatible with Islam

New Zealand eradicates 200,000 mice from uninhabited Antipodes Islands as animals have threatened species of insects and sea birds, rodents arrived on shipwrecks and sealing ships in 1800s

At least 32 dead and dozens injured in suicide attack outside Shiite mosque in Kabul where Persian new year Nowruz was celebrated

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns, military appointee vice president Myint Swe thought to become interim successor on post which has become increasingly ceremonial since Aung San Suu Kyi became de facto leader of country

China's President Xi Jinping delivers nationalistic closing speech to parliament, issues strong warning to separatists in Taiwan and Hong Kong and says any attempt to divide country is doomed to fail, also points at Chinese global ambitions

Increased production of halal products in China leads to debate and online protests, many Chinese see normalization of halal food as threat, media warns against islamic rituals penetrating into secular life

At least 9 killed and 35 injured in suicide attack on police check post in Pakistani town of Raiwind on outskirts of Lahore, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claims to have carried out bombing

Japan PM Shinzo Abe denies involvement in property deal where school company with ties to his wife, Akie Abe, bought government land to price far below market value

Hong Kong government-owned incubator Cyberport get 6 million USD earmark to build venue for video game tournaments, bureaucrats worried about neighboring countries having stronger brands in e-sports

Setback for Hong Kong democracy movement as parliamentary seats of dismissed democrats filled by Beijing loyalists, leads to democracy activists losing veto power over legislation

At least 48 dead as Bombardier Q400 of US-Bangla Airlines with 80 aboard crashes during landing in Kathmandu

Wild boars growing problem in Japanese countryside, decreasing population and interest in getting gun licenses among causes, on Kakara island boars are three times as numerous as 100 human inhabitants, the latter avoid taking walks and do not let children play outside, about 50 animals caught per year which is insufficient to stop growth

Chinese parliament votes to abolish presidential term limit clearing way for Xi Jinping to be dictator for life, 2,958 members voted in favor of proposition, 2 voted against and 3 abstained

New medicine-resistant version of HIV discovered in Philippines where number of infected by virus is up tenfold since 2006, more research on subtype AE called for, current medicines adapted to subtype B which is most common in Europe

Shenzen introduces priority spaces for women on all subway lines, reserves first and last car for purpose and marks them with pink signs at platforms

Two doctors in Uttar Pradesh suspended as severed leg was used as headrest for patient who had limb amputated after bus accident, patient's relatives bought proper pillow at local market

Plans for Muslim prayer room near Shinto Ise Jingu shrine in Japan scrapped after complaints from public, city to explore possibility of setting up prayer space at privately run facility instead

Sri Lanka's government imposes nation-wide state of emergency to counter communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims, riots and arson attacks as unrest spreads throughout country

China to develop technologies to build nuclear-powered aircraft carrier according to state-backed Global Times, part of plan to turn country's military into world-class fighting force by 2050, first home-built aircraft carrier which was launched in 2017 expected to enter service in 2020

Kim Jong-un and Kim Jong-il used Brazilian passports with names Josef Pwag and Ijong Tchoi for visa applications to Western countries during 1990s according to sources in European intelligence agencies