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A Nepalese government delegation will fly to Everest base camp on Thursday to negotiate with sherpas as another international company pulls out.
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US President Barack Obama has been hosted at a tiny Tokyo sushi bar, with just 24 seats and located in a scruffy basement in an ageing commercial building.
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Hong Kong and the Philippines say they have resolved a row over a deadly hostage crisis, allowing soured diplomatic relations to return to normal.
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Justin Bieber has apologised to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine.
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US President Barack Obama has landed in Tokyo aiming to reinvigorate his policy of "rebalancing" US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.
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The Thai navy has rejected pleas to drop charges against an Australian journalist facing jail over a report alleging navy involvement in human trafficking.
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Heavily-armed pirates have kidnapped three Indonesian crew of a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca.
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One of India’s biggest success stories, Bollywood, is being used to tackle one of its biggest failings, illiteracy.
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China, rivals sign naval pact

China and a dozen other countries, including the US and Japan, have signed a maritime pact that is hoped will ease maritime tensions.
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A report says 60 per cent of China's underground water is too polluted to drink without being treated.
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Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has conveyed goodwill towards Indonesia in her first visit to Jakarta.
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A Vietnamese court has sentenced an American man to death after he was stopped at the airport with a kilo of heroin hidden in his underwear.
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Ford is hoping the Mustang's 50-year reputation for being a cool car will appeal to Chinese consumers.
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President Barack Obama says islands disputed by China fall within the scope of the US' defence alliance with Japan.
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Nepal officials deny sherpa exodus

Nepalese officials are denying that sherpa guides on Mount Everest are abandoning this year's climbing season after a deadly avalanche.

The Asian touches on Anzac Day

Australians and locals will attend Anzac Day dawn services across Asia as well as retracing steps of former prisoners of war.
The grim search for the bodies of students killed in the South Korean ferry disaster has entered a second week, with 152 still unaccounted for.
A NZ company has cancelled its Mount Everest expedition this season after three of its Sherpas were killed in an avalanche.
Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, Santoso, has urged followers to kill counter-terror police and show no mercy.
The US is closely watching North Korea after the South Korean defence ministry cited increased activity at the country's main nuclear test site.

Morrison dismisses UN concerns

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims from the UN that the Abbott government's boat turn-back policy is breaching the refugee convention.
Victims of last year's Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh have each been given payments of about $A690 from a compensation fund.

Asia-Pacific navies sign agreement

Navy officials from the US and Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement to improve communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict.
Acts of bravery have emerged from the pilloried crew of the South Korean ferry that sank.
Nepalese guides on Everest say they are abandoning this year's climbing season to honour colleagues killed in an avalanche.
Nepalese guides on Everest say they are abandoning this year's climbing season to honour colleagues killed in an avalanche.
Ahead of a visit to Tokyo by President Barack Obama, Japanese and US negotiators have failed to reach a basic agreement on a free trade pact.
Hardly anyone in Japan eats whale meat anymore but 60 per cent of Japanese said in a recent poll they support Japan's whaling program.
Flogging, the severing of limbs and death by stoning will be part of harsh Islamic punishments, soon to be introduced in Brunei.

NKorea may be close to nuclear test

South Korea says it has detected activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, prompting speculation it will carry out a fourth nuclear test.
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