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Sep 14, 2014

About 100 rescued from sunken Philippine ferry

Rescuers saved about 100 people Saturday night and recovered two bodies from a ferry that sank in rough seas after encountering steering trouble in the central Philippines, officials said Sunday. Coast guard Capt. Joseph Coyme said search and rescue efforts by air and sea ...

Pakistan seizes militants linked to attack on Malala

Sep 13, 2014

Pakistan seizes militants linked to attack on Malala

Pakistan’s army said Friday that it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who won world acclaim after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating gender equality and education for women. ...

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

Sep 12, 2014

India's Srinagar submerged as floods 'take out' city

The main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir has “drowned completely” under floodwaters, a senior official said Friday, with the deadly inundation now affecting about 2 million people in neighboring Pakistan and threatening its all-important cotton industry. The floods began in Kashmir after heavy monsoon rains ...

Sep 12, 2014

China says fighters returned from Iraq, Syria pose threat

China and its Central Asian neighbors face increased terrorism threats as their citizens return home after fighting in Iraq and Syria, the head of a regional anti-terrorism organization said Thursday. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Regional Anti-Terrorism Agency is assisting authorities in those countries in ...

Sep 12, 2014

South Korea to hike cigarette price by 80%

South Korea on Thursday proposed a steep 80 percent hike in cigarette prices to cut consumption in a nation with one of the world’s highest male smoking rates. The decision requires parliamentary approval, but Health Minister Moon Hyung-pyo said it was necessary to counter ...

Sep 12, 2014

West Australia scraps divisive shark cull policy

The government of Western Australia on Friday said it would abandon its controversial catch-and-kill shark policy after objections from the state’s environmental agency, in a move welcomed by conservationists. Premier Colin Barnett ruled out further use of drum lines to hook sharks off the ...

Sep 12, 2014

UNICEF: 46 percent of South Asian girls marry by age 18

Nearly half of girls in South Asia marry before their 18th birthday as children in the region continue paying the price of persistent inequality, according to a UNICEF report released Thursday. The report said child marriage is pervasive in the region even though most ...