Paris (AFP) - India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea test-fired 25 rockets into the sea on Sunday, South Korea's defence ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.
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Officials say the last words from the cockpit of a missing Malaysian airliner gave no hint of anything wrong even though key equipment wasn't operating.
Bangkok (AFP) - A firebrand hardliner who was a core leader of Thailand's Red Shirts in the country's massive 2010 protests has been chosen to head the pro-government movement, saying Sunday that a "big fight" lay ahead.
Phnom Penh (AFP) - Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh announced his return to politics Sunday amid speculation that he is being brought back by strongman leader Hun Sen to bolster support for his government.
Tokyo (AFP) - The ageing parents of a Japanese woman who was kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl and allegedly died there have met her daughter for the first time, Japan's foreign ministry said Sunday.
Kabul (AFP) - Former defence minister Abdul Rahim Wardak withdrew from the Afghan presidential election on Sunday in the latest sign of deal-making in the race to lead the country as NATO troops prepare to exit.
Chittagong (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Nepal marked their arrival on the international cricket stage with a massive 80-run win over fellow newcomers Hong Kong in a preliminary group match at the World Twenty20 Sunday.
Beijing (AFP) - China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said Sunday.
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