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  1. US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

    US envoy assailant at war with 'foreign powers'

    Seoul (AFP) - The man who staged a shock attack on the US ambassador to South Korea is a convicted, maverick political activist whose blog writings display a profound anger towards "foreign powers" like the US and Japan.

  2. Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

    Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

    Cilacap (Indonesia) (AFP) - Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".

  3. Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

    Day of mourning to mark east Ukraine mine disaster

    Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday observed a day of mourning after 32 miners perished in a blast in a notoriously dangerous mine just a few kilometres from the frontline, where Kiev is reporting an increase in attacks by pro-Russian separatists.

  4. Thai junta chief rejects proposal to bar coup leaders from office

    Bangkok (AFP) - Thailand's junta chief spoke out Thursday against a proposal from one of his own military-appointed panels that he and other key coup figures should be temporarily banned from politics once civilian rule is returned.

  5. China extends military splurge with 10.1% budget increase

    China extends military splurge with 10.1% budget increase

    Beijing (AFP) - China unveiled a fresh double-digit spending boost for its military -- the world's largest -- on Thursday with a 10.1 percent increase in 2015, as it pursues a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours.

  6. US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    Seoul (AFP) - The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media.

  7. State asks 10 years for German cannibalism website 'murder'

    State asks 10 years for German cannibalism website 'murder'

    Berlin (AFP) - German prosecutors on Wednesday sought 10 and a half years' jail for a former police officer accused of killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

  8. N. Korea says attack on US envoy in Seoul "just punishment'

    N. Korea says attack on US envoy in Seoul "just punishment'

    Seoul (AFP) - North Korea on Thursday described the knife attack on US Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul as "just punishment" for the US decision to push ahead with joint military exercises with South Korea.

  9. Chan, Sukumaran housed in new cells

    Chan, Sukumaran housed in new cells

    A human rights activist visiting another prisoner on Nusakambangan says Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are housed in cells next to each other.

  10. Singapore blogger fined for contempt of court

    Singapore blogger fined for contempt of court

    Singapore (AFP) - Singapore's High Court on Thursday fined a prominent dissident blogger Sg$8,000 ($5,800) for "scandalising" the city-state's judiciary in an online commentary.

  11. Pension gender gap shrinking, but remains

    Women are still significantly disadvantaged in the pension stakes but new research indicates the gap with men is shrinking.

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