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Flood death toll in Jakarta rises to 14

The death toll from floods in Indonesia's capital has climbed to 14 after searchers pulled three more bodies from the waters.

Another monk kills himself in Tibet

Another monk has committed self-immolation in Tibet, the Tibetan government-in-exile said in Dharamsala today.

Gunmen attack plane in Indonesia; journalist dead

Indonesian police are searching for gunmen who sprayed a small commercial plane with bullets as it landed in the restive province of Papua. One passenger was killed.

6.1-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

A 6.1-magnitude undersea earthquake today struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku islands, meteorologists said, but there was no tsunami warning or reports of damage.

Maid kills Singaporean widow after being called stupid

A teenage Indonesian maid is facing a long jail term after pleading guilty to hitting and strangling an 87-year-old Singaporean widow who called her stupid, a report said Thursday.

Krishna, Khar meet on positive note in Maldives

India and Pakistan today acknowledged that the trust deficit between them was "shrinking" and termed terrorism as a threat to both countries. The common acknowledgement came as external affairs minister S M Krishna met his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar, a day before the meeting of the prime ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the Saarc summit.

With an eye on 2014, India steps up Afghan role

India plans to train Afghan army combat units at top counter-insurgency schools, officials say, deepening its commitment to Afghanistan as Western forces prepare to withdraw, a move that will fan Pakistani fears of encirclement.

Iran backs Arab uprisings unless pro-US: Khamenei

Iran backs all Muslim uprisings except those stirred up by Washington, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday, a stance that explains Tehran's lack of support for anti-government protesters in ally Syria.

Strong earthquake jolts northwest Japan: NHK

A strong and shallow earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 hit northwest Japan today but there was no tsunami warning, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Taiwan gets first female presidential candidate

Taiwan's main opposition party said today it will nominate ex-vice premier Tsai Ing-wen for next year's presidential election, the first woman in Taiwan's history to run for the post.

Thai-Cambodia fighting flares again as talks collapse

Thai and Cambodian troops clashed with heavy artillery for a sixth day on Wednesday near two disputed 12th-century Hindu temples, the Cambodian defence ministry said following a night of shelling that killed a Thai villager.

Taliban threatens those who let off Davis

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has condemned the release of CIA contractor Raymond Davis under a "blood money" deal with relatives of two men he killed and threatened to target all those who aided the US in securing his acquittal in court.

ISI playing with fire, says Pakistani daily

The military establishment and the ISI have been playing with fire that has "spread and arrived at their own doorstep", said a Pakistani daily Thursday, a day after a terror attack at a funeral near Peshawar left 36 people dead.

New US envoy visits Pakistan amid tensions

Pakistani state media reports say the new US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan is in Islamabad for his first meetings since taking the position previously held by the late Richard Holbrooke.

China 'hacked' into secret S Korea military files

Chinese computer hackers last June gained access to secret South Korean military files on a planned spy plane purchase from the United States, a Seoul lawmaker says.
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