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AFGHANISTAN | Obama: Congress consulted on prisoner exchange 

President Barack Obama yesterday defended his decision to release five Afghan detainees from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for freeing an American soldier, saying his administration ... Full story

FLIGHT MH370: Relatives press for new plane search plan 

Their hopes raised and dashed, relatives of passengers on a missing Malaysia Airlines plane want a new plan to find it after the search was ... Full story

KOREAS: North gives Southern missionary life sentence 

North Korea said Saturday it has sentenced a South Korean Baptist missionary to hard labor for life for allegedly spying and trying to set up ... Full story

THAILAND: Protesters come out again despite junta’s ban 

Hundreds of demonstrators shouting “Freedom!” and “Democracy!” rallied briefly yesterday near a major shopping mall in the heart of Thailand’s capital to denounce the country’s ... Full story

INDIA: Suspects confess to gang raping tree suicide girls

Three detained suspects have confessed to the gang rape and slaying of two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in northern India ... Full story

FLIGHT MH370: Jet searchers rule out area where ‘pings’ heard 

Investigators searching for the missing Malaysian jet have concluded an area where acoustic signals were detected is not the final resting place of the plane ... Full story

JAPAN: Amid Asian feuds, Tokyo seeks bigger security role 

China’s moves to assert its territorial claims in the South China Sea are giving fresh impetus to Japanese plans to play a bigger role in ... Full story

THAILAND: Junta airs videos on TV to show detainees OK

Thailand’s new military junta ordered all national TV stations to broadcast videos yesterday showing some of the prominent political figures it has detained in an ... Full story

PAKISTAN: Pregnant woman stoned to death by family 

A pregnant woman was stoned to death Tuesday by her own family outside a courthouse in the Pakistani city of Lahore for marrying the man ... Full story

SOUTH KOREA: Fire kills 21 at hospital for elderly 

A fire believed to have been set by a man with dementia suffocated 21 people and injured seven others yesterday at a South Korean hospital ... Full story

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