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PHILIPPINES: Air force to get 1st new fighter jets next year

The Philippine president said yesterday his country’s ill-equipped military will receive its first new fighter jets in nearly a decade next year to help defend ... Full story

MALAYSIA: Foreign Minister vows stern action on NZ assault suspect

Malaysia said yesterday it will take stern action against a junior military official if he is found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman in New Zealand where ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Japan to host Asia’s second Legoland

Lego, the maker of colourful toy bricks beloved of generations of western children, will expand its footprint in the home of manga and Hello Kitty ... Full story

N Korea wants cancellation of S Korea-US drills

North Korea demanded yesterday that rival South Korea cancel annual military drills with the U.S. this summer to promote reconciliation ahead of the Asian Games, ... Full story

PHILIPPINES: Court gives not guilty plea for senator

A Philippine anti-graft court entered a not guilty plea yesterday for the second of three prominent senators arraigned in the country's biggest corruption trial in ... Full story

S KOREA: Owner of sunken ferry blamed for five earlier crashes

In the same narrow waterways where more than 300 people died this spring aboard the ferry Sewol, another ship owned by the same company crashed ... Full story

CATHOLIC SCHOOL LOSES CASE IN COURT: New Zealand student wins right to keep hair long

A judge ruled last week that a New Zealand schoolboy need not cut his hair before returning to class and that his Catholic high school ... Full story

TAIWAN: JJ Lin, Penny Tai claim top Golden Melody honors

Singaporean singer-songwriter JJ Lin and Malaysia’s Penny Tai have been crowned best Mandarin singers at the Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammys.Lin won ... Full story

India 2 arrested, 22 dead in building collapse

Police in southern India detained two construction company directors yesterday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a ... Full story

INDIAN OCEAN: Search for missing Malaysian plane shifts south

Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident it was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the ... Full story

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