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Olympics should lead to nuke talks: Seoul
South Korea says more efforts should be made to ensure the Winter Olympics lead to talks between North Korea and the US over the North's weapons programs.


Rohingya return to Myanmar delayed
The repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar, which was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, has been postponed, a Bangladesh official says.


Philippines volcano releases big ash cloud
The Philippines' Mount Mayon volcano has released a huge cloud of ash and grey smoke.


Vietnam jails ex-oil executive for life
A Vietnamese oil executive has been sentenced to life in prison for economic crimes and corruption after allegedly being kidnapped in Berlin.


27 die of diarrhoea in Indonesia's Papua
At least 27 people have died of diarrhoea and malnutrition in Indonesia's province of Papua.


Bomb in market in Thailand's south kills 3
Three people have been killed in a bombing at a market in Thailand's south.


Up to 14 foreigners dead in Kabul attack
At least 14 foreigners, among them Ukrainians and Venezuelans, have been killed in a militant attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.


12-hour Kabul hotel siege ends, five dead
A siege at Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel has ended with the last surviving attacker killed by special forces.


Indian firework factory blast kills 17
A fire in a fireworks factory on the northern outskirts of New Delhi has left at least 17 workers dead.


Girl band leader crosses into Sth Korea
North Korean singer Hyon Song Wol has arrived in South Korea to prepare for her art troupe's performances at next month's Winter Olympics.


Thai wildlife trafficking kingpin arrested
Police in Thailand say they have arrested one of the world's most notorious wildlife traffickers.


NKorea plans military parade before Games
There are concerns that North Korea is planning to hold a military parade on the eve of the Winter Olympics.


Filipinos may face Kuwait work ban
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he may consider a ban on Filipinos being sent to work in Kuwait because of abuses suffered by domestic workers.


Sri Lanka bans selling women grog, again
Sri Lanka has scrapped plans to allow women to buy alcohol, despite pressure from activists and tourism operators.


Bus fire in Kazakhstan kills 52
Fifty-two people have been killed after a bus they were travelling in caught fire in Kazakhstan's north-western Aktau region.


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