Critics say sending troops overseas would just increase risk. -Reuters
The two 44.5m-long craft, which are designed to carry heavy supplies, will be given to the Philippine Navy to help with humanitarian assistance and relief work. -AFP
Anti-terror raid triggered a bloodbath in which 44 police commandos were killed. -AFP
Taipei's maverick mayor Ko Wen-je, one of Taiwan's most senior and popular politicians, sparked heavy criticism Sunday after saying China should recognise the island as an independent...
Modi is widely seen as taking a more assertive line on China than the previous government. -AFP
Fire broke out on train in as it headed towards a region known for inspiring the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai"; no injuries reported. -AFP
Recently, it was discovered that underground apartments have been found built on the original location of a fishpond, dfic.cn reported. -China Daily/ANN
The hostage crisis is extremely shocking for Japan, which is officially pacifist and rarely the target of religious extremism. -AFP
N Korea accuse Washington of trying to shift the blame for the deadlock in denuclearisation talks on the North. -Reuters
Thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong for the first time since mass demonstrations shut down parts of the city for more than two months. -AFP

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