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Bangladesh hangs two top opposition leaders for war crimes

Bangladesh on Sunday executed two top opposition leaders simultaneously for war crimes during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan, triggering sporadic violence by their supporters including attacks on media.

Cambodian on trial for infecting more than 100 with HIV

Defense lawyer En Sovann says Yem Chhrin faces up to life in prison if found guilty of murder, intentionally spreading HIV — the virus that causes AIDS — and practicing medicine without a license.

S Koreans travel to North Korea to reunite with war-divided kin

The reunions, the first since February of last year, are a bitter reminder that the Korean Peninsula is still in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 fighting ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

Won’t use force ‘recklessly’ in South China Sea: China

"China has always advocated handling disputes by peaceful manners and will not use force recklessly even if it comes to issues related to territory and sovereignty," state run Xinhua news agency quoting Fan.

Sailing in South China Sea not provocative, says US

China has overlapping claims with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei in the South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Chinese military reaches out amid South China Sea tensions

"China wants to use these sorts of forums to promote China's views, explain China's policies and improve China's security image," said regional security expert Li Mingjiang of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University.

Taliban promised protection but later killed those who stood in their way in Kunduz: residents

In announcing their capture of the city on Sept. 28, the Taliban vowed to protect civilians and property, presenting themselves as liberators. But residents say the insurgents immediately went on a rampage, looting shops and killing those who stood in their way.

Philippines backs US plan to sail ship near Chinese island on South China Sea

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said the reported U.S. plan to send a ship within 22 kilometers (14 miles) of the artificial island in the Spratly Islands "would be consistent with international law and a rules-based order for the region."

China: Blast rocks Tianjin port city two months after fatal explosions

The blast hit a warehouse for alcohol materials in the city Monday night and started a fire, but no casualties were reported, local police said.

Afghanistan: Taliban withdraw from Kunduz, says retreating to avoid civilian casualties

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in an email to media on Tuesday that the fighters are retreating to avoid further civilian casualties.

Blast rocks Tianjin port city again, two months after fatal explosion

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday that a blast hit a warehouse for alcohol materials in the city Monday night and started a fire.

China starts operating lighthouses on South China Sea reef

The Spratlys, mostly barren islands, reefs and atolls that are believed to be atop oil and natural gas deposits, straddle one of the world's busiest sea lanes. They are also claimed by Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei.