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Indonesian woman climbs 15m wall in under seven seconds

Indonesian climber Aries Susanti Rahayu climbed this wall at just under 5mph. Reported by BBC News

King of Thailand Dismisses Royal Consort Accused of Disloyalty

The Thai king stripped his royal consort of her title months after awarding it because she sought to supplant the queen, a palace statement said. Reported by NYTimes

Bangladesh MP 'hired eight proxies to sit exams'

Tamanna Nusrat is expelled from Bangladesh's Open University after an alleged exam-sitter is caught. Reported by BBC News

Gov't funding for imperial ceremonies sparks rare dissent

When it comes to Japan's royal family, anti-monarchy sentiment is almost non-existent. But government funding for two highly symbolic imperial rituals this year has sparked rare dissent. On… Reported by Japan Today

Researchers find wreckage of two Japanese ships sunk during World War Two

Both ships were sunk during the Battle of Midway, fought between Japan and the US in 1942. Reported by BBC News

At least 10 refugees remain in PNG despite Medevac approval

Up to 10 men in a Papua New Guinea detention camp are still waiting to be sent to Australia under medical transfer laws, senators have been told. Reported by SBS

Thai king strips consort of titles for disloyalty

The King of Thailand strips his famous royal consort of her titles for disloyalty. Reported by BBC News

Australian Media Redact Their Front Pages to Protest Secrecy Laws

Print, online and on-air news outlets joined together in a concerted campaign to pressure the Australian government to soften its restrictive secrecy laws. Reported by NYTimes

Handful of golfers tee off in Mt Everest tournament in bad weather

A high-altitude golf tournament in the shadow of Nepal's Mount Everest had to be called off over the weekend as most of the players could not fly in due to heavy cloud cover, its organiser said on Monday, though a few golfers managed a quick game. Reported by Reuters India

Discovering Mumbai’s Art Deco Treasures

The city has the world’s second-largest collection of the buildings, second only to Miami. But even as they gain attention, they are threatened. Reported by NYTimes

U.S. Is Quietly Reducing Its Troop Force in Afghanistan

The reduction, which officials say could gradually drop the number of troops by several thousand, is happening even without any deal with the Taliban. Reported by NYTimes

1 dead, 2 injured after 85-year-old driver crashes into bench

One person was killed and two others injured after an 85-year-old driver crashed his car into a bench in Tatebayashi City, Gunma Prefecture, on Sunday. Police said the… Reported by Japan Today

'I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam'

Indian police have shut two call centres and arrest seven people suspected of involvement in the scam. Reported by BBC News

India and Pakistan blame each other over Kashmir shelling

The nuclear-armed rivals exchanged fire across the de facto border, a fresh escalation of tensions. Reported by BBC News

Six months on from the deadly Sri Lanka bombings, this Australian survivor is giving back

A twist of fate meant Haneke Manoharan survived the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka earlier this year without any physical scars. Now, she has set up a charity to help those who weren't as fortunate. "I was one of the lucky ones", she tells SBS News. Reported by SBS

Bad weather may force changes to emperor's enthronement ceremony

For Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony Tuesday, changes may need to be made to the positioning of both ceremonial officials and items in the event of inclement weather, according… Reported by Japan Today

Former Philippines police chief faces drug charges

General Oscar Albayalde faces allegations he protected officers who resold confiscated drugs. Reported by BBC News

Australian newspapers black out front pages in 'secrecy' protest

The nation's biggest media rivals unite to protest against what they say is government secrecy. Reported by BBC News

Malaysia is the latest country boycotting Abominable movie over controversial map

The controversy centres on a scene in the film that shows China's disputed claims in the South China Sea. Reported by SBS

Playing the bagpipes to honour teachings of Hindu guru

For Darshil, playing the bagpipes is the perfect way to honour the teachings of his Hindu guru. Reported by BBC News

My security software was a scam that cost me £4,000

Doug Varey was offered security software which turned out to be a frightening and costly scam. Reported by BBC News

Environmentally friendly straws catching on in Japan, but some hesitate

For some, an ocean full of plastic is the last straw. That's why a growing number of environmentally conscious restaurants in Japan are doing away with single-use plastic… Reported by Japan Today

Sri Lanka bombings: Forgiving and fighting to recover

Six months after one of the world's worst recent terror attacks, this town is fighting to recover. Reported by BBC News

Typhoon death toll rises to 80

The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis that triggered massive flooding in Japan rose to 80 on Sunday as search operations continued. Ten people remained missing, according to a… Reported by Japan Today

Mongrel Mob chapter hits back at police claims the gang does no good

A Waikato gang leader says his gang really is trying to transform people's lives, despite Police Association claims that its new image is just "a recruiting tool".Waikato Mongrel Mob Kingdom chapter president Sonny Fatupaito says... Reported by New Zealand Herald

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