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NATO pulls out of Afghan ministries after Americans shot dead in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in retaliation for the burning of copies of the Qur'an at a Nato base in the country.

Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard set for showdown over leadership of Australia

“I want to finish the job the Australian people elected me to do when they elected me to become prime minister,” Rudd told reporters in Brisbane just hours after returning from the US.

US freezes Japanese gangsters' assets

The Yamaguchi-gumi group earns “billions of dollars” every year from crimes inside and outside Japan, including human and drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and fraud, the US Treasury Department said in a statement yesterday.

15 killed, dozens wounded in Pakistani bomb attack

Officials said that almost 90 pounds of explosives planted in a white car parked at the Kohat bus terminal triggered a blast which destroyed more than 20 other vehicles.

Radiation from Japan's Fukushima power plant found 400 miles off the coast

The water had 1,000 times the amount of radioactive contamination than it did before the meltdown.

Thailand economy shrinks 9% on flood impact

Severe flooding in Thailand during the monsoon season killed more than 700 people, inundated two-thirds of the country, and hurt exports already dented by weaker demand in Europe.

Thailand gold rush has unusually good year

The Wang river is wider during this drought season.
Bars of 2012 Lunar New Year gold on display in Beijing. (AFP/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
Gold ore flows into the river during drought season.

India questions Italian ship crew after 2 fishermen shot dead

The crew of the MV Enrica Lexie said they feared their boat was about to be attacked by pirates and so they fired in self-defence.

Japan cabinet approves sales tax increase

Under the plan, which requires parliament’s approval, taxes will rise from the current 5 percent rate to 8 percent in April 2014, and then up to 10 percent by October 2015.
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