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Seven students, one teacher killed in Japan avalanche

An avalanche Monday killed seven Japanese high school students and a teacher on a mountain-climbing outing, and injured 40 more. More than 100 troops were deployed in a major rescue mission after the avalanche hit ski slopes in Tochigi prefecture nort...

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Eight feared dead as avalanche hits Japanese students

Eight people are feared dead and two were in critical condition on Monday after an avalanche hit a group of high school students and teachers climbing in central Japan. It was not immediately clear how many of the victims were students, an official sa...

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Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'

Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries. Pakistan has blam...

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UN to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban

More than 100 countries are set to launch the first UN talks on a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday over objections from the major nuclear powers. Some 123 UN members announced in October that they would launch the UN conference to negotiate a lega...

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AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the past week in AsiaA 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface last week nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the nation as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters. More than 300 people — most of whom were students on a high school trip — died when the Sewol sank on April 16, 2014, touching off an outpouring of national grief and soul searching about long-ignored public safety and regulatory failures.


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Thousands flee as Cyclone Debbie bears down on Australia

By Tom Westbrook SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of Australians abandoned their homes as a powerful cyclone bore down on coastal towns in Queensland on Monday, while others ignored authorities' advice to evacuate with winds forecast to reach up to 300 km...

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3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern Philippines

3 kidnapped Malaysians rescued in southern PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines military said Monday they have rescued three more Malaysian tugboat crewmen held hostage by Muslim militants for eight months in the south of the country.


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