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PM, millions swept up in 'Clean India' bid
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a five-year drive to clean public spaces in the country.

Suicide attack on Afghan army bus kills 3
A suicide attack on a bus carrying Afghan army staff has left three people dead, an official says.

Bali guards for terror as bombs remembered
Bali's governor, who was chief investigator of the Bali bombings, has called for compassion in the face of a new radical movement, the Islamic State group.

Skipper blamed for Korea ferry order
The skipper of a South Korean ferry that sank with the loss of more than 300 lives ordered passengers not to leave the sinking vessel, a court heard.

Asian shares mixed, $US cracks 110 yen
Asian markets have finished mixed on Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei giving up earlier gains.

Suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul
The Taliban has claimed twin suicide attacks on army buses in Kabul, which have killed seven people.

Two trains collide in India, 12 dead
Twelve people are dead and 45 have been injured after two passenger trains collided in northern India.

Nine missing after ship sinks off Japan
A patrol boat has been deployed off the coast of Japan after a ship sunk, leaving nine people missing.

Hong Kong protesters reject calls to stop
The number of protesters in Hong Kong has swelled ahead of a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.

Indonesia lobbying on Montara spill grows
Another leading Indonesian official will join the chorus of voices urging Australia to co-operate on a study into the 2009 Montara oil spill.

Obama cheers 'historic' Afghan deal
US President Barack Obama says the signing of a security partnership with Afghanistan represents an invitation to strengthen the countries' relationship.

Fire burns Mongolian 5-star hotel site
A blaze has tore through the site of Mongolia's first five-star hotel, scheduled for completion later this year.

Afghan and US officials sign troops deal
Afghanistan has signed a long-delayed bilateral security agreement with the United States, and a status of forces agreement with NATO.

Indonesian leader 'to restore local votes'
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says he wants to overturn a law that abolishes direct elections for governors, district chiefs and mayors.

Asia shares mostly lower, China PMI weighs
Asian shares have closed mostly lower.

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