Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US is attempting to provoke North Korean leader Kim Jong-un into "flying off the handle" over his missile program to hand Washington a pretext to destroy his country.
Russia: US looking for pretext to destroy North Korea
The number of pro-independence fighters killed this year during clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir has exceeded 200 as five more lose their lives in armed fighting in the restive Himalayan region.
5 more Kashmiris killed in clashes with Indian forces
At least seven people are feared dead after a pipe carrying oxygen into a Myanmar coal mine burst, cutting off the air supply and causing a partial collapse, authorities said Wednesday.
Accident in Myanmar coal mine kills 8
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Wednesday that his country had achieved full nuclear statehood after what he said was the successful test of a new missile capable of striking anywhere in the United States.
North Korea claims nuclear statehood, with US in missile range
Pope Francis called on Myanmar’s top Buddhist monks to conquer “prejudice and hatred” in a country ravaged by communal divisions, after holding the nation’s first-ever papal mass attended by 150,000 Catholics on Wednesday.
Pope appeals to Buddhist clergy to overcome ‘prejudice and hatred’
Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar.
Bangladesh’s island home for 100,000 Rohingya refugees
Pope Francis insisted Tuesday that Myanmar's future depends on respecting the rights of each ethnic group, an indirect show of support for Rohingya Muslims who have been subject to decades of discrimination and a recent military crackdown described by the UN as a textbook campaign of "ethnic cleansing."
Pope demands rights for all in Myanmar, omits ‘Rohingya’
Indonesia on Tuesday extended the closure of the airport on Bali as ash from a volcano swept the island, stranding thousands of tourists as authorities tried to persuade villagers to leave their homes near the erupting mountain.
Tourists, authorities feel the heat as Bali volcano keeps airport closed
China, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran (CKTI) agreed to increase railway traffic on the CKTI route, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy press service reported.
CKTI to boost cargo transportation via railways

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