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N. Korea seals nuclear test tunnel: Seoul official

North Korea has apparently sealed a tunnel at its nuclear test site, a government official said Thursday ahead of US President Barack Obama's arrival in Seoul for a two-day visit.

Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370

Searchers for missing Flight MH370 face tough choices on how to proceed after almost seven fruitless weeks, with only a fraction of a deep-sea zone still left to be scanned.

Malaysian jailed in Melbourne for match-fixing

A Malaysian involved in an international match-fixing syndicate that rigged soccer games here has been jailed for a year.

S. Korea ferry engineer says no technical problems

The senior engineer on the South Korean ferry that sank last week said Thursday he was unaware of any problems with the ship's engine or ballast when it ran into trouble.

Angry parents seek autopsies of Korea ferry victims

Some parents of the mostly teenage victims of South Korea's ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show their children were alive inside the submerged vessel and only died because the emergency response was so slow.

1.6 billion in Asia Pacific could fall back into extreme poverty: ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in its latest report 1.6 billion people in Asia-Pacific are at risk of being pushed back into extreme poverty, Xinhua news agency reported.

Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty

US President Barack Obama Thursday told a press conference in Japan that islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China are covered by a defence treaty that would oblige Washington to act if they were attacked.

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' loses final bid for appeal

American housewife Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer", on Thursday lost her final bid to appeal against her conviction in Hong Kong for the 2003 murder of her banker husband.

Thailand urged to resolve political crisis through negotiation

Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have called for democratic and negotiation-based solutions and a quick general election in Thailand, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report

The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on Thursday, news reports said.