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China, Japan more upbeat on ties but challenges remain

BEIJING China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.

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Hindu tailor in Bangladesh hacked to death in attack claimed by Islamic State

DHAKA Three assailants sped up to a Bangladeshi tailor's shop by motorcycle on Saturday, dragged out the Hindu owner and hacked him to death, police said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

Top News, South Asia 7:16pm IST

Bomb attack on Shi'ite pilgrims in Baghdad kills at least 19 - sources

BAGHDAD A suicide bomber driving a car killed at least 19 people and wounded 48 others on Saturday in an attack claimed by Islamic State on a group of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in a southeastern suburb of Baghdad, Iraqi police sources said.

5:32pm IST

Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

NAIROBI Kenya's president set fire to thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns on Saturday, destroying a stockpile that would have been worth a fortune to smugglers and sending a message that trade in the animal parts must be stopped.

Top News, 8:17pm IST

Al Qaeda in Yemen confirms retreat from port city of Mukalla

DOHA Yemen's al Qaeda branch on Saturday confirmed it had withdrawn from the Yemeni seaport of Mukalla a week after government and Emirati soldiers seized the city used by Islamist militants to amass a fortune amid the chaos of civil war.

Yemen 8:17pm IST

Taiwan DPP condemns latest deportation of Taiwanese to China

TAIPEI Taiwan's ruling party on Saturday strongly condemned the deportation of 32 Taiwanese to China from Malaysia on suspicion of telecom fraud, and the outgoing cabinet said Malaysia had acted "under pressure" from Beijing.

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