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South Korea police investigate U.S. ambassador attacker's visits to North

SEOUL - South Korean police said on Friday they are investigating possible links between a knife attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul and the assailant's multiple visits to North Korea, as they also sought to charge him with attempted murder. | Video

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Australia complains over Indonesia's treatment of death row prisoners

SYDNEY/JAKARTA - Australia has complained about the treatment of two drug smugglers, who face execution in Indonesia, and wants to lodge a formal protest after a smiling Indonesian police chief was photographed posing with the men, officials said on Friday.

Australia, Indonesia 2:07am EST

Bangladesh seizes $1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat

DHAKA - Bangladesh's customs officers caught a North Korean diplomat trying to smuggle an estimated $1.4 million worth of gold into the country, a senior official said on Friday.

North Korea 2:15am EST

Syrian army kills top al Qaeda leader: state media

BEIRUT - The Syrian army carried out an operation that killed the military commander of the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front on Thursday in northwestern Syria, Syrian state media reported. | Video

Syria 1:52am EST

Myanmar police arrest five student protesters in town near Yangon

LETPADAN, Myanmar - Police in Myanmar arrested five students on Friday from among a crowd of about 200 protesters locked in a standoff with security forces barring their entry into the commercial hub of Yangon, a Reuters witness said.

Myanmar 1:28am EST

Islamic State torches oil field near Tikrit as militia advance

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants have set fire to oil wells northeast of the city of Tikrit to obstruct an assault by Shi'ite militiamen and Iraqi soldiers trying to drive them from the Sunni Muslim city and surrounding towns, a witness said.

Iraq 05 Mar 2015

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