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North Korea defector regains consciousness, video shows getaway under fire

SEOUL North Korean border guards were only steps behind a North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the South Korean side, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.

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Air China indefinitely suspends flights between Beijing and Pyongyang

TAIPEI/BEIJING Air China Ltd has indefinitely suspended flights between Beijing and Pyongyang, citing poor demand as North Korea faces growing sanctions from the United States over its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

China, North Korea 10:42pm EST

Mexican leftist presidential candidate vows financial crime crackdown

MEXICO CITY Mexican leftist presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged in his manifesto to clamp down on financial crime, and tighten money laundering, banking and tax regulations if elected next July.

Mexico 10:39pm EST

Japan special panel to weigh timing of emperor's abdication

TOKYO The timing of Emperor Akihito's abdication, Japan's first in nearly two centuries, is to be discussed by a special panel that will meet from Dec. 1, the top government spokesman said on Wednesday.

Japan 11:12pm EST

China probes former chief of internet regulator for suspected graft

BEIJING The former head of China's powerful internet regulator is under investigation for suspected corruption, the ruling Communist Party said, the latest senior official to be caught up in a sweeping campaign against graft.

China 11:49pm EST

Singapore sees running autonomous buses on public roads from 2022

SINGAPORE Singapore is hoping to deploy autonomous buses on public roads in three different districts of the city-state from 2022 to provide better connectivity, the country's Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Wednesday.

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