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Australians to Be Moved to Indonesia Execution Site

Two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia will be transferred Wednesday from their jail on Bali to an island off Java where they will be put to death, an official said.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the so-called "Bali Nine" drug trafficking gang, will be flown on a military aircraft, with a second plane escorting them, said Momock Bambang Samiarso, head of the Bali prosecutor's office.

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Japan PM Facing Questions over Political Funding Breach

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has already lost three ministers to political funding scandals, faced questions Tuesday over claims that a branch of his ruling party received illegal donations.

Abe, who swept to power in late 2012 on a ticket to revive the economy, told parliament he "didn't know" that two firms had given money to the Liberal Democratic Party within a year of receiving government subsidies  -- a violation of strict political funding laws.

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Attacker Shows No Remorse over Infamous Delhi Gang-Rape

A film-maker behind a new documentary about a fatal gang-rape in India that caused global outrage told Tuesday how one of the men sentenced to death for the killing had shown no remorse during a "chilling" interview.

Mukesh Singh, one of five people convicted over the 2012 attack in New Delhi, told British film-maker Leslee Udwin from his prison cell that the murdered student should not have been out at night, in comments that experts say reflect a wider instinct to blame victims of sex crime.

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Top U.S. Official Warns Israel Tensions could Last Until 2016

A top U.S. official Tuesday warned that the current tensions between traditional allies U.S. and Israel could last until the end of the Obama administration in 2016.

"There are moments of significant agreement and then there are moments of tactical disagreement," U.S. deputy secretary of state Antony Blinken told French radio station Europe 1.

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Thousands Pay Last Respects to Slain Putin Critic

Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Crowds thronged the Russian capital to mourn the 55-year-old former deputy prime minister, a longtime Putin critic and anti-corruption crusader who was laid to rest at a Moscow cemetery.

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Bishops Visit Aoun over Fate of Christians in Orient

A delegation of bishops visited Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Michel Aoun in Rabieh on Tuesday to discuss with him the conditions of Christians in the Orient.

The delegation included bishops Issam Darwish, George Saliba, Boulos Safar and Rweiss al-Orashalimi.

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Nuclear Rivals Pakistan and India Hold First Talks in a Year

Pakistan and India held their first high-level talks for nearly a year on Tuesday, with a senior Indian diplomat hailing the meeting in Islamabad as "positive and constructive".

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is visiting Pakistan for the first senior-level dialogue between the nuclear-armed rivals since their prime ministers met in New Delhi last May.

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Myanmar Student Protesters Given Hours to Disperse

Student protesters calling for education reform said Tuesday that riot police have ordered them to disperse within hours after surrounding them near a monastery in central Myanmar.

Some 300 young activists -- many sporting bandanas with the fighting peacock symbol of student protest -- remained encircled by police armed with sticks who have trapped them outside a monastery compound in the town of Letpadan since Monday. 

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Report: N. Korea Readying for Medium-Range Missile Test

North Korea may be readying to test fire a medium-range missile to underscore its anger over joint U.S.-South Korea military drills that began this week, a report said Tuesday.

Mobile launchers used for Rodong missiles have been deployed at a North Korean missile base north of Pyongyang, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing military sources.

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Ukraine FM Casts Doubt on Russia Ceasefire

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin on Tuesday cast doubt on hopes that a UN-backed truce with pro-Russian rebels will stick, as he called for an expansion of international monitoring.

"The situation on the ground is very difficult and tense despite a declared ceasefire. We still have many shells thrown by terrorists" in eastern Ukraine, Klimkin told reporters in Tokyo.

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