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Massive sandstorms hit Japan, Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Japan and Taiwan suffered hazardous air quality levels after large sandstorms struck from mainland China beginning on Wednesday.

By Friday, southern Taiwan had an air particle density of 200 mg per cubic meter according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Dust levels have been between eight to 10 times higher than normal over the last few days.

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China to release crew after 'regret' letter

BEIJING -- China said Wednesday that it will release the crew of the American spy plane after receiving a letter of sorrow and regret from the United States over the loss of a Chinese pilot.

The air crew has been held in Hainan for the last 11 days after a collision with a Chinese interceptor forced them to make an emergency landing there.

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Central Asia

Uzbeks losing patience
(Times of Central Asia)

Tibetan herbal tradition
thrives in India
(World Tibet News)

East Asia

'Garlic war' with
China still haunts
Seoul officials
(Korea Herald)

Four candidates file
for LDP presidency
(Japan Times)

Pacific Islands

Yapese celebrate culture
with food, friends
(Pacific Daily News)

Jiang in Tahiti
talks
(Coconet Wireless)

South Asia

India joins hands
with Iran to combat
terrorism
(Hindustan Times)

Temple exists at
Ayodhya by law: Advani
(Times of India)

Southeast Asia

Asean countries advance
currency swap plans
(Bangkok Post)

Army names Bersatu
as the culprits
(Bangkok Post)




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