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BANGKOK -- Haze returned to Bangkok on Tuesday with fine particulate matter PM2.5 exceeding safety levels in 20 areas, the Pollution Control Department (PCD) said on Tuesday.

The PCD revealed that Bangkok's 46 monitoring stations showed the level of PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere exceeding 50 microns in the worst areas. (Thailand-Haze)

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MANILA -- The Philippine military said on Tuesday it foiled plans for a suicide bombing in the southern Philippines after killing three suspected militants, including two "foreign terrorists," in a village near Indanan town in Sulu province.

Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commanding general of the Western Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said the suspected suicide bombers "were about to carry out a suicide bombing mission in Jolo town" when they were intercepted and killed shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday. (Philippines-Bombing Plot)

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HONG KONG -- A group of rioters blocked roads with barricades and vandalized shops by smashing their glass in Tsim Sha Tsui, a shopping district in Kowloon, the Hong Kong police said on Tuesday.

The rioters have occupied the vicinity of Nathan Road, the junction of Chatham Road South and Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, according to a police statement released on Tuesday night. (Hong Kong-Rioters)

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TOKYO -- Local police and fire authorities believed a blaze that gutted a historical castle in Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa last week was likely caused by a faulty electric distribution board, local media reported Tuesday.

The main structures of Shuri Castle in Naha, the main hall of which was designated a World Heritage site, burned down in a predawn fire, which began on the northern side of the castle's main hall shortly before 2:40 a.m. local time on Nov. 31. (Japan-Fire) Enditem

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