While some fall apart

Heads of state from key south east Asian states at the closing ceremony of the 15th ASEAN summit in southern Thailand. (AFP photo.)

Heads of state from key south east Asian states at the closing ceremony of the 15th ASEAN summit in southern Thailand. (AFP photo.)

Asian nations push for EU-style power bloc that lies just years away. (AFP)

Baghdad’s weekend bombings were one of the deadliest in the Iraqi capital’s recent history. (AP)

South Korea’s economy expands at the fastest pace in seven years. (Bloomberg)

Related? South Korea has offered to send humanitarian aid to North Korea for the first time in almost two years, after a series of conciliatory gestures by its destitute neighbor. (Al Jazeera)

Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader charged with genocide for the worst mass murders in Europe since the Nazis, skipped out on his U.N. war crimes trials today. (Guardian)

Pakistan’s military says it has successfully captured Kotkai, the hometown of Pakistani Taliban Chief Hakimullah Mehsud in the country’s South Waziristan tribal belt. The army launched a military offensive last week, pitting about 30,000 Pakistani troops against an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 Taliban fighters. (Al Jazeera)

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