Southeast Asia

HANOI, Vietnam - A Vietnamese official says fireworks intended for Hanoi's 1,000th birthday celebration have exploded prematurely, and state-controlled media have reported at least one death.

MANILA, Philippines - Flight attendants for a low-cost Philippine airline who dance to Lady Gaga to keep passengers from snoozing through an in-flight safety demonstration are the latest YouTube sensation.

HYDE PARK, N.Y. - Justin Taylan boots up his laptop computer in the climate-controlled comfort of a cafe and clicks on photographs of a World War II airplane lying in pieces amid a steamy jungle on the other side of the world.

SINGAPORE - Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore's founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, who described her as his "tower of strength," and mother of the city-state's current prime minister, died Saturday.

SINGAPORE - Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore's first prime minister and mother of its current leader, died Saturday.
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