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Australia News

US and Australia drop sanctions against Fiji

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. and Australia have removed sanctions against Fiji following democratic elections last month in the South Pacific nation....

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Burma News

UN resolution urges Burma to drop identity plan

By Sat, Nov 01, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new U.N. draft resolution takes aim at Burma's aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging "access to full...

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Cambodia News

“Morality drives” serve little more than political purpose

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal's James Hookway wrote a piece about Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's attempt to cleanse Pattaya of supposedly "immoral" transgender sex workers. Hookway described...

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China News

Chinese official allegedly hides $33M in bribes

By Sat, Nov 01, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — Investigators in China say they have found more than 200 million yuan ($33 million) in cash at the home of an official suspected of taking bribes, in...

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Hong Kong News

Hong Kong activists mull Beijing visit during APEC

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong student protest leaders are considering visiting Beijing while it hosts a major Asian summit next week to press their demands for greater democratic reforms....

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India News

Surrogacy: Human right or reproductive exploitation?

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014

What used to be a costly, sci-fi solution to childlessness has emerged as an everyday story. But as the procedure becomes more common, so do cross-border legal and ethical problems,...

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Indonesia News

Tough justice: new Jakarta governor to settle on controversial minimum wage

By Wed, Oct 29, 2014

At a time when much of Indonesia's media remains fixated on president Joko Widodo's cabinet selection, a separate drama of much more immediate import to Jakarta's poor has been quietly...

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Japan News

Japan’s huge pension fund to boost share purchases

By Sat, Nov 01, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's $1.1 trillion public pension fund has approved a plan to double its holdings of shares and cut back sharply on bonds in its portfolio to help...

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Malaysia News

Malaysia Airlines sued by 2 boys over Flight 370

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian teenage boys are suing Malaysia Airlines and the government over the loss of their father eight months after Flight 370 that was carrying...

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Pakistan News

Pakistan army: 8 soldiers killed in tribal region

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army says eight soldiers have been killed during an operation in the country's Khyber tribal region....

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Philippines News

Amid murder case, Philippines says US pact stays

By Fri, Oct 31, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' top diplomat says an accord with the U.S. that allows thousands of American troops to join combat exercises in the country is "imperfect" but...

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Singapore News

Pirates release missing Vietnamese oil tanker

By Thu, Oct 09, 2014

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese sailor says his oil tanker has been released after pirates stormed the ship and siphoned off some of its cargo of gas oil. Deputy...

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South Korea News

South Korea soldiers convicted for hazing death of subordinate

By Thu, Oct 30, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Defense Ministry says a military court has sentenced six soldiers to up to 45 years in prison for bullying and beating a subordinate...

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Taiwan News

Taiwan to join submarine race

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014

Thirteen years after the Bush Administration promised Taiwan eight diesel-electric submarines, and 11 years after the Taiwanese walked away from an opportunity to obtain used but top-notch Italian boats, cautious...

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Thailand News

Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire

By Sat, Nov 01, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption....

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Vietnam News

Top Chinese diplomat visits Vietnam to repair ties

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — China's top diplomat has pledged to work with Vietnam to repair ties ruptured by disputes over the South China Sea....

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Other Countries News

EU confirms North Korea invite for rights visit

By Sat, Nov 01, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A European Union official confirms that North Korea has invited its special representative for human rights to visit the country....

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