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Australia News

Qantas rebounds from loss to post $162m half-year profit

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Qantas Airways Ltd. has posted a 206 million Australian dollar ($162 million) profit for the first six months since it recorded a $2.6 billion loss for the...

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Burma News

UN rights chief warns Burma risks faltering on reform path

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nation's top human right official says Burma/Myanmar is "headed in the wrong direction" amid a crackdown on dissidents and minorities....

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Cambodia News

Cambodian PM: No construction of mega-dam until at least 2018

By Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that work on a controversial mega-dam project in southwest Cambodia will not start until at least 2018....

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China News

China defends South China Sea activities after criticism from US

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region...

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Hong Kong News

Hong Kong woman gets 6 years in Indonesian maid abuse case

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has sentenced a woman to 6 years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage over its...

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India News

India predicts growth over 8 percent, set for ‘big bang’ reforms

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

NEW DELHI (AP) — A government report says India's economy will grow more than 8 percent in the upcoming financial year and appears to have shaken off its persistent problems...

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Indonesia News

On death row: the main players in the fate of the Bali Nine duo

By Wed, Feb 25, 2015

The fate of Australian duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, awaiting execution orders in Indonesia, is a complicated interplay of many legal, moral, political, social and other positions. Whatever your...

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Japan News

Thai Airways Tokyo-Bangkok flight hits turbulence, 11 injured

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai Airways says one of its planes hit severe turbulence over Thailand and 11 people on board were injured....

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Malaysia News

2 Malaysian men charged over $50m ice shipment from China to Sydney

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015

SYDNEY (AP) — Authorities say two men from Malaysia and Hong Kong have been charged with smuggling more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, worth 65...

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Pakistan News

Moderate quake jolts northwest Pakistan, no casualties

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's meteorological agency says a moderate earthquake has jolted northwestern Pakistan. The quake caused panic, but there were no immediate reports of casualties....

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Philippines News

China defends South China Sea activities after criticism from US

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region...

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Singapore News

Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew sedated, on life support

By Thu, Feb 26, 2015

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's government says Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state's founding father, remains on life support in intensive care being treated for severe pneumonia....

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South Korea News

South Korea renews license of 2nd-oldest nuclear plant

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has renewed a license of its second-oldest nuclear power plant until 2022....

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Taiwan News

Official says hostage takers shoot themselves in Taiwan prison

By Thu, Feb 12, 2015

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A top justice official says six armed inmates who held a warden and a head guard hostage at a prison in southern Taiwan have committed suicide...

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Thailand News

Thai junta’s constitution drafters propose ‘indirectly elected’ Senate

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

The Constitutional Drafting Committee are continuing to re-write the political rule book for a post-coup Thailand. But, like with all the military junta's government bodies, the claim to "reform" and...

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Vietnam News

China defends South China Sea activities after criticism from US

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

BEIJING (AP) — China is defending its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible after the U.S. intelligence chief called its expansion of outposts in the region...

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Other Countries News

Detained Maldives’ ex-leader denies ordering judge’s arrest

By Fri, Feb 27, 2015

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives' former president has denied in court that he ordered the arrest of a top judge three years ago....

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