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Australia News

Sri Lankan asylum seekers fly to Australia

By Mon, Jul 28, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers that languished on board an Australian customs vessel for weeks have been temporarily brought to a detention center...

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Burma News

UN Burma envoy worried over camps for displaced

By Sun, Jul 27, 2014

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.N.'s new human rights envoy for Burma has described conditions as deplorable in camps for persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country's...

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Cambodia News

Cambodia defamation ruling raises media freedom concerns

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014

Media watchdogs have voiced concern after a Cambodia-based journalist and blogger was ordered to pay 100 million riel (US$25,000) to a French property developer after he was convicted of defamation...

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China News

US panel calls on China to end organ harvesting

By Thu, Jul 31, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has endorsed a resolution calling on China to immediately end what it calls state-sanctioned harvesting of human organs from prisoners. Human...

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Hong Kong News

Bitcoin grows on Asian users

By Sat, Jul 26, 2014

Horry Chan spends more time on internet communication than talking to real people. As the owner of the Hong Kong-based online application store Easyapp.com, his team designs and customizes applications...

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India News

Microsoft brings Cortana to China and India on Windows Phone

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is spreading its Cortana digital assistant abroad, starting with China and the UK....

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Indonesia News

Prabowo appeals election result at Indonesia’s highest court

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lawyers say the losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election has filed a legal challenge of the outcome in the country's highest court....

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Japan News

Toyota tops global sales for first half of 2014

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota remains No. 1 in global vehicles sales after the first six months of this year, followed by Volkswagen which bumped General Motors out of second place...

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Malaysia News

Malaysia PM Najib Razak to travel to the Netherlands

By Sun, Jul 27, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the downed Malaysia Airlines jet with his Dutch counterpart....

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Pakistan News

Pakistan, India agree on 6 series for cricket from next year

By Sat, Jun 28, 2014

Pakistan and India will revive cricketing ties next year after agreeing to play six series from 2015 until 2023....

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Philippines News

Pope Francis to visit Sri Lanka, Philippines in January

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan. 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines....

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Singapore News

Singapore says it won’t destroy 2 gay-themed book titles after all

By Fri, Jul 18, 2014

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's information minister says two children's books dealing with gay subjects that were ordered removed from public libraries won't be destroyed after all....

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South Korea News

NKorea upgrading rocket launch site, says US-Korea Institute

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. research institute says North Korea is upgrading its main rocket launch site and has conducted a series of engine tests as it develops a mobile,...

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Taiwan News

Tropical storm Matmo batters eastern China

By Thu, Jul 24, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — Typhoon Matmo is bringing stormy weather to parts of eastern China on the heels of another typhoon that killed at least 56 people....

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Thailand News

McDonald’s Japan strengthens checks on chicken, offers tofu McNuggets

By Wed, Jul 30, 2014

McDonald's in Japan has said it is toughening checks on chicken from China and Thailand following a sharp drop in sales after a Chinese supplier was accused of selling expired...

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Vietnam News

Should Asia-Pacific countries ban the plastic bag?

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014

The port city of Freemantle in Western Australia has just banned single-use non-biodegradable plastic bags. It is the first city in Australia to do so. Shop owners failing to follow...

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Other Countries News

US proposes construction freeze in South China Sea

By Sat, Jul 12, 2014

The U.S. is calling for Asian nations to freeze new construction and establishment of outposts in the disputed South China Sea to lower the risk of a conflict....

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