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Australia News

Second ship to join search for missing Malaysian plane

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysia's defence minister has expressed confidence Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will eventually be found as a second ship prepares to join the search. The Fugro Discovery is...

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Burma News

US think tank faults Burma on Rakhine response

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Washington think tank is criticizing Myanmar's government for presiding over a "humanitarian catastrophe" in western Rakhine state and doing little to track down perpetrators of...

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Cambodia News

Cambodia detains 3 over death of journalist

By Mon, Oct 13, 2014

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian police have detained three men believed to be linked to the shooting death of a local journalist who was investigating illegal logging in the...

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China News

China’s president pledges $81 million in Ebola aid

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — China has pledged to provide $81 million in aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis....

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Hong Kong News

Interview with HK chief greeted with derision and outrage

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014

CY Leung digs himself a new hole in Hong Kong writes Philip Bowring for Asia Sentinel. Most Hong Kong people are too poor and dumb to be allowed to vote,...

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India News

The buzz around India’s e-retailers: well-earned, or a lot of empty noise?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014

There is no bigger MBA lesson than negotiating with a hard-bargaining-to-the-last-lemon or -onion housewife. ...

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Indonesia News

Indonesia’s Joko takes center stage

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014

Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo was inaugurated into office Monday morning in Jakarta after a hectic interregnum in which it appeared that his opponent in the July 9 national elections,...

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Japan News

Japan to send officials to North Korea next week

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government will send a group of officials to North Korea next week for an update on the North's investigation into the abduction of Japanese citizens by...

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Malaysia News

Malaysia returning officer to NZ for assault trial

By Fri, Oct 24, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign ministry says a military official accused of assaulting a woman in New Zealand will be returned there Friday to face trial....

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Pakistan News

Police: Gunmen kill 8 Shiite Muslims in Pakistan

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A police official says gunmen have killed eight Shiite Muslims in southwestern Pakistan. Operations police chief Aitzaz Goraya says the Shiites from the minority Hazara community...

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Philippines News

Philippine militants free 2 kidnapped Germans

By Sat, Oct 18, 2014

A Philippine official says two Germans kidnapped for six months have been released by a militant group just hours after it had threatened to behead one if no ransom payment...

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Singapore News

World Bank trims Asia growth outlook, urges reform

By Mon, Oct 06, 2014

BANGKOK (AP) — The World Bank has trimmed its growth forecast for developing East Asian economies this year to 6.9 percent and urged governments to improve conditions for investment and...

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South Korea News

South Korea demolishes ‘Christmas tree’ border tower

By Wed, Oct 22, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Defense Ministry says it has pulled down a 43-year-old frontline Christmas tower that North Korea viewed as propaganda warfare. A ministry official says the...

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Taiwan News

China tells Taiwan: Reunifying will end antagonism

By Sat, Sep 27, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese president Xi Jinping says reunifying the mainland and Taiwan is about ending political antagonism rather than about territories and sovereignty. State media reported his remarks were...

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Thailand News

Re-drawing the invisible line: Lèse majesté cases pile under Thailand’s junta

By Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Since the military coup, the number of lèse majesté cases has been rising in Thailand as the chances of the accused grow even slimmer under the junta’s rule. The trial...

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Vietnam News

Vietnam tanker missing, likely hijacked by pirates

By Wed, Oct 08, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A maritime watchdog agency says a Vietnamese tanker carrying gas oil has lost contact and may have been hijacked by pirates after leaving Singapore port...

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Other Countries News

US to compensate Philippines for coral reef damage

By Sat, Oct 25, 2014

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine official says the United States will pay 87 million pesos ($1.9 million) for damage caused by a U.S. Navy minesweeper that ran aground on...

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