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Australia News

Australia, China poised to sign free-trade deal

By Mon, Nov 17, 2014

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister says his government has successfully completed negotiations after nine years with its biggest trading partner China on a free-trade deal....

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Burma News

How the Burmese military perpetuates its own myth

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014

A heated debate broke out in Burma’s lower house Monday over efforts by the opposition to overhaul the constitution prior to the 2015 elections. As per previous debates, the military...

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Cambodia News

Report: Court approves arrest warrants for Americans who ‘stole body parts’

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — U.S. investigators are trying to determine whether any laws were broken by two American tourists who police say tried to ship preserved human parts from Thailand...

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China News

Longer visas for Chinese could spur US tourism

By Fri, Nov 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — A rule change that allows Chinese visitors to come in and out of the United States multiple times over a 10-year period is being hailed as...

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Hong Kong News

Hong Kong activists denied permit to go to Beijing

By Sun, Nov 16, 2014

HONG KONG (AP) — Three students who have led protests for greater democracy in Hong Kong were denied permission to travel to Beijing to meet with China's top officials....

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India News

Police storm ashram in India in search of guru

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police have fired tear gas and used bulldozers to scatter thousands of people who are trying to prevent the arrest of a controversial guru in...

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Indonesia News

Rights group criticizes Indonesia’s testing of female police recruits’ virginity

By Tue, Nov 18, 2014

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A leading human rights group has criticized Indonesia for subjecting female police recruits to a physical test to try and determine whether they are virgins....

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Japan News

Japanese millionairess suspected of killing husbands

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese police have arrested a 67-year-old woman whom they suspect poisoned her husband late last year, one of about half a dozen former husbands or partners of...

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Malaysia News

Honda widens Takata air bag recall after Malaysia death

By Thu, Nov 13, 2014

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co. has expanded its recalls related to defective air bags and says a driver in Malaysia died in an air bag linked accident....

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Pakistan News

Pakistan official says 17 bodies found after clash

By Sat, Nov 08, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A government administrator in Pakistan says soldiers have found 17 bodies dumped in the country's tribal region, saying the dead were all insurgents killed in overnight...

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Philippines News

Pope to meet victims of Philippines’ Haiyan storm

By Sat, Nov 15, 2014

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will host a luncheon for survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan during his Jan. 12-19 visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines that confirms...

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Singapore News

UN chief Ban Ki-moon to attend Southeast Asian and G20 summits

By Mon, Nov 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the U.N. summit with 10 Southeast Asian nations in Burma this week and then travel to Australia to participate in the...

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South Korea News

South Korea launches new safety agency

By Wed, Nov 19, 2014

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has formally launched a new massive safety agency aimed at preventing disasters like April’s ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people. The...

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Taiwan News

Taiwanese air force pilot killed in aerial collision

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — A Taiwanese air force pilot was killed in an aerial collision between two training jets on Tuesday. One jet was not badly damaged, and the pilot flew...

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Thailand News

28 weeks later: Thailand tourism down, but not out

By Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Earlier this month Thailand’s Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said that about 25 million foreign visitors are expected to visit the country this year, down from 26.7 million in 2013. This...

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Vietnam News

Obama and other leaders wrap up Asia summit in Burma

By Thu, Nov 13, 2014

NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders wrapping up a series of summits in Burma are expected to offer tepid expressions of concern about issues...

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Other Countries News

Pakistan assures support for Afghan peace process

By Sun, Nov 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pledged his support to the Afghan President in his attempt to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table....

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