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South Korea has taken down a tower used to construct a Christmas tree at the border with North Korea

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South Korea has taken down a tower used to construct a Christmas tree at the border with North Korea. The ritual, in which the 60ft...

Jeffrey Fowle entered North Korea on April 29 and was detained in early June as he was leaving the country

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American citizen Jeffrey Fowle has been released by the North Korean authorities, US officials say. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, was one of three US citizens detained...

China's economic growth has reached its slowest pace since the global financial crisis

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China's economic growth has reached its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures. China’s GDP rose...

Joko Widodo has been sworn in as Indonesia’s new president in a Jakarta ceremony

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Joko Widodo has been sworn in as Indonesia’s new president in a Jakarta ceremony. The 53-year-old charismatic outsider who won Indonesia's presidency made a call...

Australia’s government has reversed a decision which would have restricted access to parliament in Canberra for women wearing full-face Islamic veils

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Australia’s government has reversed a decision which would have restricted access to parliament in Canberra for women wearing full-face Islamic veils. Earlier this month, parliament...

Hong Kong protesters have clashed with police in a battle for territory in the district of Mong Kok

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Hong Kong protesters have clashed with police in a battle for territory in the district of Mong Kok. Some reports suggested police charged after the...

The death toll of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit has risen to 39 after days of searches

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The death toll of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit has risen to 39 after days of searches, officials say. Snowstorms and avalanches have killed the trekkers on...

Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit death toll has risen to 32 after the hiking route was hit by major snowstorms and avalanches

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Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit death toll has risen to 32 after the hiking route was hit by major snowstorms and avalanches earlier this week, officials...

Hong Kong protesters have retaken streets in the Mong Kok district cleared by the authorities just a few hours earlier

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Hong Kong protesters have retaken streets in the Mong Kok district cleared by the authorities just a few hours earlier. Some 9,000 protesters pushed back...

Jayaram Jayalalitha was jailed last month for four years on corruption charges

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Imprisoned Indian politician Jayaram Jayalalitha has been granted bail by the country’s Supreme Court. Former chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu Jayaram...

The death toll of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit has reached 28, after blizzards struck at the height of the Himalayan climbing season

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The death toll of Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit has reached 28, officials say, after blizzards struck at the height of the Himalayan climbing season. There are...

Asian markets opened lower after Wall Street tumbled on US economic data

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Asian markets opened lower on October 16 after Wall Street tumbled on US economic data, fuelling growth concerns. Data from the US showed retail sales...

At least 21 people, 10 of them foreigners, have died in central Nepal after a severe snow hit the Himalayas

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At least 21 people, 10 of them foreigners, have died in central Nepal after a severe snow hit the Himalayas. The highest number of deaths...

North Korea and South Korea have held talks for the first time in seven years

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North Korea and South Korea have held talks for the first time in seven years, South Korean Yonhap news agency reports. The news agency, citing...

Hong Kong police is investigating reports that officers used excessive force against pro-democracy protesters

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Hong Kong police is investigating reports that officers used excessive force against pro-democracy protesters. Local TV showed images of officers apparently beating a handcuffed protester...

Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since September 3 at a newly-built scientists' residential district

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Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since September 3, the North Korean official news agency says. The KCNA agency said on October 14...

Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuated as Cyclone Hudhud pounds the eastern Indian coast

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Cyclone Hudhud has hit the eastern Indian coast, causing extensive damage and prompting the evacuation of some 300,000 people. The cyclone, classed "very severe" and...

Japan is bracing for the arrival of powerful Typhoon Vongfong

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Typhoon Vongfong brought heavy rain and fierce winds to the southern island of Okinawa, Japan, causing flight cancelations and power cuts to over 20,000...

President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops stationed near the Ukrainian border to return to their bases

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President Vladimir Putin has ordered thousands of Russian troops stationed near the Ukrainian border to return to their bases, Russian media report. Vladimir Putin's spokesman...

Kim Jong-un has not been seen in public for more than a month, the longest hiatus since he came to power in 2011

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Kim Jong-un missed a key political anniversary ceremony on October 10, the North Korean media said, amid speculation over his absence from public view. The...

China overtakes the USA as the world's largest economy in 2014

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China overtakes the USA as the world's largest economy, according to figures from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The figures are adjusted for Purchasing Power...

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Forced prostitution in Asia during WWII was so commonplace that this author asked his grandfather about it and he said that he served with...

Shannon Leah Fraser has been found 17 days after she got lost in the bush in northern Queensland

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Shannon Leah Fraser has been found 17 days after she got lost in the bush in northern Queensland, Australia, with no food. Shannon Leah Fraser,...

President Xi Jinping conducted a campaign to tackle decadent working practices in the ruling Communist Party

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The Chinese government’s expenditures on overseas trips, lavish receptions and official cars have dropped by almost $9 billion over the past year. The announcement comes...

The North Korean mission at the UN held a rare briefing to discuss its recent report on its own human rights situation

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The North Korean mission at the UN held a rare briefing to discuss its recent report on its own human rights situation. A North Korean...