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Australia agrees to close controversial refugee detention center

Australia agrees to close controversial refugee detention center Wed, 17 Aug, 2016

Australia and Papua New Guinea on Wednesday said they had agreed to close a controversial Australian-funded asylum seeker detention center on Manus Island, although the ultimate fate of 800 refugees held in the camp remained unclear.
Bombings in Thailand target tourist cities, killing 4 people

Bombings in Thailand target tourist cities, killing 4 people Fri, 12 Aug, 2016

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many injured, with authorities Friday ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom's deep south are responsible.
Australian women win 1st gold medal for Olympic rugby sevens

Australian women win 1st gold medal for Olympic rugby sevens Tue, 09 Aug, 2016

The first Olympic rugby gold medal in 92 years has gone to a group of Australian women that includes a mechanic, an elite former sprinter and a 21-year-old newcomer who has traveled around Rio de Janeiro carrying an inflatable kangaroo.
Japan's emperor says he's concerned about fulfilling duties

Japan's emperor says he's concerned about fulfilling duties Mon, 08 Aug, 2016

Japan's emperor expressed concern about fulfilling his duties as he ages in an address to the public Monday that was remarkable for its rarity and its hinted possibility that he may want to abdicate in a few years.
Thailand votes on divisive junta constitution

Thailand votes on divisive junta constitution Sun, 07 Aug, 2016

Thailand began voting on a junta-crafted constitution Sunday in a referendum where open debate has been banned, as opponents warned the document will perpetuate military power and deepen divisions.
North Korea fires mid-range missile toward waters near Japan

North Korea fires mid-range missile toward waters near Japan Wed, 03 Aug, 2016

A medium-range ballistic missile fired Wednesday by North Korea flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and landed near Japan's territorial waters, Seoul and Tokyo officials said, one of the longest flights by a North Korean missile.
U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse

U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse Sat, 30 Jul, 2016

Hundreds of people rallied in major cities across Australia on Saturday criticizing the government's response to video showing aboriginal children being teargassed and abused in prison.
Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer

Indonesian executions a 'complete mess', says lawyer Fri, 29 Jul, 2016

Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess".
Ex-employee kills 19 in knife attack at Japan home for disabled

Ex-employee kills 19 in knife attack at Japan home for disabled Tue, 26 Jul, 2016

A knife-wielding former employee killed 19 people and injured 25 at a care centre for the mentally disabled in Japan on Tuesday, in the country's worst mass killing in decades.
China HIV leak violates patients' rights: WHO

China HIV leak violates patients' rights: WHO Tue, 19 Jul, 2016

 A leak of HIV carriers' identities in China was a violation of their "fundamental right", the World Health Organization said, after reports that hundreds of infected people were approached by telephone swindlers.
Tribunal rules against Beijing in South China Sea dispute

Tribunal rules against Beijing in South China Sea dispute Tue, 12 Jul, 2016

An international tribunal ruled on Tuesday against China's claims it had "historical rights" in the South China Sea in a bitter dispute that risks further stoking regional tensions.
Beijing vows to ignore high-stakes South China Sea ruling

Beijing vows to ignore high-stakes South China Sea ruling Tue, 12 Jul, 2016

China said it will ignore a ruling expected on Tuesday by an arbitration court in The Hague in a case in which the Philippines is challenging Beijing's right to exploit resources across the South China Sea.
North Korea threatens action over US anti-missile system

North Korea threatens action over US anti-missile system Mon, 11 Jul, 2016

North Korea threatened Monday to take "physical action" after Washington and Seoul announced they would deploy a sophisticated US anti-missile defence system to counter the growing menace from Pyongyang.
Hundreds of thousands evacuated as tropical storm hits China

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as tropical storm hits China Sat, 09 Jul, 2016

Typhoon Nepartak weakened to a strong tropical storm Saturday as it lashed China's eastern coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rains.

Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan

Powerful typhoon blows off Philippines, threatens Taiwan Thu, 07 Jul, 2016

Philippine forecasters warned fishing boats not to venture out to sea and commercial ships to watch out for big waves Thursday as a powerful typhoon roared off the country's northeastern coast.

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