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Malcolm Turnbull: Australian PM survives leadership challenge
Malcolm Turnbull narrowly overcomes a challenge by a senior government colleague, after a vote by MPs.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Aug 2018 | 7:48 pm

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Asia set for a cautious open as investors look to US-China trade talks
The United States and China are set to hold trade talks later in the week but analysts are not expecting any major breakthroughs.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Aug 2018 | 7:43 pm

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Why the Kerala floods proved so deadly
Heavy rainfall in the southern Indian state has been the worst the region has seen in a century.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Aug 2018 | 7:29 pm

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My green idea: Recycling India's floral waste
One woman's mission to turn the tide on India's polluted waterways by recycling leftover flowers.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Aug 2018 | 7:18 pm

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Indonesia's satay western film has a feminist twist
Marlina the Murderer is the world's first "satay western", an Indonesian take on spaghetti westerns.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Aug 2018 | 7:06 pm

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Pakistan cricket board chief who clashed with PM Khan resigns
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi, who has a history of clashes with new prime minister and former national captain Imran Khan, resigned from his post on Monday and was swiftly replaced.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Aug 2018 | 1:55 pm

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Korea reunion: Mother and son reunite after 67 years
Lee Keum-seom and her son became separated during the Korean war in the 1950s. He was only four years old at the time.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 20 Aug 2018 | 12:47 pm

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Corrected: New Pakistan PM Khan calls for austerity; wants bullet-proof cars sold
(Corrects translation of Khan quote in para 20 to clarify he was referring to a struggle, not holy war)

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Aug 2018 | 12:15 pm

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Talks with India the way forward, says Pakistan's new foreign minister
Dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, the foreign minister in Islamabad said on Monday, fuelling hopes of a thaw in relations between the arch-foes following Imran Khan's July election victory.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Aug 2018 | 11:34 am

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Taliban reject Afghan ceasefire, kidnap nearly 200 bus passengers
The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and nearly 200 passengers travelling for a holiday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Aug 2018 | 11:32 am

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Pakistan to ban jailed ex-PM Nawaz Sharif from travelling abroad
Pakistan will bar jailed former leader Nawaz Sharif from travelling abroad, the government said on Monday, in one of the first decisions taken by new Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 20 Aug 2018 | 11:04 am

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Hong Kong politician to Trump: Kick China and Hong Kong out of the WTO
A Hong Kong politician who advocates independence from China wrote to President Donald Trump, urging him to get China and Hong Kong kicked out of the World Trade Organization.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Aug 2018 | 1:16 am

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Apple yanked 25,000 apps from its China App Store
Apple removed apps that sold fake lottery tickets and offered gambling services, which violated Apple policies, the company said.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 20 Aug 2018 | 12:41 am

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Don't expect a 'grand bargain' from new US-China trade talks, expert says
The U.S. and China are meeting later this week in Washington to try to find some common ground in their escalating trade war, but don't expect a "grand bargain," according to an international trade scholar.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Aug 2018 | 11:45 pm

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Asia closed mostly in positive territory on Monday as investors look to US-China tariff talks
Asia markets mostly ended the first trading day of the week in positive territory amid anticipation of positive developments on the U.S.-China trade front.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 19 Aug 2018 | 7:52 pm

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AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on US$2.4 billion hit from tax legislation
American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a US$2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Hezbollah - Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Trump admin to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan - sources
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said, after warning Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Aides in ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Costa back with a bang as Atletico thrash Lleida in Cup
BARCELONA: Diego Costa enjoyed a typically eventful return to action for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, scoring within six minutes of coming off the bench in his side's 4-0 King's Cup win at Lleida Esportiu but appearing to injure his knee in the process. Costa turned Juanfran's low cross into the ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm

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UN chief welcomes reopened Korean hotline
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on Jan 9 to discuss "matters of mutual interest" including the North's Olympic participation.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:23 pm

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On North Korea, Trump declares ‘talking is not the answer’ - but his defence chief Mattis quickly disagrees
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared “talking is not the answer” to the tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that diplomatic options remain and Russia demanded US restraint. Trump’s comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew UN and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea....

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 7:06 pm

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Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar as Rakhine unrest rages
At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to a reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar’s police and troops. The streets of Maungdaw –...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 11:21 am

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South Korea’s former spy chief jailed for election meddling
A former spy chief for South Korea was jailed for four years on Wednesday for leading an online campaign against the man who is now president, Moon Jae-in, during the 2012 election. Won Sei-hoon, who led the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, orchestrated an illicit smear campaign to sway voters in favour of the conservative party, led at the time by Park Geun-hye, Seoul High Court said. South Korea only fully embraced democracy in the 1990s and its intelligence services...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 10:03 am

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May in Japan seeking ‘model’ trade deal for post-Brexit UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Kyoto, at the start of an intensive three-day visit intended to reassure the country that Britain can swiftly replicate the trade benefits of EU membership after Brexit. Before meeting Abe, May reiterated her intention to kick-start post-Brexit trade by replicating existing deals signed by the EU, to be amended later as needed, saying this would provide confidence for businesses. May, who...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 8:15 am

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US faces risk of war or humiliation if it attempts to shoot down a North Korean missile
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and US officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 6:11 am

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