Canadian Michael Spavor detained in China as Huawei row continues
China detains two Canadians as a row continues over the arrest of a Chinese businesswoman in Canada.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 13 Dec 2018 | 5:23 am

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Afghan forces seek to press Taliban by targeting field commanders
Afghan forces, backed by U.S. advisers and air power, are targeting Taliban field commanders seen as a major obstacle to possible peace talks, as they step up military pressure on the insurgents, security officials said.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 13 Dec 2018 | 5:06 am

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These are the best tech companies to work for in India
Multinational firms like Adobe, Microsoft, SAP and Cisco are leading the way when it comes to attracting India's top tech talents.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 13 Dec 2018 | 2:31 am

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Australia seizes squirrels 'smuggled on plane from Bali'
The two animals from Indonesia were put down after being deemed a disease threat to Australia.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 13 Dec 2018 | 1:25 am

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Walmart is keeping the faith in its $16 billion bet to take on Amazon
The bumper purchase of India's Flipkart is yet to impress investors but Walmart says the deal is already paying off.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 13 Dec 2018 | 1:20 am

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Leopard kills Indian Buddhist monk meditating in forest
The man was "meditating under a tree" in a protected tiger reserve in western India.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 13 Dec 2018 | 12:56 am

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Insight: In fear of the state - Bangladeshi journalists self-censor as election approaches
With less than a month to go to a general election, many journalists in Bangladesh say they are living in fear of ever-tightening media laws and engaging in self-censorship as a result.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 13 Dec 2018 | 12:00 am

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Factbox: Bangladesh's broad media laws
Bangladesh has some broad media laws to tackle issues ranging from defamation to fake news, and the spread of propaganda, but many in the local media allege these laws are now being used to curb free speech and rein in press freedom in the country.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 12 Dec 2018 | 11:53 pm

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North and South Korea soldiers cross DMZ in peace
The historic exchanges were part of moves to dismantle guard posts on the heavily guarded border.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 12 Dec 2018 | 11:27 pm

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Japan opens the door to more foreigners. That may not solve its labor woes
Japan's newly loosened immigration rules are a step in the right direction, but they may still be insufficient to mitigate the nation's dwindling workforce, economists warn.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 12 Dec 2018 | 10:02 pm

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'If the factory closes what could I afford to eat?'
As the EU threatens to end Cambodia's tariff-free status, textile workers fear it could lead to factory closures and job losses.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 12 Dec 2018 | 7:06 pm

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Asia markets close higher, Greater China shares lead gains
Asian stocks closed higher on Thursday, with shares in Greater China leading gains after the positive momentum seen on Wall Street overnight.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 12 Dec 2018 | 6:47 pm

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German automakers BMW, Daimler stand to benefit the most if China cuts US auto tariffs
Mercedes and BMW both have big U.S. plants that each import more cars to China than Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler combined.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 12 Dec 2018 | 2:48 pm

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Soccer: FIFA suspends Afghanistan football chief after women's team abuse investigation
Global soccer body FIFA has provisionally banned the president of the Afghan Football Federation (AFF) Keramuddin Keram from all football-related activities due to an ongoing probe into allegations of abuse in the country's women's team.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 12 Dec 2018 | 10:30 am

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Afghan forces abandon district after Taliban pressure
Afghan forces abandoned a remote district in the west of the country, leaving the area to Taliban insurgents after the government failed to resupply dozens of troops stationed there, provincial officials said on Wednesday.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 12 Dec 2018 | 9:36 am

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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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