India e-cigarettes: Ban announced to prevent youth 'epidemic'
The government says vaping poses a health risk to the young, rather than an alternative to smoking.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 18 Sep 2019 | 9:05 am

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Pakistan's anti-graft agency arrests opposition leader
Pakistan's anti-graft agency said on Wednesday it had arrested opposition Pakistan People's Party leader Khursheed Shah over questions around the source of his income.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Sep 2019 | 8:40 am

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Pakistan PM aims to restart Afghan peace talks
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that his government would try to revive Afghanistan peace talks that recently broke down between the United States and the Taliban militant group.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:51 am

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Suicide bomber and gunmen hit eastern Afghanistan government office
A suicide bomber and gunmen wounded at least nine people, including a child and a woman, in an attack on a government building in eastern Afghan on Wednesday, officials said.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Sep 2019 | 7:22 am

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Suicide bomber, gunmen attack government building in eastern Afghanistan: officials
Gunmen and at least one suicide bomber attacked a government building in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, wounding nine people including a child and a woman, officials said.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 18 Sep 2019 | 6:04 am

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Menstrual blood ad complaints dismissed in Australia
The controversial adverts featured realistic depictions of blood on pads and in the shower.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 18 Sep 2019 | 5:02 am

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Australian hiker rescued after 'carrying' broken leg for two days
Neil Parker began his agonising trip to safety after falling 6m (20ft) down a waterfall in Australia.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 18 Sep 2019 | 2:05 am

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Giant panda death in Thailand leaves China asking questions
The death of Chuang Chuang, who was famous for efforts to stimulate his sex drive, has caused anger.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 17 Sep 2019 | 11:24 pm

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Lord of the Rings returns to New Zealand with Amazon TV show
The TV series produced by the US e-commerce giant has been tipped to be the most expensive ever made.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 17 Sep 2019 | 11:16 pm

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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 17 Sep 2019 | 9:34 pm

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Asia Pacific stocks mixed as investors await Fed interest rate decision
Investors await the Fed's latest decision on monetary policy, set to be released on Wednesday stateside. The U.S. central bank is widely expected to cut rates by 25 basis points.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 17 Sep 2019 | 7:29 pm

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Israel's Netanyahu fights to hang on to power in second general election this year
The ballot comes at a precarious time for the country's longest serving prime minister, with the right-wing incumbent facing formidable challenges.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 17 Sep 2019 | 3:05 am

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China says 'vice ministerial' officials will be in Washington for trade talks
Chinese officials are expected to be in Washington this week to hold consultations with the U.S. ahead of high-level trade talks in October.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 16 Sep 2019 | 10:37 pm

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Elon Musk testified he worried Thai cave rescuer might be 'another Jeffrey Epstein'
New court filings reveal that Elon Musk's family office spent tens of thousands on a private investigator to dig up details about Thai cave rescue hero Vernon Unsworth, after Musk called him a "pedo" on Twitter.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 16 Sep 2019 | 8:05 pm

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Asia trades mixed as oil prices remain elevated amid geopolitical tensions
West Texas Intermediate futures as well as the international benchmark Brent both gained more than 14% in the overnight session.

Source: Asia-Pacific News | 16 Sep 2019 | 8:00 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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