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#Australia weighs tougher anti-terrorism laws

Tony AbbottThe Australian government will introduce tough new legislation in parliament next week to tackle terrorism, news media reports say, in the aftermath of the biggest crackdown in the country's history.

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#Australia steps up security in parliament

Australia has deployed armed police inside parliament in the face of security threats, after foiling an alleged plot by sympathisers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group for "demonstration executions" in the country.

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#Australia police raids foil 'beheading plot'

Australia policeAustralian authorities have carried out their largest "counter-terrorism" raids so far, detaining 15 people to stop an alleged plot by supporters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to carry out "demonstration killings" in public.

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Former coup leader ahead in #Fiji vote

Fiji's former military leader is headed for victory in the first democratic elections since he seized power in a coup in 2006, according to early poll tallies.

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Prominent Uighur scholar denies #China charges

A prominent Uighur academic charged with separatism has rejected evidence presented by Chinese prosecutors on the first day of a trial that has drawn criticism from international judicial and human rights activists.

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Polls close in first #Fiji vote after coup

Polls have been closed in parliamentary elections in Fiji, conducted for the first time in eight years, following a decision by the South Pacific nation's military rulers that the time was right for a transition back to democratic rule.

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Drug addicts stage mass breakout in #Vietnam

More than 400 Vietnamese drug addicts have escaped from a rehabilitation centre where they had been detained so that they could receive compulsory treatment, a local official said.

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Forest fire smog blankets #Singapore

Air pollution in Singapore has risen to unhealthy levels, officials said, after clouds of smog from fires raging across rainforests in the neighbouring Indonesian island of Sumatra covered the city-state's skyline.

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S Korean fisherman finds possible North drone

A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals' disputed sea border, military officials said.

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US man gets six years hard labour in N Korea

North Korea has sentenced one of three detained Americans to six years of hard labour, a statement carried by state media said.

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