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North Korea fires ballistic missile, challenging Trump

US and South Korean officials condemn launch and agree to explore ways to suppress "North Korean provocations".

Kim Jong-un

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Hun Sen rival Sam Rainsy resigns for 'sake of party'

Sam Rainsy's decision comes after long-serving prime minister proposes political party law seen as targeting opposition.

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South Island: More whales stranded as hundreds die

New group of 240 whales become beached in biggest stranding on record as volunteers struggle to return animals to sea.

whales

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Mass rally against Purnama ahead of Jakarta vote

Huge crowds attend Istiqlal Mosque gathering to protest against incumbent governor facing trial on blasphemy charges.

Ahok

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Jitters in Hong Kong over billionaire's disappearance

Reported abduction of Xiao Jianhua by Chinese agents unnverves businessmen with links to semi-autonomous territory.

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Trump supports 'One China' policy in call with Xi

US president reaffirms Washington's position recognising China's sovereignty over Taiwan, in a move welcomed by Beijing.

Donald Trump

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Donald Trump wants 'constructive' ties with China

Uncertainty has prevailed after Trump accused Beijing of unfair trade practices and criticised China's military buildup.

Trump widely criticised China

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Myanmar monks held after four million meth pills found

Three Buddhist monks arrested after authorities found about $6m worth of methamphetamine pills in car and monastery.

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Malaysian ship with aid for Rohingya docks in Myanmar

Vessel carrying 2,300 tonnes of aid for persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority met by Buddhist protesters.

Rohingya refugee women

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Pope Francis decries atrocities on Rohingya Muslims

Francis says community members targeted 'simply because they want to live their culture and their Muslim faith'.

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