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Australians rally around barricaded refugees on Manus

Hundreds turn out in Sydney and Melbourne to urge the government to 'bring them here' from Papua New Guinea prison camp.

Demonstrators took to the streets of Sydney and Melbourne

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Japan PM Abe: 'All options on the table' with N Korea

As President Trump arrives in Tokyo, Japan's conservative leader manoeuvres to rewrite the pacifist constitution.

Shinzo Abe, left, toasts with Donald Trump

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North Korea denounces American 'nuclear strike drill'

Stealth bomber mission over South Korea shows the US is 'seeking to ignite a nuclear war', official news agency says.

B1-B Lancer bombers

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North Korea: Nuclear deterrent prevents US invasion

As three aircraft carrier strike groups head towards the Korean Peninsula, state media denounces US 'muscle-flexing'.

USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier

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Philippines: Indonesian ISIL fighter arrested in Marawi

Muhammad Ilham Syaputra, who claimed to have played a role in an attack in Indonesia, fought with ISIL-linked attackers.

Marawi

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Singapore bans Mufti Menk from entering country

Accused of promoting religious discord, renowned Islamic preacher has been barred from attending cruise.

Mufti Ismail Menk

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'Massive military response' if N Korea fires nukes: US

Defence Secretary James Mattis warns Kim Jong-un's regime 'many military options' in play if it launches an attack.

Mattis, right, and South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo

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Stop threatening nuclear catastrophe, US warns N Korea

Visiting the demilitarised zone in South Korea, Pentagon chief Mattis says the US does not want war with North Korea.

James Mattis, centre,

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Inferno at Indonesia fireworks factory kills 47

An explosion and raging fire at a fireworks factory near Jakarta kills 47 and injures dozens, police say.

Indonesian forensic policemen

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China helpful, Russia hurtful on US N- Korea policy

Trump says it will be easier to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue if the US has a better relationship with Russia.

Trump and Putin

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