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Anti-corruption activist on trial in China

A Chinese anti-corruption campaigner has gone on trial in Beijing, according to his lawyer, joining two others who appeared in court this week as China's government cracks down on activists.

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Flight MH370 search continues in signal zone

Ships and planes hunting for the missing Malaysian Flight MH370 have intensified their search efforts in the area where sounds consistent with a plane's "black box" were picked up in the waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Indonesian election poll puts PDI-P ahead

Initial counts of Indonesia's parlaimentary poll has put the opposition Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead, but it is unlikely to get enough seats to independently field a presidential candidate.

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Indonesians begin voting in national election

Indonesians have started voting in national and local elections amid claims of vote-buying by candidates, poor funding of election bodies and delays caused by bad weather.

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Plane search teams detect new pings

Australian officials say the new signals will help narrow the search area for the plane on ill-fated Flight MH370Australian officials say that two new "ping" signals have been detected in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, injecting fresh confidence into the search that has been struggling with a lack of information.

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'Time running out' for plane search

An Australian ship which picked up possible "pings" from the black box recorders of a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has been unable to detect any further signals and time is running out to narrow the massive search, officials have said.

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Philippine court upholds birth control law

The Philippine Supreme Court has struck down a legal challenge to a controversial birth control law that supporters say could transform the lives of millions of poor Filipinos, despite bitter opposition from the country's powerful Roman Catholic Church.

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UN raises alarm over Rohingya Muslim abuse

A UN human rights envoy says severe shortages of food, water and medical care for Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar are part of a long history of persecution against the religious minority that could amount to "crimes against humanity".

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Thai 'Red Shirts' vow to fight for Yingluck

Thailand's pro-government "Red Shirt" supporters of the embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have rallied for a second day, vowing to protect her against a slew of legal challenges that could see her toppled within weeks.

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US boosts defences against N Korea missiles

The United States is to deploy two additional ballistic missile defence destroyers to Japan to counter North Korean missile threats, the US defence secretary has announced during a visit to Tokyo.

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