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How Thailand kept cigarettes cheap despite a tax hike

State-owned company says new brand aims to protect health of low-income smokers, but campaigners decry double standards.

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Scientists find likely ancestor of mystery 'Hobbit'

Fossils unearthed on the Indonesian island of Flores may resolve one of the most intriguing mysteries in anthropology.

Homo floresiensis

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US presses China to cut steel production

Washington envoys press Beijing to cut excess steel production that is flooding global markets.

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Rodrigo Duterte: Shoot a drug dealer, get a medal

The Philippines' president-elect has urged citizens with guns to shoot and kill drug dealers.

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Hong Kong vigil pays tribute to China's Tiananmen dead

Tens of thousands attend candlelit event, but student groups boycott annual gathering amid calls for greater autonomy.

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Severe weather slams Brisbane and Sydney

Flooding and destructive winds continue to pound the east coast of Australia.

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Muhammad Ali was 'like the Pope' in the Philippines

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao says Muhammad Ali, who fought in Manila in 1975 against Joe Frazier, was an inspiration.

Ali-Frazier bout in the Manila

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40 dead tiger cubs found in Thailand temple freezer

At least 40 dead tiger cubs, a dead bear and various horns found at infamous Tiger Temple, wildlife officials say.

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Tigers removed from popular Thai Buddhist temple

Wildlife authorities raid temple which attracts tourists as petting zoo but faces allegations of wildlife trafficking.

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Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte names new cabinet

President-elect announces 34 new officials giving assurances on their "honesty and integrity".

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