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    Xi warns no one can dictate China’s path

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 11:12am on December 18, 2018

    President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday that no one can ‘dictate’ China’s economic development path as the Communist Party marked 40 years of its historic ‘reform...

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    Sri Lanka reinstates ousted PM

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on December 18, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday reappointed as prime minister the same man he sacked from the job nearly two months ago, ending a power struggle...

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    Maldives seize $6.5m from ex-president

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:00am on December 18, 2018

    Former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen is under investigation for corruption, police said Sunday, after a court ordered accounts holding $6.5 million to be frozen. Yameen,...

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    US officials, Afghan Taliban meet in UAE

    Reuters . Kabul | Updated at 12:00am on December 18, 2018

    Afghan Taliban representatives and US officials were due to meet in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the militants’ main spokesman said, amid diplomatic moves...

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    North Korea warns on US sanctions

    Agence France-Presse . Seoul | Updated at 12:00am on December 18, 2018

    Nuclear-armed North Korea condemned the United States over its latest sanctions measures, warning Washington’s approach could ‘block the path to denuclearisation on the Korean peninsula...

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    Singapore allows gay man to adopt son

    Reuters . Singapore | Updated at 01:24pm on December 17, 2018

    Singapore’s high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost...

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    Floods kill 13 in central Vietnam

    Agence France-Presse . Hanoi | Updated at 12:21pm on December 13, 2018

    Floods caused by heavy downpours killed 13 people in central Vietnam, officials said Thursday, as farmers scrambled to save crops and livestock ahead of worse...

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    Thai junta lifts ban on political activities

    Reuters. Bangkok | Updated at 01:50pm on December 11, 2018

    Thailand lifted a military-imposed ban on political activities that has been in place since 2014, a government statement published on the Royal Gazette website said...

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    Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:50am on December 10, 2018

    The Maldives has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, reversing a policy of isolation under autocratic leader Abdulla Yameen who suffered a shock defeat in September....

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    Japan’s empress-in-waiting ‘insecure’ but vows to serve

    Agence-France-Presse . Tokyo | Updated at 12:00am on December 10, 2018

    Japan’s crown princess Masako on Sunday pledged to do her best despite feeling ‘insecure’ about becoming empress in mere months, in a candid statement released...

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