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    Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 281

    Agence France-Presse . Jakarta | Updated at 10:37am on December 23, 2018

    A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, officials...

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    Gatekeeper at Japan's 'Suicide Forest' hopes music can save lives

    Agence France-Presse . Narusawa | Updated at 11:13am on December 21, 2018

    From his hut on the edge of Japan's ‘Suicide Forest’, Kyochi Watanabe blasts John Lennon's ‘Imagine’ into the night -- hoping that music can lift...

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    North Korea says denuclearisation includes ‘eliminating US nuclear threat’

    Reuters . Seoul | Updated at 01:15pm on December 20, 2018

    North Korea's commitment to the ‘denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula’ also includes ‘completely eliminating the US nuclear threat to Korea,’ North Korean state media said...

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    China warns US against arming space

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 12:00am on December 20, 2018

    China said Wednesday it opposed the ‘weaponisation’ of space as it criticised US President Donald Trump’s orders to create a new command centre for controlling...

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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...