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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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    World's top glove maker under fire in Malaysia

    Reuters. Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 09:39pm on December 08, 2018

    Malaysian labour rights groups have called for an investigation into the world's largest glove maker, Top Glove, after cases were uncovered of migrant workers toiling...

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    Rouhani brands US sanctions ‘economic terrorism’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 02:03pm on December 08, 2018

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were ‘economic terrorism’, as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday.  ‘America’s...

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    Thousands of Myanmar women forced into marriage in China: study

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 01:40am on December 08, 2018

    Thousands of vulnerable women and girls from northern Myanmar are being trafficked to China and forced to marry, a study said Friday, offering a rare...

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    India’s polluted air claimed 1.24m lives in 2017: study

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 01:06am on December 08, 2018

    India’s toxic air claimed 1.24 million lives in 2017, or 12.5 per cent of total deaths recorded that year, according to a study published in...

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    Lanka court extends ban on president sacking parliament

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:37am on December 08, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s highest court Friday banned president Maithripala Sirisena from sacking the legislature until it decides on the legality of his move last month to...

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    Pakistan will no longer fight someone else’s war: Imran Khan

    Agence France-Presse . Islamabad | Updated at 12:31am on December 08, 2018

    Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else’s war, prime minister Imran Khan said Friday, striking a note of defiance against...

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    Indonesia hunts suspects in alleged Papua mass killing

    Agence France-Presse . Wamena | Updated at 12:11am on December 06, 2018

    Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as 24 construction workers in restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by...

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