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    Top North Korean official to visit South for Winter Olympics

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 10:29am on February 05, 2018

    North Korea's ceremonial head of state will visit the South this week and attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony as the divided peninsula witnesses a...

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    6.1 magnitude tremor hits Taiwan

    Agence France-Presse . Taiwan | Updated at 12:50am on February 05, 2018

    A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Taiwan on late Sunday, the United States Geological Survey said. The quake’s epicentre was around...

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    Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free dissidents

    Agence France-Presse . Male | Updated at 12:37am on February 04, 2018

    Maldivian authorities Saturday announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as president Abdulla Yameen’s regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order...

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    North Korea earned $200m from banned exports, sends arms to Syria, Myanmar: UN report

    Reuters | Updated at 09:15am on February 03, 2018

    North Korea violated United Nations sanctions to earn nearly $200 million in 2017 from banned commodity exports, according to a confidential report by independent UN...

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    Japan fire kills 11 at home for elderly people

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 08:55am on February 01, 2018

    Eleven people died after a fire broke out at a residence for elderly people with financial difficulties in northern Japan, police said on Thursday...

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    SE Asia a ‘hotspot’ for antibiotic abuse: FAO

    Reuters . Bangkok | Updated at 12:03am on February 01, 2018

    Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organisation official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks...

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    Navalny freed after thousands rally against Putin and ‘pseudo-polls’

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 09:12am on January 29, 2018

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been freed after a brief spell in police detention in Moscow as thousands rallied against a March election expected...

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    Japan calls on China to up North Korea cooperation

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 01:42pm on January 28, 2018

    Japan’s foreign minister called on China to increase cooperation on curbing North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme Sunday during...

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    Mattis wants to keep pressure on North Korea

    Agence France-Presse | Updated at 12:15pm on January 27, 2018

    The United States and South Korea are going to keep tightening the screws on Pyongyang so that the hermit state gives up its nuclear programme,...

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    S Korea hospital blaze kills 37

    Agence France-Presse . Seoul | Updated at 12:05am on January 27, 2018

    A huge fire tore through a South Korean hospital on Friday killing at least 37 people, the government said, in the country’s worst blaze for...

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