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    Hundreds escape Papua prison after violent riots

    Agence-France-Presse . Indonesia | Updated at 12:00am on August 21, 2019

    Indonesian authorities were hunting for more than 250 inmates who escaped a Papua prison set ablaze during violent riots, officials said Tuesday, as fresh protests...

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    Twitter, FB accuse China of HK discord campaign

    Agence France-Presse . Hong Kong | Updated at 05:42pm on August 20, 2019

    Twitter and Facebook have accused the Chinese government of backing a social media campaign to discredit Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and sow political discord in...

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    Zakir Naik apologises over racial remarks

    Reuters. Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 01:43pm on August 20, 2019

    Controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik apologised on Tuesday for making racially sensitive remarks in Malaysia, a day after he was questioned by police for...

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    Singapore univs cancel HK exchange programmes

    Reuters. Singapore | Updated at 11:52am on August 20, 2019

    Singapore universities have cancelled exchange programmes to Hong Kong after Singapore warned its citizens to defer travel to the territory amid pro-democracy demonstrations, news website...

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    Way out of chaos is dialogue: HK leader

    Reuters. Hong Kong | Updated at 11:50am on August 20, 2019

    Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she hoped a peaceful weekend anti-government protest was the start of an effort to restore peace and...

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    Afghanistan blasts wound dozens on Independence Day

    Reuters . Kabul | Updated at 12:14am on August 20, 2019

    A series of bombings struck restaurants and public squares on Monday in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, wounding at least 66 people, officials said,...

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    Hong Kong readies for further protests

    Reuters . Hong Kong | Updated at 12:12am on August 20, 2019

    Hong Kong is gearing up for further protests this week after hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators braved heavy rain to rally peacefully on Sunday,...

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    Najib’s major 1MDB trial postponed

    Agence France-Presse . Kuala Lumpur | Updated at 12:00am on August 20, 2019

    Malaysian ex-leader Najib Razak’s most significant 1MDB trial, which centres on claims huge sums ended up in his bank account, was postponed Monday for a...

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    Police regain control in Papua clashes

    Reuters. Jakarta | Updated at 02:11pm on August 19, 2019

    Indonesia’s police chief said on Monday that authorities in the easternmost Papua region were regaining control after protesters set fire to tyres and torched a...

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    Iran warns US against seizure attempt

    Reuters . Dubai | Updated at 12:52pm on August 19, 2019

    An Iranian tanker sailed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday after it was released from detention off Gibraltar, and Tehran said that any at...

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