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    China launches sanctions regime after US moves on TikTok, WeChat

    Agence France-Presse . Shanghai | Updated at 01:18am on September 20, 2020

    China on Saturday launched a mechanism that would allow it to sanction foreign companies, upping the ante in a tech war with the United States...

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    Abe visits war shrine days after leaving office

    Agence France-Presse . Tokyo | Updated at 11:36pm on September 19, 2020

    Shinzo Abe, who stepped down this week as Japan’s prime minister, on Saturday visited a war shrine seen by neighbouring countries as a symbol of...

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    Thousands protest against PM in Thailand

    Agence France-Presse. Bangkok | Updated at 08:22pm on September 19, 2020

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand’s royal palace on Saturday, in a huge rally calling for PM Prayut Chan-O-Cha to step...

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    China lab leak infects thousands with bacterial disease

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 12:54am on September 19, 2020

    Thousands of people in northwest China have tested positive for a bacterial disease after a leak from a state-owned biopharmaceutical plant making animal vaccines last...

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    China holds drills as US official visits Taiwan

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 11:15pm on September 18, 2020

    China said Friday it was conducting military exercises near the Taiwan Strait, as a top US diplomat visits the self-ruled island in a move that...

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    India digs tunnel to boost defences on China frontier

    Agence France-Presse .AtalRohtang Tunnel, India | Updated at 02:10pm on September 18, 2020

    A tunnel nearing completion in the Indian Himalayas will slash by hours the time it takes troops to reach the Chinese border, part of an...

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    Rohingya groups express solidarity with Myanmar's ethnic Rakhine

    Agence France-Presse. Yangon | Updated at 08:18pm on September 17, 2020

    Rohingya groups around the world displayed a rare show of solidarity on Thursday with Myanmar's ethnic Rakhine, who they say are suffering ‘horrifically familiar’ war...

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    COVID-19 infections cross 5m in India

    United News of Bangladesh/AP .New Delhi | Updated at 02:54pm on September 17, 2020

    India’s confirmed COVID-19 infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns...

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    Yoshihide Suga named Japan PM

    Agence France-Presse . Tokyo, Japan | Updated at 01:24pm on September 16, 2020

    Yoshihide Suga became Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday, with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to stick closely to policies championed by Shinzo Abe...

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    Coronavirus cases soar in India as global toll rises to 9,36,000

    Agence France-Presse. New Delhi | Updated at 10:40am on September 16, 2020

    Coronavirus infections in India soared past five million on Wednesday, as the EU’s chief warned against ‘vaccine nationalism’ in the frantic global race to battle...

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