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Carrie Lam is Hong Kong's first female chief executive

China-backed Carrie Lam has been chosen as Hong Kong's first female chief executive by the all-powerful Election Committee on Sunday (26 March). The 59-year-old former chief secretary won the first round of voting with a comfortable majority clinching 777 votes out of 1,194.
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Sex in Thai city frustrates junta

PATTAYA, Thailand (Reuters) - With mascots dressed as smiling fish and a police rock band, Thai authorities launched a "Happy Zone" at the weekend to improve the image of a city notorious for sex tourism....
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The real reason China won’t exert economic pressure on North Korea

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinks that if only he can enlist Beijing’s support, sanctions will compel Kim Jong-un to give up his nuclear arsenal – here’s why he’s wrong...
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Myanmar hard-line Buddhists protest citizenship for Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar (AP) — Hundreds of hard-line Buddhists in a Myanmar state wracked by religious violence protested Sunday against the government's plan to give citizenship to some members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority community....
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Sirens blare as Japan, fearing North Korea, holds first missile drill

Sirens blared and loudspeakers broadcast warnings in Japan's first civilian missile evacuation drill on Friday, conducted in a fishing town by officials wary about the threat of North Korean missiles....
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China waits to hear why Japanese warship going to South China Sea

China said on Tuesday it was waiting for an official word on why Japan plans to send its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, but that it hopes Japan can be responsible....
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Prominent Australians urge India's Adani to abandon giant mine

...Adani forecasts it will produce 60 million tonnes of thermal coal a year for export......
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Nothing to see but comfort for Xi at China's annual parliament

China's annual parliament followed a tight script with no surprises and little drama, evidence of President Xi Jinping's ever firmer grip ahead of a party congress later this year that could bring more of his allies into the top leadership team....
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South Korea's disgraced Park leaves Blue House, says truth will be out

EOUL (Reuters) - Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, two days after a court dismissed her over a corruption scandal, facing life as a private citizen and the possibility of jail....
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Australia PM, Musk discuss offer to fix power woes

Australia's prime minister held talks with Elon Musk on Sunday after the US innovator offered to solve the energy crisis plaguing a southern region in a hundred days -- or install the technology free....
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