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China says Japanese military endangering Chinese aircraft

China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused Japanese air force jets of locking their radars on to Chinese military aircraft, acting provocatively and endangering safety, after Japan said it is scrambling a record number of fighter jets.
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Huge crowd of mourning Thais sings royal anthem in honor of late king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A huge crowd of Thais gathered on Saturday outside Bangkok's Grand Palace to sing the royal anthem in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died on Oct. 13 after seven decades on the throne....
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Duterte: I rejected US proposal to make Davao City base for drone operations

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — [President] Rodrigo Duterte revealed that the US government had asked his permission to use the city’s old airport as an operating base for its drone program. ...
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Japan may accelerate missile defense upgrades in wake of North Korean tests: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may accelerate around $1 billion of planned spending to upgrade its ballistic missile defenses in the wake of rocket tests suggesting North Korea is close to fielding a more potent medium-range missile, three government sources told Reuters....
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South Korea's Park urges preparations for mass North defections

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday told her government to prepare for large-scale defections from North Korea, just days after direct appealing to its citizens to flee their country....
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Residents of Khomeini Chowk protest official ‘apathy’

Residents of Khomeini Chowk Bemina on Friday staged protest against the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) and Power Development Department (PDD) for failing to make adequate arrangements for Muharram....
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Putin's popularity: the envy of other politicians

MOSCOW (AP) — Donald Trump's statement that Russian President Vladimir Putin enjoys an 82 percent approval rating among his people wasn't hyperbole. Russia's two main polling agencies consistently give the man in the Kremlin ratings that would be the envy of Trump or his rival in the U.S. presidential election, Hillary Clinton....
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Duterte tells regional leaders, U.S. not to lecture Philippines on rights

VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday defended his country's human rights record at a regional summit in Laos, urging East Asian leaders and the United States to help Manila eradicate the scourge of illicit drugs....
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Vietnam moves new rocket launchers into disputed S.China Sea - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China's runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials....
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Children held at Australian camp suffer assaults, sexual abuse-leaked documents

SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported in about two years at an Australian detention center for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, a newspaper reported on Wednesday....
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