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Vietnam Prime Minister sworn in by lawmakers

Vietnam's parliament approved Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the communist country's new prime minister Thursday, handing him a five-year term and a range of tough challenges from domestic economic reforms to a simmering maritime dispute with China.
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi drops ministries, takes on spokeswoman role

Yangon (AFP) - Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country's new president, a ruling party official said Monday....
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Armenia warns Nagorno-Karabakh clashes could turn into all-out war

BAKU/YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia's president warned on Monday that an outbreak of violence in breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh risked spiraling into all-out war, after a third day of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists....
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Azerbaijan, Armenia locked in deadly clashes over Karabakh

Baku (AFP) - Clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over the Nagorny Karabakh region left at least six people dead on Monday as the worst violence in decades over the disputed territory continued for a third day....
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North Korea Lashes Out at China, Threatens a ‘Nuclear Storm’

Mark Twain once noted, “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. ...
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China to US: 'Be careful' in South China Sea

Beijing (AFP) - Beijing's defence ministry on Thursday warned the US navy to "be careful" in the South China Sea and slammed a newly signed agreement between Washington and the Philippines....
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Taiwan beheading suspect beaten by angry mob

A man suspected of decapitating a four-year-old girl was beaten by an angry mob as he was detained in Taiwan, with parliament saying it would debate tougher sentences for child-killers following the shocking crime....
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China 'rounds up overseas dissidents' relatives' over letter

Chinese authorities have detained the relatives of several dissidents living abroad, they said, as part of a widening crackdown following the publication of a letter critical of President Xi Jinping....
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Japan opens radar station close to disputed isles, drawing angry China response

YONAGUNI, Japan (Reuters) - Japan on Monday switched on a radar station in the East China Sea, giving it a permanent intelligence gathering post close to Taiwan and a group of islands disputed by Japan and China, drawing an angry response from Beijing. ...
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Seoul: North Korea fires 5 short-range projectiles

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul officials said, in a continuation of weapon launches it has carried out in apparent response to ongoing South Korea-U.S. military drills it sees as a provocation....
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