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North Korea confirms new military chief after reported execution

Seoul (AFP) - North Korean state media on Sunday confirmed the country has a new military chief following earlier reports in Seoul that the former holder of the post had been executed.
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N. Koreans outside closed factories lose steady water supply

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Among the losers in the retaliatory sparring between the rival Koreas are residents who had been depending on a rarity in impoverished North Korea: a steady supply of water from the now-shuttered jointly run factory park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong....
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S. Korea: North blew up rocket stage to confound analysts

TOKYO (AP) — Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong....
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North Korean rocket puts object into space, angers neighbors, U.S.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it called a satellite, but its neighbors and the United States denounced the launch as a missile test, conducted in defiance of U.N. sanctions and just weeks after a nuclear bomb test....
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Bhutan's royal couple announce birth of baby prince

Bhutan's royal couple on Saturday announced the birth of their first child, a baby prince, delighting the remote Himalayan kingdom where the monarchy is revered....
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Use of 'dictator law' rises in Thailand as junta's reforms falter

Thai junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha is relying increasingly on a security measure dubbed "the dictator's law" to push through unpopular policies and kickstart stalled reforms, say critics, who warn it could spark further opposition to military rule....
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North Korea sends South Korea balloons full of literal sh*t

Most of the time, balloons are just full of helium, and maybe confetti. Unless you're living in South Korea....
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Re-elected Vietnam communist boss defends one-party rule

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's re-elected leader, a 71-year-old Communist Party ideologue, made it clear Wednesday that one-party rule was here to stay, insisting that the collective leadership he heads is a far better alternative to what he called authoritarianism disguised as democracy....
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Japan's emperor visiting the Philippines, a former WWII site

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's emperor said Tuesday that his nation must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and his wife embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country....
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Tokyo congratulates Taiwan's Tsai on victory

Japan has congratulated Taiwan's first woman president Tsai Ing-wen after she swept to power in a landslide election victory, with Tokyo pledging to deepen ties with its neighbour....
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