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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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North Korea seeks China help on treaty with U.S., or more tests: source

BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea is seeking a peace treaty with the United States, China and South Korea to formally end the Korean War and will not stop its nuclear tests until it gets one, a person who relayed that message from North Korea to China told Reuters....
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South Korea resumes anti-North broadcasts

South Korea resumes its propaganda broadcasts into North Korea across the border and Pyongyang increases the number of forward-deployed troops. ...
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Giant statue of ex-Chinese leader Mao Zedong demolished

Beijing (AFP) - A gargantuan gold-painted statue of Communist China's founding father Mao Zedong has suddenly been demolished, apparently for lacking government approval, state media said Friday, days after images of it went viral....
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A short cultural history of west-returned Pakistanis

In the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistanis who had lived in a western country and then returned home were usually perceived to have become more informed and ‘modern’....
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From Bhutto to Zia to Musharraf, 'no apologies' should be our national motto

...Before the partition of Pakistan, when our ‘dark skinned’ brothers were still with us, we treated them with an attitude that was both racist and contemptuous. History has much to say about it. ......
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Russia sees threats from Nato and colour revolutions

President Vladimir Putin has unveiled Russia's updated national security paper labelling Nato and "colour revolutions" as major threats to the country....
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