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China urges Indonesia to release crew as sea row escalates

China called on Indonesia Monday to release the crew of a Chinese fishing boat detained during a maritime confrontation, as Jakarta lodged a furious protest in the escalating row.
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China says U.S.-Philippines base deal raises questions

BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday agreements like the one reached last week by the United States and the Philippines allowing for a U.S. military presence at five Philippine bases raised questions about militarization in the South China Sea....
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US expands Laos warning after attacks on tourist route

The United States issued a new travel warning for Laos on Monday after the latest shooting attacks against traffic on a road much used by international tourists....
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China's Xi says won't allow Taiwan to be 'split' off again

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will never allow the tragedy of Taiwan being "split" off from the rest of the country to happen again, state media on Sunday quoted President Xi Jinping as saying, offering a strong warning to the island against any moves towards independence....
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Philippines impounds North Korean ship under UN sanctions

The Philippines said on Saturday it had impounded a North Korean vessel in response to tough new United Nations sanctions introduced in response to Pyongyang's recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests....
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Malaysia's Mahathir joins with old enemies, including Anwar, to push out PM

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad on Friday joined hands with long-standing foes, including the party of the jailed Anwar Ibrahim, to crank up pressure on scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak to quit, marking a seismic political shift....
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Witness recounts Khmer Rouge cannibalism

An ethnic Muslim former prisoner of the Khmer Rouge regime on Monday told a court that he was forced to witness the execution of a woman whose liver was then removed and cooked in front of him....
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Philippine army kills 42 Islamist militants in battles in south

Philippine security forces killed as many as 42 Muslim rebels claiming links with Islamic State and captured their stronghold during five days of fighting in the mountains of a southern island, an army spokesman said on Friday....
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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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