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Joko Widodo: Police should shoot suspected drug dealers

Joko Widodo supports increasing use of force against suspected drug traffickers as country faces 'narcotics emergency'.

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MPs back Duterte's bid to extend Mindanao martial law

Congress backs bid by President Duterte to give army further powers in order to clear fighters from troubled region.

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UN envoy complains of state surveillance in Myanmar

Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee says activists and journalists continue to be followed and questioned by state agents.

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Philippines freezes peace talks with communist rebels

Philippine government halts talks with communist rebels after series of attacks as president vows new offensive.

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S Korea urges North to accept military talks offer

North Korea has not replied to calls for talks and separate offers to negotiate the reunification of divided families.

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China punishes 210,000 officials for corruption

Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog says it has punished 210,000 officials for corruption in first half of 2017.

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Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia banned 'to protect unity'

Move against Hizbut Tahrir follows controversial decree allowing officials to disband groups threatening national unity.

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Guilty verdicts for Rohingya trafficking deaths

Many of the victims found in mass graves were Rohingya Muslims – a persecuted minority from Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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Duterte seeks to extend martial law amid ISIL threat

Philippine leader seeks congress approval to keep military rule in Mindanao region until end of 2017 amid ISIL threat.

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Myanmar: UN probe 'can only aggravate' Rakhine tension

Aung San Suu Kyi's security adviser dismisses UN investigation into alleged rape and killings of Rohingya Muslims.

Rakhine state

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