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UN chief tours disaster-hit Indonesia as World Bank pledges aid

Antonio Guterres offers condolences to victims of Palu, as thousands gather to pray two weeks after the disaster.

Antonio Guterres

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Hong Kong leader refuses to explain journalist visa denial

Financial Times' Asia editor angered authorities by hosting a forum featuring a leader of a pro-independence party.

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Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Government plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt the 1200 pending executions.

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Taiwan to bolster military in face of China threats

China's 'intimidation and diplomatic pressure' threatening peaceful stability in Taiwan Strait: President Tsai Ing-wen.

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China legalises 're-education camps' in Xinjiang

Centres tasked to teach Mandarin Chinese, legal concepts and vocational training, and carry out 'thought education'.

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Seoul may lift some sanctions against Pyongyang

Deal between rival states calls for creation of buffer zones along the Koreas' land and sea boundaries.

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Cambodia calls EU trade threat 'extreme injustice'

The EU announced Cambodia could lose its special access to European markets over undemocratic practices.

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Rodrigo Duterte doesn't have cancer, official says

Speculation had swirled the fiery leader may have cancer after repeated tests but aide says condition 'not serious'.

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Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea, says Seoul

South Korea's Moon says the North Korean leader has invited the pope to highlight peace efforts on the peninsula.

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Singapore court convicts activist, politician over Facebook posts

Jolovan Wham and John Tan face up to three years in jail after judge finds pair guilty of contempt for their remarks.

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