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The International Atomic Energy Agency says North Korea has ordered its inspectors to leave the country as soon as possible.

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SEOUL (AFP) — South Korea has opened a new agency to promote ties with Southeast Asia in a ceremony attended by Thai Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.


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Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has accused China of killing hundreds of thousands of his people and transforming his homeland into a "hell on earth."

Cebu trip ends in tragedy for scuba divers

Timothy Chui The Standard 10.03.2009
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Two Hong Kong residents have died in a scuba-diving incident in Cebu in the Philippines.


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North Korea says it has put its military on full combat alert in advance of a big military exercise by US and South Korean forces.

Sri Lankan cricketers injured in deadly gun attack in Pakistan

Isambard Wilkinson in Lahore and staff Telegraph 03.03.2009
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At least five people have been killed and eight Sri Lankan cricketers wounded in a shooting attack by a dozen gunmen in the Pakistani city of Lahore.


Japanese finance minister stepping down

MARI YAMAGUCHI AP 17.02.2009
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Japan's finance minister announced Tuesday he will step down because of health problems after facing allegations he was drunk at a recent summit meeting, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Taro Aso's already shaky government.

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Japan's economy shrank at an annualised pace of 12.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008 -- its worst performance since 1974 -- as the recession deepened, official figures showed Monday.


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The China Association for International Friendly Contact and the Beijing Association for International Friendly Contact cosponsored a friendly meeting and a reception in Beijing on Feb. 11 on the occasion of the birthday of General Secretary Kim J...

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Myanmar's senior official in Hong Kong has described the Rohingya people as "ugly as ogres" in a letter sent to media and foreign officials after a high-profile refugee case highlighted their plight.


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Taiwan's former first lady Wu Shu-jen has pleaded guilty in connection with a massive graft case embroiling her family.

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Sri Lanka's rebel Tamil Tigers will be "completely defeated in a few days" the country's president has said in an address marking national day celebrations.


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Three relatives of Taiwan's former president Chen Shui-bian have pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering, as part of a massive corruption case in which the ex-leader has been implicated.

Sri Lankan army 'takes more Tiger territory'

Sri Lankan troops say they have taken more territory from Tamil Tiger rebels in the northern Jaffna peninsula. The army says troops seized the town of Pallai, a key Tiger position, after heavy fighting, and that it hopes to capture the entire nort...


Pakistan: India gunman is citizen

Al Jazeera 08.01.2009
Pakistan: India gunman is citizen

Pakistani officials have acknowledged for the first time that the lone surviving suspected gunman from November's attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai attacks is of Pakistani origin.

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TOKYO (AP) — Japan said Tuesday it plans to ask Australia and possibly New Zealand and Chile to ban an anti-whaling protest ship from using their ports to refuel, heightening a cat-and-mouse game in Antarctic waters between Japan's whaling fleet a...


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COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankans celebrated the fall of the Tamil Tigers' de facto capital with street parties, but military observers say bloodier battles may still lie ahead as the rebels take refuge in the jungles.

19 dead still unidentified after Bangkok blaze

BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- Investigators posted photos of the unidentified victims of a catastrophic nightclub fire outside a Bangkok police station Friday in hopes that relatives would be able to identify them.


Sri Lankan troops march into rebel headquarters

Ranga Sirilal Reuters 02.01.2009
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Sri Lankan troops marched into the Tamil Tigers' de facto capital of Kilinochchi and the town is about to fall into government hands, an official said on Friday, in what would be a major blow for the rebels. The Sri Lankan military has had a serie...

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Election officials in Bangladesh have confirmed that the political alliance of ex-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won a commanding majority of seats in the country's parliamentary elections.



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