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Hong Kong police disperse pro-democracy group

Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists who stormed a security check-point at a venue where a senior Chinese official was explaining Beijing's decision not to grant the former British colony full democracy.

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N Korea fires short-range projectile into sea

North Korea has fired a short-range projectile towards the sea off its east coast in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials from South Korea have said.

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#China denies Hong Kong full democracy

China has endorsed a framework for the first direct election in Hong Kong in two years, but stopped short of allowing citizens of the special administrative region from directly nominating candidates, which activists have been demanding.

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#China rebukes 'foreign meddling' in Hong Kong

China has warned against any foreign interference ahead of a crucial ruling on Hong Kong's political future, saying Beijing will not tolerate the use of the city "as a bridgehead to subvert and infiltrate the mainland".

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NZ minister quits over smear campaign links

New Zealand's justice minister Judith Collins has resigned amid a scandal about her ties to a controversial blogger and leaked emails linking her to smear campaigns against rivals.

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India's prime minister embarks on Japan visit

India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Japan on a five-day official visit, with defence, nuclear and infrastructure cooperation being high on bilateral agenda.

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Hong Kong media magnate's home searched

Hong Kong's anti-corruption police have searched the homes of a media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes.

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New search area located for missing MH370 jet

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 will focus on the southern part of the existing search zone after a new clue to the plane's possible location emerged, Australia has said.

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#China rejects #Taiwan breach of airspace claim

Beijing has rejected Taipei's claim that two Chinese military aircraft had breached Taiwan's airspace four times, saying it was a "routine flight".

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Deadly flash floods hit South Korea

At least five people have been killed and five others reported missing after heavy rains pummelled the southern parts of South Korea, the state's disaster management agency has said.

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