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Australia defends detaining refugee children

Australia's immigration minister has strongly defended his government's policy of detaining asylum-seeker children in camps, saying it is "effective" in deterring others from boarding boats destined for its shores.

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Heavy rains risk further landslides in #Japan

Forecasts of more heavy rains in western Japan have raised the risk of further landslides in Hiroshima, hindering efforts to locate dozens of people still missing after hills around the city collapsed earlier this week.

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#Malaysia receives bodies of MH17 passengers

The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July have arrived home.

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#China uses Deng's birth date to glorify Xi

China has seized Friday's 110th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's birth to highlight similarities between President Xi Jinping and the paramount leader who set the country on the road to economic prosperity while crushing dissent.

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#Indonesia backs president-elect amid protests

Indonesia's highest court has unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader.

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General behind #Thailand coup named PM

Thailand's coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha has been appointed prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts to silence its critics.

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#Indonesia upholds presidential poll result

IndonesiaIndonesia's highest court has unanimously upheld last month's presidential election result, paving the way for Joko Widodo to take over as leader.

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#Japan landslides leave many dead

At least 36 people have been killed in Japan as landslides started by torrential rain hit the outskirts of the city of Hiroshima, including several children, police and local media have said.

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South Korea launches military drill with US

South Korea and the United States have launched an annual military drill despite condemnation by North Korea, according to Seoul's defence ministry.

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#Indonesia rescues passengers of sunken boat

Rescuers in Indonesia have plucked to safety 13 more people including eight foreigners, two days after their tourist boat sank as it travelled between islands in the east of the archipelago, a search and rescue official has said.

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