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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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Australian magnate offers #China apology

Australian mining magnate and politician Clive Palmer has apologised to China's ambassador to Australia for a tirade in which he referred to the Chinese government as "bastards", setting off a firestorm in Canberra and Beijing.

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#China calls Zimbabwe's Mugabe an 'old friend'

China's President Xi Jinping has hailed Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe - a pariah in the West - as a renowned African liberation leader and an "old friend" of the Chinese people.

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Thai king endorses coup leader as PM

Thailand's king has endorsed coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament, paving the way for the formation of an interim government.

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#Macau arrests five over pro-democracy poll

Police in the global gambling hub of Macau have arrested five people involved with an informal poll to measure support for direct elections of the Chinese-controlled city's leader.

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#Japan ready to offer flu drug for #Ebola

Japan said it is ready to provide a Japanese-developed anti-influenza drug as potential treatment to fight the rapidly expanding Ebola outbreak.

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#China executes Tiananmen Square 'attackers'

China has executed eight people for alleged "terrorist" attacks across the country, including three who "masterminded" a car crash in the capital Beijing's Tiananmen Square last year, state media has said.

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Death toll in #Japan landslides mounts

The death toll from the midweek landslides in southwestern Japan has risen, as fresh rain stoked fears of more disasters and hampered the round-the-clock search for survivors.

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#China blocks Beijing film festival

Chinese authorities have blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, seizing documents and films from organisers and hauling away two event officials in a sign that Beijing is stepping up its already tight ideological controls.

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