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Duterte orders troops to occupy South China Sea reefs

Philippines seeks to assert its claim over disputed Spratly islands, reefs and cays in a move that could provoke rivals.

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Thai king endorses new constitution, 20th since 1932

Critics say the charter is undemocratic and will allow the military to keep its grip on power even after elections.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn

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Aung San Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Myanmar leader's remarks come despite UN and rights groups saying army crackdown may amount to crimes against humanity.

Aung San Suu Kyi

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North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

US-South Korean announcement follows threats by the North of retaliation against expansion of international sanctions.

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Floodwaters still rising as police search for missing

Two dead and several missing as torrential rain inundates large areas of eastern Australia following Cyclone Debbie.

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Missing S Korean ship believed sunk off Uruguay

Large South Korean cargo ship with 24 crew on board goes missing in South Atlantic Ocean after making a distress call.

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Suu Kyi wins half of seats in Myanmar by-elections

The party of the Nobel laureate wins nine out of 19 seats in the national and regional parliaments.

Myanmar by-elections

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Duterte allies seek power to postpone village elections

Duterte allies cite war on drugs in move to postpone local elections, that would vastly extend the president's powers.

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Court approves warrant for ex-leader Park's arrest

Ousted president can be held in a cell for up to 20 days while she is probed on multiple charges, including bribery.

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118 foreign detainees 'die' in Malaysia in two years

Report says more than half of the 118 dead are from Myanmar, the source for thousands of refugees coming to Malaysia.

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