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North Korea 'fires more projectiles into sea'

North Korea has launched two projectiles into the sea off its east coast, in an apparent continuation of a recent series of missile and artillery test launches, South Korean has said.

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Merkel: US spying allegations are serious

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said allegations that a German man worked as a double agent for US intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear contradiction of what cooperation between partners is supposed to be about.

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Jokowi's victory claim disputed in #Indonesia

Joko WidodoEx-general Prabowo Subianto has refused to accept a victory claim from his rival, Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, after a closely-fought presidential race in Indonesia.

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China's Xi urges 'respect' as Kerry visits

John KerryConfrontation between China and the United States would be a disaster and both must respect each others' sovereignty, Chinese President Xi Jinping said as he opened annual talks between the world's two biggest economies.

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#Japan urges evacuation as typhoon moves in

Typhoon NeoguriOne person has died in Japan, while 500,000 residents were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were cancelled, as a powerful typhoon brought heavy rains and strong winds to its southwestern islands.

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Refugees get temporary reprieve in #Australia

asylum seekersThe Australian government has promised not to hand over a group of 153 asylum seekers to the Sri Lankan government without three days' notice amid a court challenge and uproar from human rights groups.

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#Australia returns asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Australia has confirmed it handed over a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lankan authorities in a transfer at sea, drawing outrage from rights groups who fear those on board could face persecution when they go home.

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#Japan islands brace for powerful typhoon

A powerful super typhoon is threatening Japan's Okinawa islands with violent winds and torrential rains, and has forced the US air force base to move some of its aircraft.

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Merkel arrives in #China for trade talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in China for her seventh visit since 2005, with economic ties topping the agenda and a high-powered business delegation in tow.

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NZ court clears Maori royal to protect title

The heir to New Zealand's Maori throne has been cleared of theft and drink driving charges on the basis it could jeopardise his chances of inheriting the title of king.

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