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#Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China's influence is growing.

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North Korea to publish 'rosy' rights report

North Korea has said it is to publish its own "rosy" human rights report, six months after a UN inquiry published a list of violations so severe as to amount to crimes against humanity.

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#Australia PM 'appalled' by decapitation photo

An image of what is believed to be the young son of an Australian man holding a decapitated head in Syria shows how barbaric the Islamic State "terrorist army" is, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said.

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#China to send orbiter to moon and back

China will launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year, the government has announced, in the latest step in its ambitious space programme.

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Australian couple deny deserting 'sick' child

An Australian couple, who were accused of abandoning a baby boy that they had with a Thai surrogate woman because he had Down's syndrome, has denied the accusation and said they would fight to get the child back.

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Nigerian quarantined in Hong Kong over #Ebola

A Nigerian man who was quarantined after he showed Ebola-like symptoms during a trip to Hong Kong has tested negative for the deadly virus.

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Typhoon Halong wounds dozens as it hits #Japan

Typhoon Halong has hit western Japan, leaving dozens of people injured while the coastguard searched for a man who went missing apparently while surfing when the storm hit.

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Dozens killed in #Tibet bus accident

A tour bus has plunged into a Tibetan valley after hitting two vehicles, killing 44 people and injuring 11, China's official news agency Xinhua reported.

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#China frees human rights lawyer

A Chinese human rights lawyer whose secret detention and alleged torture by Communist authorities prompted an international outcry has been released after a three-year jail sentence, his wife and a relative said.

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#China tightens control over instant messaging

China's government has tightened control over popular instant messaging services after reportedly telling a South Korea official that access to some foreign services was blocked because they were used to exchange terrorism-related information.

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