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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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Thousands join Hong Kong anti-Occupy protest

Tens of thousands have protested in Hong Kong against plans by pro-democracy activists to paralyse the city centre with a mass sit-in unless China grants acceptable electoral reforms.

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Pope beatifies South Korea's Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Christian "martyrs" in the South Korean capital, and challenged Christians on the values they may be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic and globalised world.

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Pope warns S Koreans of affluence 'cancer'

Pope Francis urged South Koreans, among Asia's richest people, to beware of the spiritual "cancer" that often accompanies affluent societies, as he led a Mass on Friday to commemorate the more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April.

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Pope calls for peace as N Korea tests rockets

Pope Francis has called for renewed efforts to forge peace on the Korean Peninsula as he opened a five-day visit to South Korea with a message of reconciliation, as North Korea fired five rockets into the sea.

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N Korea tests missiles as pope visits Seoul

North Korea has fired three short-range projectiles into the sea less than an hour before Pope Francis arrived for the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years, South Korea's defense ministry has said.

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Floods batter southwestern #China

Downpours have battered a large area of southwestern China, triggering flash floods, cutting off power supplies and disrupting transport in some parts, state media has reported.

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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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