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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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Hong Kong democracy rally organisers arrested

Hong Kong police have arrested the organisers of the biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the arrests as "political suppression".

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#Japan exorcist arrested over woman's death

A professional exorcist is among three people arrested over the death of a woman who reportedly died after being forced to a drink large volumes of water.

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#China attacks #Japan for 'barbarous' past

Xi JinpingChina's president has sharply criticised Japan's history of military aggression in China and South Korea, during a speech in Seoul that came days after Tokyo changed its pacifist constitution.

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#China bans Ramadan fasting in Muslim province

Students and civil servants in China's Muslim northwest have been ordered by the state to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

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