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Fiji travel ban lifted on promise of election

Australia and New Zealand have lifted all travel restrictions on senior Fijian officials ahead of the south Pacific nation's planned September general elections.

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Giant hailstones batter Hong Kong

Giant hailstones smashed windows at a Hong Kong shopping mall as torrential rainstorms drenched the Sevens rugby tournament and delayed dozens of flights.

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UN warns of climate change risks

Impacts from climate change are 'already widespread and consequential', the report says [AFP]The effects of global warming could spiral "out of control" if the world does not cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, a United Nations scientific panel has warned in a new report.

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Thousands of Taiwanese protest China pact

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese protesters have taken to the streets in Taipei in a bid to pressure President Ma Ying-jeou to retract a controversial trade pact with China.

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Tensions rise as Myanmar holds census

Tens of thousands of census-takers have fanned out across Myanmar to gather data for a rare snapshot of the former junta-ruled nation that is already stoking sectarian tensions.

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China seizes $14.5bn of ex-official assets

Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5bn from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China's biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, according to Reuters news agency.

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Climate change 'complicates' global security

Climate change will complicate and worsen existing global security problems, such as civil wars, strife between nations and refugees, the world's top scientists say.

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Thais vote for senators as PM showdown looms

Voters in Thailand have cast their ballot to elect the upper house of parliament, in a poll that could hold the key to the fate of the prime minister, who faces possible impeachment for negligence after months of street protests.

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Chinese ship steams to possible MH370 debris

A Chinese ship is steaming towards a search area in the southern Indian Ocean after one of the country's military aircraft spotted three suspicious objects that could be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines jet.

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Millions switch off for Earth Hour

Lights went off in thousands of cities and towns across the world for the annual Earth Hour campaign, which is aiming to raise money via the internet for local environmental projects.

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