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N Korea warns of 'catastrophic' provocations

North Korea has said its relations with South Korea had been driven into a "catastrophic" phase again, warning the South's scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war.

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UN renews North Korea human rights probe

An international investigation that found suspected crimes against humanity and other abuses in North Korea has been renewed for another year, after a testy exchange between diplomats for the communist nation and the US.

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Australia PM urges Egypt to free journalist

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spoken to Egypt's interim President, Adly Mansour, and called for the release of Al Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste.

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'Credible lead' shifts jet search area

Australian authorities say the search area for the missing Malaysian airliner has shifted because of a "new credible lead."

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Japan frees longest-held death row inmate

A man believed to be the world's longest-serving death row inmate walked free from jail after decades in solitary confinement, in a rare about-face for Japan's rigid justice system.

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New objects spotted in MH370 search

Possible debris seen floating in Indian OceanAn air and sea search for a missing Malaysian passenger jet in the southern Indian Ocean has moved 1,100km north, where a New Zealand air force plane has spotted "objects" that could be related to Flight MH370, Australian authorities said.

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Taiwan protesters call for mass rallies

Taiwanese protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have vowed to escalate their "war" with the government, calling for a huge weekend rally to increase pressure on President Ma Ying-jeou.

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US and S Korean troops begin military drills

South Korean and US soldiers have taken part in the largest military exercises between the two countries for more than 20 years. 

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Security Council to meet on N Korea missiles

The UN Security Council will hold closed-door consultations to discuss a possible condemnation of North Korea's latest ballistic missile launches, UN diplomats said.

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Philippines signs deal with Muslim rebels

President Aquino and rebel leader Al Haj Murad Ebrahim praise the dealThe Philippines and the country's largest Muslim rebel group have signed a historic peace agreement, after 17 years of negotiations and decades of fighting that killed at least 120,000 in the southern island of Mindanao.

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