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#China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism

Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.

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North Korea to put US tourists on trial

North Korea has said it will put two US tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state, dimming any hopes among their families that they would soon be released.

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Hong Kong unofficial democracy poll closes

More than 780,000 voters in Hong Kong have cast their ballot on the last day of an unofficial referendum on electoral reforms, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by local and mainland Chinese authorities.

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North Korea 'fires short-range missiles'

North Korea has fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters, a South Korean official said, the latest in a series of launches staged in an apparent show of force ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the South.

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#China jails members of cult in crackdown

A Chinese court has found 25 members of a religious cult guilty of "acting illegally" in northwestern China, state television reported.

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Tokyo man sets self afire in apparent protest

A man has set himself on fire at a busy intersection in Tokyo in an apparent protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to ease limits of the country's pacifist consitution, police and witnesses said.

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Hong Kong lawyers protest #China 'meddling'

Hundreds of Hong Kong lawyers dressed in black have marched in silence to protest a recent Beijing policy statement they said undermines the Asian financial hub's rule of law.

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Flight MH370 'on autopilot when it crashed'

Investigators looking into the disappearance of the Malaysia Airlines plane are confident it was on autopilot when it crashed in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, Australian officials said as they announced the latest shift in the search for the jet.

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#Cambodia: Thailand worker exodus tops 250,000

Cambodia's prime minister says at least 250,000 of his countrymen who were migrant workers in Thailand have returned home this month under circumstances that initially violated their human rights.

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N Korea slams US film on Kim assassination

North Korea has denounced a new Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong-un as a "wanton act of terrorism" and warned of a "merciless response" unless the US authorities banned the film.

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