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#Japan eases sanctions on N Korea after talks

Japan has said it will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, after talks on the Cold War kidnapping of Japanese nationals.

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Police arrest hundreds at Hong Kong rally

More than 500 protesters at a Hong Kong sit-in have been arrested after police moved in to break up the rally which organisers said saw a turnout of more than half a million.

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Police swoop down on Hong Kong protesters

Hong Kong protesters Scores of protesters at a Hong Kong sit-in have been forcibly removed by police following a massive pro-democracy rally which organisers said saw a turnout of over half a million.

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North Korea fires missiles into the sea

North Korea has fired two short-range projectiles into waters off its east coast, a day after South Korea rejected its proposals to reduce tensions, including the cancellation of annual drills between Seoul and Washington.

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Thousands stage Hong Kong pro-democracy march

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents began marching through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fuelled by anger over Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center.

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#Japan to ease army ban on fighting overseas

Japan's cabinet has agreed on a proposal to end a ban on its military fighting abroad, a major shift away from the country's post-war pacifism and a move that is riling China.

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#Malaysia told to act on diplomat sex charge

New Zealand has pressed the Malaysian government to take action against a diplomat who claimed immunity and left the country after being charged with committing a sexual assault in May.

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#China to court martial former senior officer

China will court martial one of its most senior former military officers, Xu Caihou, on charges of corruption, state media has said.

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Mass Hong Kong democracy protest looms

Hong Kong is bracing for its largest protest in more than a decade after nearly 800,000 voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum, a move likely to stoke anti-China sentiment in the former British colony.

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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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