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Australia announces tougher new exams for citizenship

Foreigners will now have to undergo an 'Australian values' test and take a stricter exam for English competency.

Nationalist

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Governor Ahok concedes Jakarta election to Baswedan

Former cabinet minister beats incumbent governor, on trial for blasphemy, after religiously divisive campaign.

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Mike Pence fires a fresh warning to North Korea

Visiting Japan as part of trip to reassure allies, US vice president promises 'overwhelming and effective response'.

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US backtracks on 'armada' sailing towards North Korea

By the time Pentagon said US was sending an aircraft carrier, vessels were temporarily headed in the opposite direction.

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Jakarta Governor Ahok heading for election loss

Quick counts show Purnama, on trial for blasphemy, losing to ex-cabinet minister after religiously divisive campaign.

Anies Baswedan

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Ahok faces Baswedan in Jakarta runoff election

Election for a new governor pits Christian incumbent accused of blasphemy against Muslim former minister.

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At least 26 dead as Philippine bus plunges into ravine

At least 20 other passengers saved by rescuers in one of the country's deadliest vehicular accidents in years.

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Marvel Comics fires Muslim artist following controversy

Ardian Syaf defends himself after using Quranic verse and symbols to make political statements, saying he did not spread 'hate message'.

Marvel Comics

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China urges diplomatic solution to US-N Korea feud

Foreign minister's warning comes as US threatens military action after North's latest nuclear test in defiance of UN.

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Syrian envoy slams US airfield attack 'message sending'

Syrian ambassador to North Korea blasts comments that US cruise missile attack was a 'message' delivered to Pyongyang.

Tomahawk missiles

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