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Indonesia president sails near waters claimed by China

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has sailed on a warship near remote islands in the South China Sea that are claimed by regional powerhouse China. On Thursday, Widodo held a cabinet meeting with the Indonesian foreign minister and the chief of the armed forces on board a warship off the Natuna Islands in ...

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35 die in landslides, floods on Java island

JAKARTA: At least 35 people have been killed by landslides and floods on Indonesia’s Java island and many others are missing, an official said on Sunday. Dozens of houses were buried in the landslides and thousands of homes were inundated by floods in 16 districts and towns in Central Java ...

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North Korea rules out release of US detainees

North Korea says it will not consider releasing two jailed Americans unless former detainee Kenneth Bae stops “jabbering” against the government in Pyongyang. Bae, a US missionary, was arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to 15 years’ hard labor on charge of seeking to topple the North Korean government before ...

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Floods in southern China kill 25, displace 33,000

More than two dozen people have lost their lives and over 33,000 others been displaced after days of heavy and steady rains led to extensive flooding over a broad expanse of land in southern China. China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that some four million people have been affected by floods in 10 provinces ...

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Seven killed in latest Kashmir fighting

At least five pro-independence fighters and two Indian soldiers have been killed in a series of separate clashes across the restive disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, military sources say. Military spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi announced that at least four Kashmiris and one soldier were killed during fierce fighting on ...

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China warship shadows US aircraft carrier

A US aircraft carrier partaking in tripartite naval exercises with Japanese and Indian naval groups in the Western Pacific has been closely followed by a Chinese observation vessel. The Wednesday incident took place as USS John C. Stennis was diverting the Chinese vessel away from the underway drills, codenamed Malabar. ...

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