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Myanmar sentences drone-flying journalists to prison

A court in Myanmar has sentenced two journalists hired by Turkey’s state broadcaster to two months in prison over flying a drone near the country’s parliament without a license. Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia, who were arrested last month, were convicted on Friday of ...

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Japan’s Abe tumbles into bunker while golfing with Donald Trump

Japan’s TV Tokyo showed a golf player it identified as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slipping and tumbling back into a sand bunker during a round of golf with US President Donald Trump. Abe and Trump teed off with Japanese professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama during the US president’s five-nation Asia tour. The aerial footage ...

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PNG destroys shelters, water sources at Australian refugee camp

Papua New Guinea authorities destroyed makeshift shelters and removed water sources in a shuttered Australia refugee camp Friday, just hours ahead of a deadline for the inmates to leave or be forced out, detainees said. The reported actions by police and immigration officials came as video shot by Australian advocacy ...

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Filipinos protest US ‘state terrorism’ ahead of Trump visit

People have staged rallies in the Philippines’ capital, Manila, to protest US President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to the country. During an all-woman anti-Trump protest near the US Embassy on Thursday, people carried placards with messages such as “Ban Trump” and “Donald Trump, sexist, racist and militarist” to show their opposition to the US ...

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Nuclear commitments undertaken by Iran being implemented: IAEA chief

During a visit to the United States, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano says Iran has been complying with the 2015 nuclear agreement, and that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Tehran under the deal are being implemented. Amano met with US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in ...

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UN slams Australia for abandoning refugees at camp

The United Nations Human Rights Committee has censured the government of Australia for its treatment of refugees amid a “looming humanitarian crisis” at a refugee camp in Papua New Guinea. The Australian government ordered last Tuesday its employees to abandon 600 male refugees at the Manus Island camp, cutting water, food, and power under a court ...

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Asia-Pacific leaders arrive in Vietnam for APEC summit

Several Asia-Pacific leaders have arrived in Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang. At the invitation of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will also attend the summit although Myanmar is not a member of the regional Asia-Pacific group. ...

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Calls rise for urgent action as smog chokes India

New Delhi banned all construction, barred lorries from entering the city and announced stringent restrictions on private car use on Thursday, seeking to combat a massive spike in pollution across large swathes of India and Pakistan. Tens of thousands of schools in Delhi and surrounding states remained closed as a ...

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Iran’s Rouhani vows full, unwavering support for Lebanon’s stability

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will always stand by Lebanon and spare no effort to help improve the country’s stability. In a phone conversation with Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Tuesday, Rouhani said Tehran and Beirut had a “very friendly and growing” relationship. “The Islamic Republic of Iran ...

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Traffickers prey on lost Rohingya children in Bangladesh camps

A makeshift booth in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp comprising a wooden table and microphone is helping to protect Rohingya children from traffickers who are roaming the camps looking for easy prey. The lost and found information booth was set-up two months ago by Nazir Ahmed, a refugee in the camp ...

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