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Malaysia police deploy ahead of PM protest
Police have been deployed throughout Kuala Lumpur as opponents of Malaysia's prime minister plan a demonstration calling for his resignation.

Myanmar sets minimum wage for first time
Myanmar authorities have established a minimum wage of 3600 Kyats ($A3.90) for a standard eight-hour work day.

'Soldier kills two civilians in Papua'
Two young men were killed by a soldier when a colleague was attacked by a mob in the Papuan city of Timika, says the Indonesian military.

Thai police quiz Uighur trio over blast
Thai security analysts have speculated that China's ethnic Uighur minority may have been behind the Bangkok bomb attack.

Indon cops examine Bali bucks night bribes
Bali police are investigating claims a group of Australian men were victims of brutality and extortion during a bucks week in Seminyak.

Retiree freed after Bali bar stabbing
A Scottish ex-serviceman, stabbed in a Kuta bar earlier this month, has withdrawn his complaint against a Melbourne retiree, whom police have released.

Asian stocks up for 2nd day on US growth
The US dollar and oil prices rose after a US growth report, while the yen came under pressure from data showing Japan's inflation was flat last month.

US and S Korea troops stage massive drill
An immense military exercise involving US and South Korean troops took place just days after the two Koreas ended a tense military stand-off.

Ten civilians killed in India border clash
An exchange of shells and mortars across the India-Pakistan border has killed 10 civilians and wounded more than 50 others.

Vietnam to free 18,200 inmates in amnesty
Political activists will be excluded from Vietnam's second biggest amnesty but 34 foreigners, including two Australians will be freed.

Kim Jong-Un says nukes helped end standoff
An agreement between the two Koreas wasn't achieved on the negotiating table but thanks to military muscle and a nuclear deterrent, Kim Jong-Un says.

NKorea leader dismisses top officials
North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed some officials from the Central Military Commission in the wake of a recent standoff with South Korea.

Two arrested over blogger death
Bangladesh police have arrested two suspected Islamists over the murder of a blogger, who was hacked to death in his home.

Asian shares cheered by Wall Street rally
Asian stock markets have risen on Thursday with Shanghai leading the charge by finishing 5.34 per cent higher.

DFAT confirms death of Aussie in Indonesia
An Australian man is believed to have died while surfing off Indonesia's Mentawai Islands.

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