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Main parties in front in East Timor vote
Early signs in East Timor's parliamentary election have the two main parties taking the majority of votes but with some opposition emerging, experts say.

Widodo orders police to shoot traffickers
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has told police officers to "be firm" and shoot drug traffickers, saying the country faces a "narcotics emergency".

Philippines extends Mindanao martial law
The Philippine's Congress has voted to extend martial law on Mindanao in order to stamp out the growing influence of Islamic State.

Polls close in 'peaceful' East Timor vote
While East Timorese voters have praised the country's new-found peace and stability, some are impatient at the speed of progress.

Errant US bombing kills 12 Afghan police
A dozen Afghan police officers have been killed in a US air strike that was targeting Taliban insurgents in the area.

Duterte vows not to visit 'lousy' US
When asked about potential protests if he visited the US, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wouldn't want to visit the "lousy" country anyway.

Too late to say sorry: China bars Bieber
China wants Justin Bieber to improve his behaviour before he tours the Asian country again.

Aus brokerage says staff held in Shanghai
Staff of an Australian currency brokerage firm are being held hostage in its Shanghai offices by dissatisfied investors.

Timorese voters seeking change
What Timorese are saying ahead of Saturday's parliamentary election.

Timor election reveals uncertain future
Timorese are preparing to head to the polls for a parliamentary election dominated by the nation's growing uncertainty about its future.

US bans citizens from travel to N.Korea
The US government is set to announce a ban on its travelling to rogue nation.

NKorean economy grows fastest in 17 years
Despite international sanctions, North Korea's economy is growing at its fastest rate in 17 years.

Seoul calls for Pyongyang to respond
South Korea is urging North Korea to accept its offer to attend talks as animosities mount across the border.

Counter-terror recommendations for Marawi
As the battle in the southern Philippines city continues, a report has made key recommendations on counter-terrorism action.

Marawi battle threat will continue: report
Ongoing fighting in the southern Philippine city of Marawi will create new threats after the battle is over, a new report warns.

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