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NKorea fires ballistic missiles off coast
North Korea has fired what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles, the latest in a series of launches in recent weeks.

NKorea fires ballistic missiles off coast
North Korea has fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast.

Taiwan bracing for Typhoon Bailu
Typhoon Bailu has made landfall in the southern county of Pingtung in Taiwan, with hundreds of people evacuated and more than 350 flights cancelled.

British Consulate worker freed in China
Chinese police say British Consulate employee Simon Cheng Man-kit has been released as scheduled after 15 days of administrative detention.

Kashmir protesters, security forces clash
Residents in Kashmir's restive Soura district of Srinagar have hurled stones at paramilitary police, who responded with several rounds of tear gas.

China hikes tariffs $75bn of US goods
China has announced retaliatory tariffs on US goods in the latest escalation of a protracted trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.

UN envoy refutes Malaysia poverty rate
A UN special rapporteur claims there is "significant poverty" in Malaysia despite the Southeast Asian nation's official poverty rate falling below one per cent.

Sri Lanka ends months of emergency rule
Emergency laws have been lifted in Sri Lanka which gave the military and police sweeping powers following the Easter Sunday suicide attacks.

Passengers missing after Indon ferry fire
Indonesian rescuers are searching for 30 passengers who remain missing after a ferry caught fire off the coast of Java with 277 people on board.

Indon pressed to unblock Papua internet
Indonesia has blocked internet access in its eastern region of Papua after violent protests sparked by mistreatment and racial abuse of Papuan students.

Canada bans HK consulate staff from China
Local staff of Canada's consulate in Hong Kong will be banned from travelling to mainland China following the detention of a staffer from the British consulate.

S.Korea ending deal damages trust: Japan
South Korea's decision to end a pact on sharing military intelligence with Japan came as a surprise to many and underlined how much relations have deteriorated.

N.Korea ups rhetoric on US nuclear talks
North Korea's top diplomat has labelled the US secretary of state a "diehard toxin" and says Pyongyang is ready for a stand-off over stalled nuclear talks.

Malaysia seizes biggest-ever drugs haul
Malaysian authorities say they have made the country's biggest drugs haul to date, seizing nearly 3.7 tonnes of ketamine and cocaine worth about $A237 million.

China's coal demand to peak around 2025
A state-owned think tank in China has estimated that the country's demand for coal will start to fall after 2025, thereby reducing global production.

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