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Low turnout mars Hong Kong rally for democracy

Thinner crowds highlight uncertain direction for democracy movement after accomplishing its immediate goal last month.

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#China vows to bring 'modern civilisation' to Xinjiang

Military commander in mainly Muslim region says army must develop economy in area and discourage "religious extremism".

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Australian inmates riot against new smoking ban

Prison staff evacuated and tactical police deployed after 300 prisoners take part in violent protest against ban.

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South Korea navy fires warning shots at boat from North

Naval ships opened fire after North Korean patrol vessel crossed disputed sea border in the Yellow Sea, officials said.

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At least 130 killed in Indonesian military plane crash

All 122 people on board and several others on ground killed as aircraft hit empty residential buildings in Medan city.

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Hong Kong student leader injured in 'chilling' assault

Police make no arrest over attack on Joshua Wong, which occurred just days ahead of a pro-democracy march on Wednesday.

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Solar plane embarks on flight across Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Japan in potential record-breaking flight across the Pacific to Hawaii.

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#Taiwan water-park fire injures hundreds

Police make arrests in Taiwan after fiery explosion at a water park left more than 500 people injured.

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Scores injured as powder ignites at #Taiwan theme park

More than 200 people hurt, 83 of them seriously, following an accidental explosion near the island's capital Taipei.

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#China criticises US human rights record

Racial discrimination and police abuses cited in China's annual response to the US' report on Beijing's rights record.

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