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#Malaysia court hears Anwar sodomy appeal

Malaysia's top court has begun hearing a final appeal filed by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction widely regarded as politically motivated.

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#Australia: No immigration from #Ebola nations

Australia has suspended migration from Ebola-hit West African nations to try to prevent the virus from crossing its borders, as a teenager who arrived from Guinea tested negative for the disease.

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Korea talks threatened by balloon launches

A planned resumption of high-level talks between North and South Korea later this week appears to be in jeopardy with Pyongyang now refusing to confirm its participation.

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#China may scrap death penalty for nine crimes

China is considering trimming nine crimes from its list of offences punishable by death, state media said, as the ruling Communist Party considers broader reforms to the country's legal system.

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More than 100,000 'have now fled #Myanmar '

A growing sense of despair has caused a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with at least 8,000 members of the minority fleeing by boats in the last two weeks, according to residents and a leading expert.

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Korea leaflet launch grounded by egg-throwers

South Korean activists were thwarted by egg-throwing protesters as they approached the border to launch balloons carrying leaflets into the North.

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Hong Kong protest leaders to hold street vote

Hong Kong protesters plan to hold a straw poll on government proposals they rejected earlier in the week as their street campaign pushing for free elections for the Chinese-controlled city enters its fifth week.

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#China launches experimental moon orbiter

China has launched an experimental spacecraft to fly around the moon and back to Earth in preparation for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface.

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Hong Kong protesters to vote on talks offer

Protesters in Hong Kong have said they plan to hold a spot referendum on whether to stay on the streets or accept a government offer for more talks and clear their protest camps.

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North Korea frees detained American man

North Korea has freed Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by the country, and he is being flown home to his family in Ohio, according to the White House.

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