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Australia considers strict screening of Muslim refugees

Controversial leaked document proposes new assessments for 12,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees to stop "extremism".

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US readies defence assets before North Korea launch

Diplomatic activity surges in the run-up to imminent rocket launch by Pyongyang as regional tensions rise.

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Japan deports dolphin activist after airport detention

American star of an Oscar-winning documentary on the dolphin slaughter sent home after being held 19 days.

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Women join ranks of South Korea's heaviest drinkers

Alcohol abuse among women becomes increasing cause for public health concern in nation with easy availability of liquor.

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North Korea missile launcher on the move, Japan reports

Japanese public broadcaster says North Korean mobile launcher has been seen travelling near east coast.

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Australia's churches offer sanctuary to asylum seekers

Move comes amid growing protests against High Court ruling that imprisoning refugees in offshore camps is legal.

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Thai police crack down on elderly bridge players

Raid on card club in resort town of Pattaya leads to arrest of 32 senior-citizen foreigners.

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Australia court: Imprisoning refugees offshore is legal

High Court rules in favour of government's policy to detain asylum-seekers in offshore prisons, sparking an outcry.

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Obesity statistics ring alarm bells in Malaysia

Officials blame high-calorie diet and sedentary urban lifestyle as half the population is deemed overweight or obese.

Obesity

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Japan readies to 'destroy' North Korea rocket

Planned "satellite" launch seen as a ballistic missile test draws shoot-down threat from Japan's defence ministry.

Japan's Aegis-equipped destroyers

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