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FAST: China's great space telescope begins operations

The size of about 30 football pitches, the $180m FAST telescope will explore farther and darker regions of space.

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At least 20 people killed as flooding hits Indonesia

Homes are destroyed as torrential rain causes a river to overflow its banks in western Java.

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China: Lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years in jail

Xia Lin, known to be working on sensitive human rights cases, was sentenced nearly two years after being detained.

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Philippine gang leaders say Duterte critic took bribes

Imprisoned group says it was asked to raise cash through drug sales to fund Senate campaign of Leila de Lima.

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North Korea claims 'successful' rocket engine test

North Korea has conducted a 'successful' ground test of a new rocket engine to launch satellites, state media said.

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Typhoon Malakas hits Japan

Cyclone brings flooding to central and southern parts of the country.

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At least 13 people die in Thailand boat accident

Two-floor vessel sank after hitting a bridge near Ayutthaya outside Bangkok on Chao Phraya river.

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Philippines: Abu Sayyaf frees three Indonesian hostages

A day after release of Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad, ISIL-linked group frees Indonesians.

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Abu Sayyaf frees Norwegian hostage Kjartan Sekkingstad

Kjartan Sekkingstad released after almost a year in captivity when armed group received $638,000 ransom.

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Cambodia: Funding the fight against tuberculosis

Progress in Cambodia in reducing deaths from tuberculosis could be short-lived as future funding could be in doubt.

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