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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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Students undecided on further Hong Kong talks

Hong Kong studentsHong Kong student leaders say they may not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies.

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#Malaysia investigates 'dog patting' event

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting an investigation into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding the animal in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country.

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Former Australian PM Gough Whitlam dies

Gough Whitlam, the former Australian prime minister known for leading the nation through a period of massive change, has died aged 98.

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Indonesia's President Widodo sworn in

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been inaugurated as Indonesia's new president, facing the challenges of rebooting a slowing economy and working with a potentially hostile opposition that has already landed some blows against him.

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#China executed 2,400 people in 2013: report

The world's top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing tries to keep a state secret.

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Hong Kong talks fail to break impasse

Hong Kong talksHong Kong student representatives and government officials have held much-awaited talks to end street protests now in their fourth week, but achieved little progress to defuse the crisis in China's semi-autonomous city.

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Hong Kong protesters to attend crunch talks

Senior Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial centre to a standstill.

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#Japan ministers quit over cash scandals

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suffered a double setback after two female cabinet ministers resigned over claims they misused political funds.

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