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North Korea's Kim urges stronger military capabilities as party congress ends

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for increased military power and greater nuclear war deterrence, state news agency KCNA reported on Wednesday, as a rare ruling party congress came to a close after eight days of policy discussions.

Japan to join 'Five Eyes' to check China's clampdown on Uyghurs

Amid calls within the Japanese government to join the 'Five Eyes' intelligence-sharing alliance, it provided key inputs to the US and the UK regarding Chinese clampdown on Uyghurs, reported Kyodo News.

Soft power diplomacy of China in shreds amid pandemic

Beijing's soft power diplomacy in education is dented in coronavirus pandemic as thousands of young people are waiting to hear if they will be allowed back into the country to continue their studies.

Singapore's happy 'glampers' pick its Changi Airport stays for year-end holidays

Staying overnight at an airport isn’t unheard of, especially if you miss a flight. But choosing to spend your holidays there in a tent is something entirely different.

Hong Kong Arrests Eight More. Crackdown On Opposition Continues

 Hong Kong police arrested eight more activists on Tuesday over an anti-government protest in July, the latest move by authorities in a relentless crackdown on opposition forces in the Chinese-ruled city.

Bangladesh ships Rohingya refugees to remote island despite outcry

Bangladesh naval vessels carried about 1,600 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal on Friday despite complaints by refugees and rights groups that some were being coerced.

Asia stocks edge higher after vaccine news. Wall Street hits record highs

Asian stocks held gains and moved tentatively further into record territory on Tuesday, after U.S. benchmarks were pepped up by news of another promising coronavirus vaccine, though futures indicated the rally could stall in European hours.

End ties with France in 24 hours, Bangladesh Islamist group tells government

Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist group on Monday told the government to cut diplomatic ties with France within 24 hours, as police stopped thousands of its supporters from marching towards the French embassy.

Strong earthquake kills 19 people in Turkey and Greek islands

Nineteen people were killed in Turkey and Greece after a strong earthquake struck the Aegean Sea on Friday, bringing buildings crashing down and setting off tidal waves which slammed into coastal areas and islands.

Philippines orders evacuation as world's strongest 2020 typhoon approaches

Philippine officials on Saturday ordered evacuation of thousands of residents in the southern part of the main Luzon island as a category 5 storm that is the world’s strongest this year approaches the Southeast Asian nation.

In Asia next week, Pompeo expected to bolster allies against China

U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington’s latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing.

Afghans jostling for visas sparks stampede, killing at least 15

At least 15 people were killed in stampede among thousands of Afghans gathered near Pakistan’s consulate on Tuesday as jostling broke out between people applying for visas, officials in the eastern city of Jalalabad said.

5 killed, 9 injured in bomb blasts in Afghanistan's Jalrez

Two roadside bomb blasts in the Jalrez district of Afghanistan killed five people and left nine injured, the provincial Governor's office said.

Japan ramping up pressure on China over South China Sea: Report

Japenese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Monday agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc to cooperate on regional issues including the disputed South China Sea (SCS).