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    Myanmar by-election tests Suu Kyi's popularity

    Myanmar on Saturday holds a multi-party parliamentary by-election, a first test for ballot box de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party after a year in office.

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    China bans burqas and 'abnormal' beards in Muslim province

    China has decided to introduce a new set of rules as part of measures to check “religious extremism” in the Uyghur Muslim-dominated region of Xinjiang, located in the country’s far west.

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    UN launches probe of crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

    The top United Nations human rights body agreed on Friday to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate widespread allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya Muslims.

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    China warmly welcomes Israel's prime minister after Saudi king's visit

    China welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday just days after hosting Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the signing of deals worth as much as $65 billion with Riyadh, as China.

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    North Korea warns of 'merciless' strikes as US carrier joins South Korea drills

    North Korea, which has alarmed its neighbours with two nuclear tests and a string of missile launches since last year, said the arrival of the US strike group was part of a "reckless scheme" to attack it.

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    India deploys US-made surveillance drones along LoC

    Aerial surveillance drones manufactured in the United States are being deployed by India for surveillance along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts, media reports said on Wednesday.

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    Saudi, Indonesia sign deals as King Salman starts landmark visit

    Saudi Arabia and Indonesia signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as King Salman began a nine-day visit to the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century.

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    Saudi king in Malaysia on first leg of Asia tour

    The visit is the first by a Saudi king to Malaysia in more than a decade, as the Arab nation courts Asian investors for the sale of a 5 per cent stake in state firm Aramco in 2018, expected to be the world’s biggest IPO.

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    Here Come the Malaysian Morality Police

    The religious officers raided actress Faye Kusairi’s family home after someone reported her for being “too close” to a person of the opposite sex in an isolated place, an offense punishable in Malaysia.

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    For over three years, Kim murder suspect lived mystery life in Malaysia

    Ri Jong Chol, a North Korean arrested in the probe into last week's murder of the half-brother of the isolated state's leader, lived in Malaysia for more than three years without working at the company registered.

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    Pak asks Afghan to handover 76 wanted militants

    Pakistan on Friday summoned officials of the Afghan embassy to the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to lodge protest against the use of Afghan soil by terrorists to carry out attacks in Pakistan, Dwan news report.

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    India inks arms deals of Rs 20000 cr to keep forces ready

    India has signed a number of 'emergency' arms deals worth 200 billion Indian Rupees (INR) over the past two or three months to ensure its armed forces' preparedness for battle on short notice, Times of India reported.

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    'Hundreds of Rohingyas killed in Myanmar crackdown'

    Myanmar's four-month military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, the UN said Friday in a report detailing horrific abuses allegedly committed against civilians in Rakhine state.

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    ASEAN and the Rohingya Crisis

    The worsening plight of Muslim Rohingya communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state could soon imperil the country’s government, as well as the reputation of its leader, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    Top Muslim lawyer gunned down in Myanmar

    A prominent Muslim lawyer and member of Myanmar’s ruling party was shot dead along with a taxi driver outside Yangon’s international airport on Sunday, officials said.Ko Ni, a legal adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    China embraces Lunar New Year travel rush

    The world’s largest annual migration of people is going on in China this week as hundreds of millions take planes, trains and automobiles to travel home to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year or the Spring.

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    OIC to UN: Stop potential genocide in Myanmar

    The United Nations should intervene in Myanmar's Rakhine State to stop further escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims and avoid another genocide like in Cambodia and Rwanda.

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    Myanmar's Aylan Kurdi: Baby found washed ashore

    A picture of a 16-month-old Rohingya baby, who washed up dead on the banks of river Naf on the Bangladesh-Mynamar border, will remind you of the haunting photo of Aylan Kurdi.

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    UN to probe Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya

    The United Nations is conducting a probe into a harsh military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar following reports of rapes, killings, and torture against the minority group in the Buddhist-dominated country.

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    Myanmar accused of Whitewash as Panel rejects claims

    Human rights groups said Myanmar's government is trying to cover up abuses against civilians in a Muslim-majority part of Rakhine State after an investigation panel dismissed claims a government crackdown.

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    Myanmar commission plays down abuse against Rohingya

    A commission probing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Wednesday denied security forces have carried out a genocidal campaign against the Rohingya, days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians.

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    Indonesian court gives go-ahead to blasphemy trial of Jakarta governor

    An Indonesian court will proceed with a controversial blasphemy trial against Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Qur’an, a judge said on Tuesday.

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    Indonesians mark 12th tsunami anniversary with prayers

    Thousands of Indonesians prayed for their loved ones at mass graves and mosques Monday to mark a tsunami which devastated Aceh province 12 years ago today, one of the worst natural disasters in human history.

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    Chinese carrier in South China Sea amid new tension

    A group of Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the self-ruled island's Defence Ministry said.

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