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  • Guantanamo Bay inmate Hicks relieved after conviction quashed

    19 Feb 2015 : SYDNEY - Former Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate David Hicks Thursday expressed relief after a US court quashed his terrorism conviction and demanded Canberra pay his medical bills as he struggles to overcome the effects of alleged torture.

  • Myanmar aid group urges ceasefire

    19 Feb 2015 : LASHIO, MYANMAR - Aid workers called Thursday for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of people trapped around a town at the centre of fierce fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic rebels, after the deaths of two more civilians in an area cloaked by a state of emergency.

  • Malaysia PM calls policeman's claims in 2006 murder 'rubbish'

    19 Feb 2015 : KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's prime minister on Thursday dismissed as "rubbish" a former police commando's claim that he was ordered by "important people" to kill a woman linked to highly sensitive corruption allegations.

  • HK's 'wolf' tells people to be 'like sheep'

    19 Feb 2015 : HONG KONG — City leader CY Leung, nicknamed the "wolf" by critics, said residents of the Chinese-controlled region should be more like sheep after a year "rife with differences", including months of sometimes-violent pro-democracy street protests.

  • Japan exports surge on Asia demand

    19 Feb 2015 : Japanese export growth accelerated to the fastest pace in more than a year in January, with stronger demand from Asia and the US supporting a recovery in the world’s third-biggest economy.

  • Asia rings in Year of the Sheep with fireworks, festivities

    19 Feb 2015 : BEIJING - Fireworks illuminated the skies across China as millions around Asia ushered in the Year of the Sheep Thursday, kicking off festivities with an annual televised gala that got a thumbs down on social media for heavy Communist Party preaching against corruption.

  • Toxic 'Tet' kumquats highlight Vietnam's pesticide problem

    19 Feb 2015 : HANOI - At Lunar New Year, most Vietnamese families buy a kumquat tree -- a symbol of prosperity -- but where once its fruits were candied and enjoyed as a delicacy, now they are left uneaten as food safety scandals batter consumer confidence in local produce.

  • Japan, China to resume security talks: report

    19 Feb 2015 : TOKYO - Japan and China plan to resume security talks as early as April after a four-year hiatus amid simmering tensions over territorial disputes, a report said Thursday.

  • Year of the Sheep won't be baaa-d

    19 Feb 2015 : HONG KONG - The Year of the Horse brought catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war -- and, in Hong Kong, large-scale civil unrest.

  • Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

    19 Feb 2015 : SYDNEY - Prime Minister Tony Abbott Thursday denied threatening Indonesia over the fate of two Australians on death row by linking their fate to aid, insisting he was simply pointing out the depth of ties between the neighbours.

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