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Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia banned 'to protect unity'

Move against Hizbut Tahrir follows controversial decree allowing officials to disband groups threatening national unity.

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Guilty verdicts for Rohingya trafficking deaths

Many of the victims found in mass graves were Rohingya Muslims – a persecuted minority from Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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Duterte seeks to extend martial law amid ISIL threat

Philippine leader seeks congress approval to keep military rule in Mindanao region until end of 2017 amid ISIL threat.

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Myanmar: UN probe 'can only aggravate' Rakhine tension

Aung San Suu Kyi's security adviser dismisses UN investigation into alleged rape and killings of Rohingya Muslims.

Rakhine state

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Filipino Muslim rebels pin hope on new peace deal

Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebels back new draft law establishing a more powerful autonomous region in Mindanao.

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South Korea offers direct talks with the North

South Korea has proposed talks with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume family reunions.

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Telegram blocks 'terror' content after Indonesia threat

Encrypted messaging service Telegram bows to pressure after ministry warning of ban on app used by suspected fighters.

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Thousands march in Hong Kong to remember Liu Xiaobo

The pro-democracy Chinese dissident died on Thursday while serving an 11-year prison sentence.

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Duterte draws criticism for 'Miss Universe' rape joke

Philippine president makes quip before Filipino diplomats, the latest in a string of incidents critics call sexist.

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Body of China's Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo cremated

Liu died from multiple organ failure on Thursday, having not been allowed to leave the country for cancer treatment.

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo

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