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Nursery blast kills seven in China's Xuzhou

At least 59 people were also wounded in the explosion at a nursery in Xuzhou in eastern Jiangsu, state media reports.

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Protests in Japan as anti-conspiracy bill passed

Government claims bill is necessary to tackle crime ahead of 2020 Olympics, but critics say it threatens human rights.

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'Hundred dead bodies' seen in besieged Marawi

Scores of civilians killed in crossfire between army and ISIL-linked group in three weeks of fighting, politician says.

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Australia to pay $53m to Manus Island asylum seekers

Government says settlement with 1,905 Manus detainees, who sued over 'hostile conditions', is 'not admission of guilt'.

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Jailed Otto Warmbier flown out of North Korea 'in coma'

The release of held student comes as Washington steps up its efforts to halt Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

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Panama cuts off ties with Taiwan, switches to China

Taiwan says China's luring of Panama is an 'open threat' and 'provocation to peace and stability'.

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US: North Korea 'most urgent and dangerous threat'

Separately, US think-tank says North Korea sanctions-skirting network could be defeated by targeting China firms.

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Army struggles as Marawi siege enters fourth week

Hundreds of civilians still trapped in Marawi as heavy battles between Philippine forces and ISIL-linked fighters go on.

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Myanmar recovers dozens of bodies after plane crash

Navy ships and fishing vessels retrieve 62 bodies of the 122 people who died in military plane crash into Andaman Sea.

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China vigilant as US bombers fly over South China Sea

Latest military exercise was part of the US Pacific Command's 'continuous bomber presence' programme.

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