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Philippine Pres. Duterte warns of rough ride
Authoritarian firebrand Rodrigo Duterte warned of a "rough ride" after being sworn in as the Philippines' president on Thursday, promising a relentless war on crime and corruption but also to be a unifying leader.
 
Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees until year end
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has permitted registered Afghan refugees to remain in the country until the end of the year, a foreign ministry spokesman said Thursday, as an earlier deadline was set to expire.
 
Ruling party defeated in Mongolia parliament elections
The opposition Mongolian People's Party has won a decisive victory in parliamentary elections in the landlocked nation where a fall in commodity prices has sent the economy into a sharp decline.
 
Beijing will reject any ruling by an international tribunal in a contentious case brought by the Philippines over the South China Sea, the foreign ministry said, as tensions mount over the disputed waters.
 
A Malaysian opposition politician who has strongly criticized financial scandals involving Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged with corruption Thursday but vowed to fight on.
 
Tough border protection and asylum-seeker policies are critical to preserve multiculturalism, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Thursday, pointing to Britain's vote to exit the EU because of "anxiety over immigration."
 
Rights groups accused the Thai junta of hypocrisy Wednesday for crafting a landmark law against torture at the same time as bringing charges against three activists who probed allegations of army abuse of detainees.
 
Japanese prosecutors charged a U.S. military contractor Thursday with the murder and rape of a 20-year-old woman on Okinawa, a high-profile case that has renewed anti-American base sentiment on the southern Japanese island.
 
The opposition Mongolian People's Party has won a decisive victory in parliamentary elections in the landlocked nation where a fall in commodity prices has sent the economy into a sharp decline.
 
Drug pusher deaths jump as Duterte takes office
The bodies of dozens of suspected drug peddlers have turned up in the Philippines in recent weeks, providing an eerie backdrop to the swearing-in on Thursday of Rodrigo Duterte, who has warned of a bloody presidency in his bid to eradicate crime.
 
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