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Sri Lanka arrest astrologer who predicted president's death
An astrologer who made several predictions that Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena would die has been arrested and released on bail, police said Wednesday.
 
Former UN chief Ban won't run for South Korea presidency
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday that he won't run for South Korea's presidency, a surprise announcement that removes a key figure in the scramble to replace impeached President Park Geun-hye and further stirs the country's already tumultuous politics.
 
Indonesia to seek higher pay for its domestic workers in Taiwan
Indonesian labor authorities are planning to raise the issue of higher monthly wages for their country's migrant domestic workers in Taiwan with effect from next year to bring them closer to the minimum wage.
 
Armored vehicles seized in Hong Kong arrive back in Singapore
Nine Singaporean armored vehicles held in Hong Kong after arriving in transit from Taiwan in November have been returned to Singapore, according to a statement from the Southeast Asian country's Ministry of Defense.
 
22 rescued, Malaysia searches for 6 others from boat sinking
Twenty-two people, mostly Chinese tourists, wore life vests and formed a human chain at sea to drift more than 10 hours before they could be rescued Sunday off Malaysia's coast after their boat sank in turbulent waters, authorities said. Three bodies were recovered, and six other people from the boat were missing.
 
Survey: Filipinos want their rights asserted in disputed sea
Most Filipinos want their government to assert the country's rights in the disputed South China Sea after an arbitration tribunal invalidated China's vast territorial claims and ruled the Philippines can fish and exploit resources in the contested waters, according to an opinion poll released Friday.
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Driver blames the wind for speeding ticket
A driver in Western Australia had the best excuse for speeding -- the wind.
 
Nine armored troop carriers seized by Hong Kong on the way back to Singapore
Nine Singapore armored troop carriers impounded by Hong Kong while in transit from military exercises in Taiwan are on their way back home, the city-state's defence minister said Friday.
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Trump plan for 20 pct tax on Mexico exports raises eyebrows
Talk of a possible 20 percent tax on U.S. imports from Mexico is raising eyebrows in Asia, where exports to the U.S. drive growth in many economies.
 
Prosecutors threatened Park's adviser: lawyer
A lawyer for the jailed woman at the center of the biggest South Korean political scandal in decades said Thursday that prosecutors threatened to "annihilate" her family and used other abusive language during questioning.
 
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