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January, 18, 2017

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Singapore on Monday demanded the immediate return of nine armored troop carriers impounded by Hong Kong while in transit from Taiwan, calling the seizure illegal under international law.
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With Donald Trump getting ready to take office as president, North Korea is talking about launching a newly perfected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
 
Japan's ambassador to South Korea returned to Tokyo on Monday, reiterating its frustration over a statue of a "comfort woman" which has reignited a diplomatic row over Tokyo's wartime sex slavery.
 
The Indian army says three civilian laborers working with an army road construction crew were killed in a pre-dawn militant attack near the border with Pakistan in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
 
At least 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar -- a third of them over the past week -- since the army launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, the U.N. said Monday.
 
Violence mars another public hearing
Physical altercations erupted outside the third regional public hearing on pension reforms Sunday in Kaohsiung, where over a thousand police were stationed to keep demonstrators at bay.
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Taiwan shifts from pollution victim to perpetrator
In April 2016, a high court rejected an appeal to increase the fine against the Radio Company of America (RCA), imposed on the firm after it caused one of the worst industrial pollution disasters in Taiwan's history 24 years earlier.
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S. Korea monk self-immolates over sex slave deal
A South Korean Buddhist monk is in critical condition after setting himself on fire to protest the country's settlement with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves, officials said Sunday.
 
Kim's birthday a low-key affair in North Korea
North Korea marked Kim Jong Un's birthday on Sunday in a decidedly low-key manner.
 
Endangered turtle given makeover by overeager Filipino volunteers
Apparently unaware of the standard operating procedures in tagging endangered species, newbie volunteers were apprehended after they painted the carapace of a rescued sea turtle.
 
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