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One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-Communist China activism after being released from prison on Saturday after serving two and a half years on tax evasion charges.
Vietnam frees high-profile anti-China lawyer

 

The devastating heat wave that struck southern Pakistan last weekend is slowly subsiding but the toll was still climbing Thursday, to a total of 860 confirmed deaths, a senior health official said.
Heat wave subsides in Pakistan as death toll hits 860

 

South Korea has introduced a new law designed to curb a MERS outbreak, tightening quarantine restrictions and imposing jail sentences on those who defy anti-infection measures in a crisis that has now left 31 dead.
 

Hiroshima will host Group of Seven foreign ministerial talks next year, Japan said Friday, paving the way for the first visit by a sitting U.S. secretary of state to the atomic-bombed city.
 

China is pressing ahead with the construction of artificial islands on at least two reefs that are also claimed by the Philippines in the increasingly tense territorial dispute, Filipino officials said Friday, despite Beijing's pronouncement that some work would end soon.
 

Airport officials in Thailand say they followed proper security measures and gave no special treatment to Bangkok's former police chief who was arrested earlier this week in Tokyo with a loaded gun in his luggage.
 

The state of Japan's economic recovery remains murky, with inflation still nearly flat in May despite unprecedented monetary stimulus, though joblessness was flat at 3.3 percent and household spending rose for the first time in over a year.
 

Thailand should be ready for a re-audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on safety standards by September or October, Indonesian Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has said.
 

South Korea has introduced a new law designed to curb a MERS outbreak, tightening quarantine restrictions and imposing jail sentences on those who defy anti-infection measures in a crisis that has now left 31 dead.
South Korea passes new law to curb MERS outbreak

 

Myanmar's parliament Thursday dealt a body blow to Aung San Suu Kyi's hopes of amending a junta-era constitution that bars her from the presidency before landmark elections, voting down a bill to end the military's effective veto on charter change.
 

South Korea on Thursday announced a US$14 billion stimulus package to boost its troubled economy, hammered by the deadly MERS outbreak which has dented consumer spending and business sentiment.
 

Lawmakers in Vietnam voted Thursday to build a controversial new US$16 billion airport near Ho Chi Minh City, as the country vies to become one of the world's busiest aviation hubs.
 

International donors led by India and China pledged around US$3 billion to rebuild quake-devastated Nepal on Thursday, as the country's premier vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption and said all aid money would go to victims.
 

Indonesia has been admitted to a Melanesian intergovernment group, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced Thursday, welcoming the move as an important way to strengthen peace and security in the region.
 
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