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Philippine protesters report being harassed by China coastguard
Filipino protesters said Monday that Chinese coastguard ships blocked and sprayed them with water as they sailed to a disputed South China Sea shoal to plant a Philippine flag for independence day.
 
Asia sees massive jump in arms sales, says study
A buying spree in the Asia-Pacific region propelled double-digit growth in the global arms market last year to a record US$65 billion, defense analysts IHS Jane's said Monday.
 
The Asian Development Bank announced Friday its approval of a US$100 million loan for a highway project in Pakistan, marking its first co-financing with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
 
Japan summoned mainland China's top envoy early on Thursday to express concern after a mainland Chinese navy ship sailed close to what Japan considers its territorial waters in the East China Sea for the first time, increasing tensions over the disputed area.
 
China accused the Philippines Wednesday of ignoring requests for dialogue about their maritime dispute, as tensions rise before an international tribunal's ruling on the territorial row.
 
Chinese officials have restricted civil servants, students and children in a mainly Muslim region from fasting during Ramadan, government websites said as the holy month began on Monday.
 
Asia's largest annual security forum opens Friday in Singapore with territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea's military provocations and Islamist extremism expected to dominate discussions.
 
More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday.
 
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines agreed Thursday to run coordinated patrols to boost maritime security following the kidnappings at sea of Indonesians by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants.
 
Asylum seekers held in PNG launch Australia court action
More than 750 asylum seekers held in a Papua New Guinea detention camp launched legal action Wednesday to be moved to Australia after a court in the Pacific nation found the center unconstitutional.
 
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