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Australia Trade Surplus Breaks Long Drought as Exports Boom

Australia boasted its first trade surplus in almost three years in November as surging commodity prices boosted export earnings beyond all expectations, a much-needed windfall that all but rules out the risk of recession for the resource-rich nation.

07 January 2017 | 08:00 AM

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How Can You Possibly Misspell Pizza Hut?: Ahok

Jakarta Governor Ahok said he has not paid much attention to the "Fitsa Hats" meme that originated from a police report by a witness in his blasphemy trial.

07 January 2017 | 08:00 AM

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BOJ is Considering Slight Inflation Forecast Upgrade as Yen Falls: Sources

The Bank of Japan is considering a slight increase in its consumer price forecasts at its next policy meeting as a rapid decline in the yen pushes up import prices, several sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

07 January 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Hong Kong Confirms Second Bird Flu Death This Winter

A 62-year-old man travelling from mainland China died in Hong Kong from bird flu on Friday (06/01), the second such death this winter, the Hospital Authority said.

07 January 2017 | 06:00 AM

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Thai PM Visits Flood-Battered South: Six Dead, Transport Disrupted

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha visited flooded parts of the south of the country on Friday (06/01) where unseasonable downpours have killed six people, cut road and rail links and forced an airport to close.

07 January 2017 | 05:00 AM

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Clock Running Down on Pakistani Military Courts Trying Civilians on Terror Charges

A Pakistani law allowing secret military courts to try civilians on terrorism charges is set to expire on Saturday (07/01), but the government has been silent on its renewal, following criticism from lawyers that it led to abuse and curtailed human rights.

07 January 2017 | 04:00 AM

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Bangladesh Police Kill Prime Suspect in July Cafe Attack

Bangladeshi police shot dead two Islamist militants on Friday (06/01) in a gunfight in Dhaka, including a prime suspect in the killing of 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, in a cafe in the capital last year.

07 January 2017 | 03:00 AM

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South Korea Minister Says China Indirectly Retaliating Against THAAD

China is suspected to be taking indirect action against South Korea's decision last year to deploy a US anti-missile system, South Korea's finance minister said.

07 January 2017 | 02:00 AM

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At Least 3 Fatally Shot at Ft Lauderdale Airport

At least nine people were shot, including three fatally, and a suspect was in custody at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida on Friday (06/01), MSNBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.

07 January 2017 | 01:54 AM

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Malaysia Appoints New Chairman for Palm Plantation Operator Felda

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has appointed Shahrir Abdul Samad as chairman of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), operator of some of the world's biggest palm oil plantations, state news agency Bernama reported on Friday (06/01).

07 January 2017 | 01:00 AM