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Army dominates new Thai national assembly
Thailand's king has approved the appointment of more than 100 army officers to the 200-seat national assembly.

Rifts hamper closer US-India ties
US Secretary of State John Kerry believes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic mandate offers a chance for new US-India cooperation.

Japan must hike sales taxes again: IMF
The IMF says Japan has little choice but to raise its sales tax, given very high levels of public debt.

Son begged Sonia Gandhi not to be India PM
A family confidant says Sonia Gandhi turned down the Indian PM job due to her son begging her to avoid it due to assassination fears.

Aust must clear air on corruption case:SBY
Indonesia's president is calling on the Australian government to explain an international corruption matter after revelations by Wikileaks.

Asian stocks mixed, US growth weighed down
Asian markets were mixed after US economy grew 4.0 per cent in April-June, much more than the 3.0 per cent forecast.

25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings
Two separate boat sinkings in Indonesia have claimed the lives of at least 25 people and left 13 missing.

19 bathers drown in rough seas off Karachi
Swimmers in the Pakistani city of Karachi have defied a ban during the monsoon season, with at least 19 drowning and four missing.

Samsung posts big fall in Q2 net profit
Samsung has posted a 19.6 per cent fall in its Q2 net profit year-on-year as a result of increased competition.

Beef exporter confidence returns in India
Confidence is up in India's beef export sector with surging global demand.

China clash leaves nearly 100 dead
About 100 civilians and assailants have been killed and injured in an attack by a gang armed with knives and axes in Xinjiang in China.

More than 150 feared dead in India monsoon
Authorities in India say the death toll from a major landslide is expected to rise above 150 after a remote village was covered as residents slept.

Singapore Airlines Q1 profit down 71.4%
Singapore Airlines says its financial first quarter net profit plunged 71.4 per cent.

Thai Airways bans shark fin cargo
Thai Airways has joined a host of other airlines in taking a stand against shark fin, prized by many in the region, especially in Hong Kong and China.

India convicts 10 over fatal school fire
A headmistress and nine others have been found guilty over a school fire that killed 94 children in India's Tamil Nadu state in 2004.

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