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Hong Kong stocks close flat
Hong Kong stocks have closed flat on concerns about the Chinese economy.


Thailand tries UK activist for defamation
A British activist who wrote a scathing report on the practices of a Thai fruit supplier has gone on trial in Bangkok charged with defamation.


WA man in Indonesia court over fatal crash
West Australian man Jake Drage is finally having his day in court after his arrest in June over a fatal motorbike crash in Indonesia.


Reporters held in Papua could face trial
Two French journalists detained while reporting on the separatist movement in Indonesia's Papua province could face five years jail if they go to trial.


Acid victims' photo shoot draws attention
A fashion shoot has drawn attention to the plight of India's acid victims.


Tiger taken from Indonesia death zoo dies
A Sumatran tiger rescued from Indonesia's "death zoo" has died, but not before inspiring thousands to take notice of what was happening there.


At least 8 dead in Vietnam bus accident
At least eight people have been killed and dozens more injured after a bus plunged into a ravine in northern Vietnam.


Asia shares start week higher
Asian markets have closed higher on Monday following Wall Street's big gains on Friday.


Malaysia refuses Sydney protester entry
Malaysia refused entry to a Sydney woman who had previously been arrested for joining a protest against a rare-earths processing plant, rights groups say.


Veteran fights over matters of the heart
A visa request for the Thai fiancee of an Australian indigenous war veteran has been rejected, despite backing by former senator Fred Chaney.


Man gets divorce over wife's sex demands
An Indian man has been granted a divorce on the grounds that his wife had an "insatiable appetite for sex," reports say.


Samsung's shipbuilding, engineering merge
Samsung is preparing for generational ownership succession and has announced it will merge its shipbuilding and engineering units.


Toilets in India welcomed by women
A sanitation charity in India hopes to provide a toilet to every household in the country to protect women from being attacked in fields.


Pakistan army leaders meet after clashes
Pakistani military commanders have convened a meeting after clashes between police and opposition protesters in Islamabad.


Thai PM stacks cabinet with soldiers
Newly appointed Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has awarded key cabinet posts to his trusted allies from the armed forces.


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