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Japan Emperor Abdication Set for March 2019

Japan's Emperor Akihito will step down on March 31, 2019, a report said Friday, the first imperial retirement in more than two centuries.

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South Korea to Push ahead with Nuclear Power Plants

South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy.

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G7 Tackles Foreign Fighters as EU Helps Shut 'Terror' Route

G7 interior ministers brainstormed Friday on how to tackle one of the biggest security threats facing the West, as the EU promised to help close a migration route labelled a potential back door for terrorists.

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5 Dead after Myanmar Police Clash with Jade Scavengers

At least five people were killed and 20 injured after Myanmar police opened fire on an armed mob of jade seekers that tried to enter a mine in the far north, state media reported Friday, the latest deadly incident in a murky multi-billion-dollar industry.

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Analysts: Kremlin Bids to Sex Up Presidential Vote with 'It Girl'

A Russian socialite-turned-liberal journalist stunned many six years ago when she joined mass protests against Vladimir Putin.

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EU to Consider Further Measures against N. Korea

The EU is to consider stepping up measures aimed at punishing North Korea for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programs, according to a summit agreement seen by AFP on Thursday.

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Key Events since Catalonia Independence Vote

As Catalonia's independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month's referendum on splitting from Spain.

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How Spain Could Suspend Autonomy in Catalonia

Spain's vow Thursday to take over at least part of Catalonia's regional powers due to its drive for independence would involve triggering the never before used Article 155 of Spain's constitution.

Here are five points about this so-called "nuclear option", which opens the way for Madrid to suspend some or all of the region's autonomy in Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

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Pakistan Court Indicts ex-PM Sharif for Corruption

A Pakistani court indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges spiraling from the Panama Papers leak, a senior government official said Thursday, in a case that could ultimately see the former leader jailed.

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Warning for China as U.S. Hails India 'Partnership'

The United States vowed Wednesday to work with India in preference to China over the next century to promote a "free and open" Asia-Pacific region led by prosperous democracies.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered his unexpectedly sharp message to Beijing on the same day President Xi Jinping opened the Communist Party congress.

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