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Japan PM wins crucial vote to raise sales tax
Plan to double sales tax approved in parliament, but enough fellow Democrats reject rise to threaten ruling-party unity.
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 15:57 GMT
Japan: What recovery looks like
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Japan: the challenges ahead
China urged to aid Myanmar refugees
Rights group says ethnic Kachin who fled conflict at home face deteriorating humanitarian situation.
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 19:05 GMT
Severe drought stalks Korean peninsula
North and South deploy government aid to limit food shortages amid their worst drought in decades.
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 14:53 GMT
Economy key issue in Mongolia vote
Growing gap between wealthy and poor on the minds of many voters as country prepares to elect new parliament.
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2012 14:53 GMT
Qatar seeks $5bn investment in China markets
Gulf state applies for licence to invest $5bn in scheme allowing foreign exposure to Chinese stock and bond markets.
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 09:25 GMT
Hong Kong media fear restrictions
Journalists, who have traditionally operated freely, see China tightening its grip on the territory.
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 13:28 GMT
Thai Red Shirts stage mass protests
Thousands of protesters loyal to ex-prime minister Shinawatra call for Thailand's judiciary to stay out of politics.
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 01:48 GMT
Australia ends search after boat sinking
Rescue effort ends after refugee boat with 200 people capsized near Christmas Island, with more than 90 still missing.
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2012 02:31 GMT
Thailand vows to tackle human trafficking
Pledge comes after US report decries appalling treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are victims of debt bondage.
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2012 19:53 GMT
Papua New Guinea goes to the polls
About 3,500 candidates are vying for 109 seats in an election that comes after months of political uncertainty.
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2012 17:34 GMT
Scores missing after Indian Ocean sinking
Search resumes for those missing after boat carrying about 200 suspected asylum seekers bound for Australia capsizes.
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2012 06:59 GMT
101 East 15 Jun 2012 15:25 GMT

Is the lese majeste law, designed to prevent insults to the Thai royal family, being abused and should it be abolished?
Inside Story13 Jun 2012 11:41 GMT

As sectarian tensions run high in the country's west, we ask how it will impact the government's fragile reform plan.
Cambodia's Orphan Business
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Indonesia probes town's use of Islamic law
West Java mayor summoned to explain regulation that residents must live by religious standards.

Philippines fights flooding with recycling
Environmental group promotes recycling in effort to stop plastic waste clogging up waterways.

Thai government moves to protect kick-boxing
Cage fighting banned amid fears it is influencing local sport of kick boxing.

Myanmar fighting displaces thousands
Army offensive against Kachin rebels has forced more than 60,000 people into refugee camps.

Family's fury over China activist's cremation
Relatives of Li Wangyang, found hanged in hospital, say he was cremated against their will.

Japan's economy back to pre-quake levels
Public works projects plus grants and near zero-interest loans to companies to build factories aid recovery.

Philippines seeks US support against China
President Benigno Aquino travels to Washington as relations with neighbour China continue to sour.

Toxic fears in Malaysia over rare earth plant
Activists fear Australian-owned refinery on country's east coast will generate radioactive waste.

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