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Myanmar’s first census in decades bars name Rohingya

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar on Sunday for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as “Rohingya”. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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China graft crackdown hits Hong Kong’s ‘Dried Seafood Street’

<!– google_ad_section_start –> In a narrow Hong Kong street filled with the tang of dried sea creatures, shopkeepers are blaming China’s recent corruption crackdown for falling sales of expensive banquet foods such as shark fin and abalone. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Reforms set to bring foreign oil firms back to Mexico

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has proposed sweeping reforms of the country’s oil sector that would allow foreign energy firms back into the industry 75 years after being thrown out. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Australian election campaigners clash on spending

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday increased pressure on the conservative opposition to reveal its policy costings, as the economy was judged the number one issue in next month’s election. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Top EU diplomat meets deposed Egyptian leader Mursi

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The European Union’s top diplomat, who met deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi on Monday, said he was well. She also said she had impressed on all those she met in Egypt the need to move forward peacefully following Mursi’s ousting nearly a month ago. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cambodian opposition rejects Hun Sen election win

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Cambodia’s opposition on Monday rejected the claim of victory by the ruling party of strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen in weekend elections, alleging widespread irregularities. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Spy Agencies Under Heaviest Scrutiny Since Abuse Scandal of the ’70s

With alarm over the threat of terrorism in slow decline, both political parties appear to be no longer willing to give national security automatic priority over privacy and civil liberties.

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Call for Beijing to work with Taiwan to reunify in ‘Chinese-style’ democracy

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Former Taiwanese premier Hau Pei-tsun told a lecture at City University in Hong Kong that the two steps were necessary to achieve “the Chinese dream”, a phrase President Xi Jinping has used frequently to describe his vision for the country. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Tens of thousands line up to cast votes in Bhutan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Tens of thousands of people in Bhutan lined up on Saturday to elect a government in the tiny Himalayan nation’s second parliamentary elections. An earlier round held in May eliminated three of five political parties, leaving Bhutan’s ruling Peace and Prosperity Party and the main opposition People’s Democratic Party to contest Saturday’s conclusive poll. The remote nation of about 738,000 held its first election in 2008 after the king voluntarily reduced the monarchy’s role in running the country. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy pardoned ahead of vote

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Cambodia’s opposition leader in exile won a royal pardon on Friday, vowing to return to help his party fight strongman premier Hun Sen who is seeking to extend his nearly three decade grip on power. Sam Rainsy, who lives in France, had faced 11 years in jail after he was convicted in absentia for charges that he contends were politically motivated, including publishing a false map of the border with Vietnam. “All of his convictions are clear now. He is a free man, he is welcome back home and he can come back anytime,” cabinet spokesman Phay Siphan said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lawmaker to call for Legco to delay Tuen Mun landfill debate

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A legislator is planning to propose that lawmakers defer indefinitely Friday’s discussion and possible vote on a controversial proposal to fund a study on the expansion of the Tuen Mun landfill. Democratic Party’s Wu Chi-wai said he would raise a motion to abort the debate, scheduled for the finance committee meeting in the Legislative Council on Friday afternoon, concerning the government’s request for HK$35 million to fund the study. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Hong Kong lawmakers to meet top Beijing official Zhang Xiaoming for lunch

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Legislative Council president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing notified council members on Monday that officials from the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong had been invited to attend a lunch with them next Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Egyptian army outlines post-Mursi plan as clock ticks

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Egypt’s army has plans to push Mohammed Mursi aside and suspend the constitution after an all but impossible ultimatum it has given the Islamist president expires in less than 24 hours, military sources told reporters on Tuesday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Kunming ex-official, 92, an unlikely leader for farmers fighting land seizures

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Villagers angered by government land seizures in Yunnan province heed the rally cry of former official Yang Weijun, who in May blasted corrupt officials during a massive gathering. “We can overcome these feudal corrupt forces,” he had said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Susan Rice: Snowden leaks haven’t weakened Obama

<!– google_ad_section_start –> UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice dismissed claims that Edward Snowden’s highly classified leaks have weakened the Obama presidency and damaged U.S. foreign policy, insisting that the United States will remain “the most influential, powerful and important country in the world.” Rice’s remarks were her only public ones on Snowden and came in an interview with The Associated Press as she prepared to leave the U.N. post and start her new job Monday as President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Tseung Kwan O landfill plan withdrawn amid opposition

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing announced the decision at the start of a Legislative Council meeting, admitting the government had failed to secure enough support for the plan. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Car rams front gate of Apple Daily boss Jimmy Lai’s home

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A car crashed into the entrance gate of Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-ying’s home in Ho Man Tin in the early hours of Wednesday morning. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Indonesians up in arms over fuel price rise plan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Thousands of protesters rallied across Indonesia yesterday against government plans to raise the price of fuel, with police in Jakarta firing tear gas to stop hundreds storming the national parliament. Several people were injured in the clashes. Lawmakers yesterday approved budget amendments that would pave the way for a rise of 33 per cent, the first such increase since 2008. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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How the Executive Council lost its voice and power

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Tainted by scandal and dismissed as essentially powerless by Legco’s president, Exco’s role as a policymaking body is under scrutiny, with some urging an overhaul to restore its credibility. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Pakistanis head to polls in unpredictable election

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Despite a bloody campaign marred by Taliban attacks, Pakistan was holding historic elections on Saturday pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation. Polls opened on Saturday morning across the nation in what is a closely watched race to determine the fate of this nuclear-armed country crucial to stability in the region. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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