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A sombre and dignified ceremony in full military honours was held to receive the bodies of 20 Malaysian victims of downed jetliner MH17 at KL International Airport, The Star reports. Former Japanese prime minister Tomiichi Murayama lashed out at incumbent PM Shinzo Abe for his actions to chip away at Tokyo's previous effort to atone for its imperial past, says The Korea Herald. A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to its customers who buy infant milk powder amid food safety scares, according to China Daily. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf said it would continue talks with the government on Saturday after the week-long ongoing protest, says Dawn. Researchers in Singapore have come up with a way to fight superbug infections by combining antibiotics into more effective cocktails, The Straits Times reports.

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Lontong for Eid al-Fitri

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Ahok set to be Jakarta's first Chinese governor

Ahok set to be Jakarta's first Chinese governor
He downplays role of ethnicity, says he wants clean, capable leaders

Writer Mahtab Narsimhan chases perfection

Writer Mahtab Narsimhan chases perfection
This author is so passionate about her craft that she once scrapped a 70,000-word manuscript

Robots getting serious in China

Robots getting serious in China
In the next 10 years, the country's annual growth in robots is forecast to be about 40 per cent per year

Monks’ 11-hr prayers soften pain of 2010 hostage tragedy in Manila

Monks’ 11-hr prayers soften pain of 2010 hostage tragedy in Manila
27 monks from Gig Lok Monastery performed rituals for the souls of the victims in a prayer marathon

Too sloppy for a star?

Too sloppy for a star?
Singaporean singer Stefanie Sun's casual get-up at McDonald's causes a stir online, but celebs defend her right to dress down when not working

Big plans for tiny times

Big plans for tiny times
The latest installment of the highly criticised but immensely popular film series about a group of wealthy Shanghai youngsters is about to hit Chinese cinemas




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