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Investigators from Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council have recovered the two black boxes of crashed TransAsia Airways passenger plane GE222, The China Post reports. China has successfully tested its land-based anti-missile system on Wednesday, its third successful test since 2010, writes China Daily. Indonesia President-elect Joko Widodo has launched the “People’s choices for an alternative cabinet” survey on his website to gauge what the people want in the new line-up of the cabinet, according to The Jakarta Post. Japan has been importing from China large quantities of European eel, an endangered species whose export from Europe is banned, says Yomiuri Shimbun. The Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12.06 am on Sunday, says Philippine Daily Inquirer.

 

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