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China's ongoing efforts to build and upgrade infrastructure on islands and reefs in the South China Sea will improve its maritime search and rescue capability and help other nations, according to China Daily. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s recent revocation of his anticipated visit to Russia may have resulted from Moscow’s lukewarm response to Pyongyang’s plans to purchase its air defence missile systems, The Korea Herald reports. Long-wanted suspected terrorist bomber Abdul Basit Usman was killed in a military operation in Guindulungan town, Maguindanao, says Philippine Daily Inquirer. The chairman of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang, Eric Chu, begins his first visit to mainland China since taking up his post early this year, and is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the first time, a report in The China Post states. Editors shut down socio-political website The Real Singapore after the Media Development Authority suspended their licence to operate the site and ordered them to take it offline, The Straits Times says.

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Godzilla resurrected as Kabukicho tourism ambassador

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Go nuts and put peanut butter in everything

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More senior Chinese head for Hainan in winter

Many of them have been heading to the south for warmer weather

Heartbroken Filipinos turn to humour to ease pain

Heartbroken Filipinos turn to humour to ease pain
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'Still the people’s champ’

'Still the people’s champ’
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NEPAL QUAKE: Rebuilding, restoring
The despair that the Nepali people feel about the destruction of their heritage sites is a deep one

NEPAL QUAKE: Hell in the hinterlands

NEPAL QUAKE: Hell in the hinterlands
In lack of data on the affected, relief teams struggle to reach those in urgent need

K-pop stars, actors model for soju, beer brands

K-pop stars, actors model for soju, beer brands
Soju has a pervasive influence throughout Korean culture -- and hallyu is no exception

Hyun Bin makes TV comeback

Hyun Bin makes TV comeback
Second time’s the charm for the South Korean actor who plays a dual-role character in Hyde, Jekyll, Me




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