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Chinese President Xi Jinping called for "firm opposition" to pro-independence forces in Taiwan while stressing the peaceful development of cross-Straits ties, China Daily writes. Several members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front involved in the January 25 killing of 44 Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano have been identified, the Philippine Daily Inquirer learns. US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was injured in an attack by a razor-wielding assailant who said he was against the ongoing military drills between the two countries, a report in The Korea Herald states. France said six priceless artefacts from Thailand were stolen from the Chateau de Fontainebleau museum last week, according to The Nation. US first lady Michelle Obama will visit Japan for three days from March 18, a report in The Yomiuri Shimbun states. 

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Birdman to screen in Beijing festival

Under Chinese policy, only 34 foreign films can be screened in cinemas every year, so the battle for the market is tough

Tongin Market reinvents itself with old-fashioned street food

The market is still small in scale but features quick-bite food stalls and shops selling knick-knacks

More senior Chinese head for Hainan in winter

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

Google doodles on noodles

Google doodles on noodles
March 5 is the birthday of instant noodle creator Momofuku Ando

Cinema for the grannies

Cinema for the grannies
Silver cinemas, screening classic films, hope to quench old folks’ thirst for culture

Cost of war

Cost of war
10,000 metric tonnes of rice lost in a year

Hanoi's stall owner helps preserve capital's old-world charm

Hanoi's stall owner helps preserve capital's old-world charm
Wild sparrows add character to the city's old charm

K-pop idols increasingly going solo

K-pop idols increasingly going solo
Some have made stronger impression with critics as solo acts

Aishwarya debuts edgy new look in Indian Vogue

Aishwarya debuts edgy new look in Indian Vogue
Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan debuts an edgy new look on the cover of this month's Indian Vogue




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