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US Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was in good condition overall on Friday and is expected to have his stitches removed early next week from injuries inflicted by a South Korean assailant, a report in The Korea Herald states. Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha voiced his opposition to a proposed two-year exclusion from politics for members of the five junta-appointed organisations in a bid to prevent them from "inheriting power" gained from the coup, The Nation reports. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he did not send the Special Action Force on a “suicide mission” in Mamasapano, and neither would he order one in the hunt for other high-profile terrorists, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Four islands in Fiji, Greece, the United Kingdom and Canada were put up for auction on China's largest online shopping platform Taobao, with three of them sold within 12 hours, China Daily writes. Japanese lawmakers want to grant 18-year-olds the right to vote, says The Yomiuri Shimbun.

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