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Roses, tears as Thai ex-PM Yingluck enters final stage of case

​Toppled Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was mobbed Friday by well-wishers, many bearing red roses, as she arrived for what could be the final hearing in a trial for criminal negligence that carries a 10-year jail term.

Pyongyang silent as ROK urges DPRK to accept dialogue offer

​The Republic of Korea's (ROK) defense ministry on Friday again pressed the DPRK to hold bilateral military talks on easing border tensions.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations

​Pakistan on Thursday called the Indian deputy high commissioner and lodged protest over the recent cross-border shelling by Indian forces that killed one soldier and two civilians.

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94 percent of employees in Taiwan considering job change: survey

94 percent of employees in Taiwan considering job change: survey

About 94 percent of employees in Taiwan are considering searching for a new job, indicating rigid new work rules as a major reason, a survey released by Taiwan's 1111 Job Bank showed on Friday.

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DPRK 2016 economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions: S. Korea

DPRK 2016 economic growth at 17-year high despite sanctions: S. Korea

DPRK's economy grew at 3.9 percent last year, the fastest pace since 1999, despite the country facing international sanctions amid its attempt in pursuing nuclear weapons, South Korea's central bank said on Friday.

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New Zealand mental patient's death puts Japan under spotlight

New Zealand mental patient's death puts Japan under spotlight

A Japanese campaign group whose members include lawyers and academics called on Wednesday for a change in psychiatric hospitals' practice of putting patients under prolonged restraint after the death of a New Zealand man.

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New Zealand signs customs agreement with EU

New Zealand signs customs agreement with EU

New Zealand Customs Minister Tim Macindoe on Tuesday welcomed the signing of a customs cooperation agreement with the European Union (EU) in Brussels overnight.

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Maintaining economic growth is key for success of BRICS mechanism: expert

Maintaining economic growth is key for success of BRICS mechanism: expert

​Boosting the sustainable economy is the biggest issue that five BRICS countries should handle. And whether the members will overcome the obstacle or not is key to the success of the BRICS mechanism, said Chen Dongxiao, president of the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies.

Sino-Japan

China, Japan should restore normal relations, says vice premier

China, Japan should restore normal relations, says vice premier

​China and Japan should protect the political foundation of bilateral relations and restore the normal development of their relationship at an early date, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong said Wednesday.

Korean Peninsula

Seoul to push complete denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Seoul to push complete denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

​The new South Korean government under President Moon Jae-in is pushing for a peaceful regime and the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Summits

Financial officials gather in Shanghai to prepare for BRICS summit

Financial officials gather in Shanghai to prepare for BRICS summit

​BRICS countries' financial ministers and central bank governors gathered in Shanghai on Monday, making preparation in financial field for BRICS summit later this year.