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Civilians emerge as pawns in South China Sea legal chess game

HONG KONG/MANILA - On tiny specks in the disputed Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea, Vietnamese and Filipino children skip to school each day. Not far away, China is building lighthouses and weather stations on reclaimed land. Further north, a Chinese cruise ship takes "patriotic" tourists to a separate group of contested islands.

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South Korea to ban taxi services by private drivers in blow to Uber

SEOUL - South Korean lawmakers passed a bill early on Friday to ban taxi services provided by private drivers, marking what is likely the first nationwide legislation to outlaw Uber Technologies Inc's low-cost uberX service.

South Korea 28 May 2015

Poland sees tough talks on Britain's EU immigrant plan

WARSAW - Poland will be very firm in its talks with Prime Minister David Cameron over the situation of Polish immigrants in Britain and would reject changing EU treaties, ministers from the Eastern European country said.

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Al Jazeera reporter Greste fears Egyptian conviction in absentia

SYDNEY - Al Jazeera reporter Peter Greste, deported after spending 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges that included aiding a terrorist group, fears he will be found guilty in absentia at a retrial that resumes in Cairo next week.

Egypt 28 May 2015

Leak of radioactive material at India's Delhi airport

NEW DELHI - There was a leak of radioactive material on Friday on board a Turkish Airlines freight plane at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, government and airport officials said, adding it had been contained.

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Japanese island to be evacuated after volcano erupts

TOKYO - A volcano on the remote southern Japanese island of Kuchinoerabujima erupted suddenly on Friday, blasting plumes of black smoke high into the sky, prompting authorities to start evacuating the island and airlines to re-route flights.

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