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Exclusive: Malaysia mistook slain Kim Jong Nam for South Korean

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian authorities wrongly identified the slain half-brother of North Korea's leader as a South Korean national and first alerted Seoul's embassy in Kuala Lumpur soon after his death, sources familiar with the incident told Reuters.

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Exclusive: Trump's 'big data' consultant to meet Australian government

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE The big data company credited with helping Donald Trump win the U.S. presidency has registered a company in Australia and plans to meet the country's ruling conservative Liberal Party next week, according to documents and a government official.

Australia 3:12am EDT

Thousands told to evacuate Australian town after cyclone brings flood fears

SYDNEY Australian authorities ordered the evacuation of large parts of a major town of more than 25,000 people on Thursday as a storm system generated by a powerful cyclone that pummeled the northeast two days ago swept down the coast with heavy rain.

Environment, Australia 4:17am EDT

U.S. arrest of Turkish banker 'completely political': justice minister

ANKARA The arrest in the United States of a top Turkish banker charged with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate sanctions against Iran is a "completely political" move, Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Thursday.

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Philippine lawmaker pushes for Duterte impeachment over 'defeatist' China stance

MANILA A Philippines lawmaker filed supplementary charges on Thursday to an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte, accusing him of taking a "defeatist stance" by doing nothing to challenge Beijing's activities in the South China Sea.

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Vietnam labels Taiwan drills on disputed island 'serious violation'

HANOI Vietnam on Thursday denounced Taiwan's military drills on and around a disputed South China Sea island, labeling them a serious violation of its sovereignty and a threat to maritime security.

China, South China Sea 4:03am EDT

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