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Gap in air quality between rich and poorer countries increases

In total, 90 percent of people around the world are breathing polluted air, which kills about seven million annually.

Polluting industries

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China's foreign minister heads to North Korea for talks

A possible visit by China's Xi to Pyongyang and the recent Koreas summit to dominate discussion of Wang's two-day visit.

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South, North Korea remove propaganda loudspeakers as ties thaw

Dismantling of sound equipment used to broadcast competing propaganda is part of goodwill effort between rival states.

propaganda loudspeakers

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Cardinal George Pell to face trial on sex abuse charges

Australian court rules that top-ranking Vatican cardinal must stand trial on historical sexual offence charges.

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Thailand releases magazine editor imprisoned for royal insult

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk was arrested in 2011 after launching a campaign calling for a reform of strict lese majesty law.

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk

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Hundreds of Thais protest, defying military ban

Government luxury housing project draws ire of northern Thais with one of the largest protests since 2014 military coup.

Chiang Mai

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North Korea vows to shut down nuclear test site: South Korea

Closure of test site will be done in public, under supervision of foreign experts, South Korea's presidency says.

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North Korea hails 'new milestone' in ties with South Korea

Amid praise and optimism, questions linger whether Pyongyang is willing to give up is nuclear weapons programme.

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India's Modi visits China's Xi to talk 'cooperation'

Wuhan summit seen as attempt to steer ties in a new direction amid border disputes and attempts at regional dominance.

Modi visits China's Xi

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Koreas to sign peace deal, pursue 'complete' denuclearisation

Kim and Moon promise to sign a peace treaty this year and pursue 'complete denuclearisation' and reunification.

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