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Families of executed Myanmar activists say military refusing to hand over bodies

Foreign Minister Penny Wong says Australia opposes the death penalty, calling on the junta to release unjustly detained prisoners and end violence in the country.
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Phyo Zeya Thaw arrives at the Myanmar parliament in yellow shirt with party pin and bag

Former rapper and MP among four people executed by junta in Myanmar

By Erin Handley with wires
Among those executed was former hip-hop artist and ousted MP Phyo Zeya Thaw, who has close ties to Australia and whose death has sent a ripple of shock through the diaspora community here.
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ASX flat, EML plunges 22pc while Flight Centre jumps on upbeat forecast

By business reporter Samuel Yang and wires
Australian shares struggle for momentum as gains in miners on the back of firm commodity prices counter losses in technology and financial stocks.
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A man and woman, with their baby in a pram, looking at the ASX stock market boards in Sydney.

Volcanic eruption on island in Japan

A volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu erupts, sending a black ash cloud billowing high into the air.
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Black and grey smoke coming out of a volcano.

'It'd cripple livelihoods': Farmers worried about foot-and-mouth disease — and government's response

The federal government says it is doing enough to stop foot-and-mouth disease entering the country, but some farmers and travellers aren't convinced, despite new control measures being introduced last week.
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a woman and a man standing in a paddock with cattle grazing in the background

Chinese court rules against single Beijing woman who wanted to freeze eggs

A Chinese court has overruled a rare legal challenge brought by an unmarried Beijing woman who was refused access to egg-freezing services by a hospital.
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Woman in mask stands outside court, speaking to media as police stand behind.

'We've pretty much run out of food': Sri Lankans in Australia send groceries home to desperate families

By Joshua Boscaini and Vidita Sharma
As Sri Lanka plunges further into a crippling economic crisis that has led to shortages of food, fuel and gas, many expats in Australia are sending essential supplies to desperate families back home.
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Ivanka Jayasuriya wears a Sri Lankan flag

South Korea to lift ban on North Korean TV, newspapers despite tensions

South Korea plans to lift its decades-long ban on public access to North Korean television, newspapers and other publications as part of its efforts to promote mutual understanding.
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Flash floods kill 22 people in southern Iran, others still missing

Thirteen of the bodies have been identified, state media reported, after heavy rains in the central parts of Estehban County, with video on social media showing cars caught in rising waters and carried away.
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Iran flooding

'The money does flow back to the military': Invoices reveal Australian embassy spent $750,000 at five-star hotel linked to junta

Exclusive by Erin Handley
Official documents reveal an Australian embassy spent $750,000 at a luxury hotel built on land owned and leased by Myanmar's military junta, with activists saying taxpayer dollars should not have been used. 
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A picture of a woman watering with a hose with a large house in the background with a view of the Inya Lake

China establishes new minerals giant to gain leverage on Australian exporters

By East Asia correspondent Bill Birtles
China's government has established a new minerals giant that will purchase iron ore from abroad on behalf of Chinese steel producers — a move seen as an attempt to gain long-term leverage in price negotiations with Australian exporters.
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An earth mover shifts dirt into a truck in the Pilbara

ASX jumps on boost from resources and banking stocks, Wall Street sharply higher on strong corporate earnings

By business reporter Samuel Yang and wires
Australian shares are heading for their best day in weeks, with resources stocks jumping on worries over a supply crunch and banks advancing on expectations higher interest rates will boost profits.
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A woman and a man look at the Australian Security Exchange boards in Sydney
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analysis: Australia is facing a hard reality when it comes to China's influence

By Richard Maude and Dominique Fraser
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese comes to power at a decisive moment for South-East Asia, a decade that likely will determine if the region's ceaseless quest for strategic autonomy is sustainable as China's influence grows and competition with the United States intensifies.
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Anthony Albanese in a suit and glasses in front of australian, indigenous and torres strait island flags

Former Japanese leader Shinzo Abe's death 'could have been avoided', eight security experts say

Eight security experts reviewing the assassination of former Japanese leader, Shinzo Abe, say his bodyguards could have saved his life.
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A japanese politician in a suit holding a microphone stands on a platform on a city street with people in masks surrounding him

ASX rises, Suncorp share price jumps amid ANZ takeover bid, NZ inflation hits 7.3 per cent,

By business reporter Samuel Yang and wires
As comments from two US central bank officials eased fears about a bigger interest rate hike this month, Australian shares rose on Monday, while Suncorp scrip jumped after ANZ said it would buy the insurer's banking business.
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A stock market watcher stands in front of an ASX board.

China promotes 'correct aesthetic' after online firestorm over Chinese models' eye shape

By Samuel Yang and Joyce Cheng for China Tonight
After Chinese models with small eyes were blasted for insulting China by nationalists online, the government has urged TV companies to conform to the "correct aesthetic". 
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A Chinese woman with short black hair, red lipstick and blue jumper.

Deadly flash flooding in China kills 12 people, as thousands are evacuated

Flash floods in south-west and north-west China leave at least a dozen people dead and put thousands of others in harm's way, according to state media.
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Car beside remnant of a bridge that was washed away by flash flooding, as muddy waters flow along the river.

Sri Lanka's parliament meets to replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Politicians are meeting to decide who will become Sri Lanka's next president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigned. The parliament's speaker has promised it will be a swift and transparent political process.
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Protesters block the entrance to presidential secretariat in Colombo

Xi Jinping makes rare visit to China's Xinjiang region amid criticism of mass detention

Analysts say it's possible a million people have been detained in the region over time, but the Chinese president shows no signs of backing down from policies that have come under criticism from the West. 
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Xi Jinping walks, surrounded by people clapping

Why Singaporeans are so relaxed about their latest COVID outbreak

Although its COVID cases spiked after a public holiday this week, Singapore has resisted reintroducing most restrictions, allowing residents to all but return to pre-pandemic life, ahead of September's Formula 1 Grand Prix.
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An Asian family with two young parents with two school-age children smile at camera from a table in restaurant

Expectations of China backflipping on Australian coal ban grow as country's economic pain deepens

By East Asia correspondent Bill Birtles with wires
Expectations that China's leader Xi Jinping will reverse his unofficial ban on Australian coal imports are growing as the country's economic problems continue to mount.
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Coal is loaded onto ships.

Big miners weigh on ASX as iron ore prices slide

By business reporter Sue Lannin, wires
The Australian share market lost ground weighed down by heavyweight miners after iron ore prices tumbled. Rising business inflation and lower profits at big Wall Street banks weighed down US stocks. 
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This couple have been living in a church hall for six months, but a 'first-of-its-kind' village could change all that

Hundreds remain in limbo after a COVID-19 outbreak slowed Tonga's efforts to recover from January's volcanic eruption and tsunami, but spirits remain high and ambitious plans are in place to rebuild.
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Reverend Toetu'u and his wife pose in front of their fishing boat.

Solomons PM says a Chinese military base would make his country an 'enemy'

By foreign affairs reporter Stephen Dziedzic
Despite both prime ministers coming to an understanding on the controversial issue, Chinese assistance in Solomon Islands hasn't been entirely ruled out. 
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sitting with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

US annual inflation rises 9.1 per cent, posting largest increase since 1981

By business reporter Samuel Yang and wires
Australian shares have risen on Thursday, lifted by mining and gold companies after a sharp rebound in commodity prices, although worries over hot US inflation data and an impending rate hike capped gains.
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A person shops in a supermarket in Manhattan, New York City.