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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysia’s prime minister abandoned plans to repeal a controversial sedition law increasingly used against his regime's political opponents on November 27, as the opposition warned of a lurch back to authoritarian rule.

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A Thai court has rejected a bail request for the two Myanmar suspects accused of the murder of two British tourists on the Thai resort island of Koh Tao.

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Beijing (AFP) - China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by activists as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

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New Delhi,(AFP) - Health campaigners on November 26 welcomed India's plans to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 25 and ban unpackaged cigarettes, hailing them as a major step towards stopping nearly one million tobacco-related deaths a year.

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Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - The death toll from an explosion in a Malaysian coal mine manned by foreign workers has risen to four, including a Myanmar national, police said November 26, while around two dozen others were injured, some with serious burns.

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Beijing (AFP) - Beijing dismissed US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea as "irresponsible" on November 24.