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U.S. missionary thrust to the centre of Turkey-U.S. crisis

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IZMIR, Turkey When Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the U.S. evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency papers in Turkey, his home for nearly a quarter of a century.

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Empty hotels, idle boats - What happens when a Pacific island upsets China 8:15am BST

KOROR, Palau Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.

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How a mother's tough choice gave her son a potential U.S. asylum advantage 17 Aug 2018

SAN FRANCISCO/WEST PALM BEACH For two months in detention after being separated from her 14-year old son by U.S. border officials, Catalina Sales worried about how he was doing and when she would see him again. | Video

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The Rohingya lists - refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar 17 Aug 2018

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the Rohingya refugee camp where he lives in Bangladesh. | Video

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Special Report - Children poisoned by lead on U.S. Army bases as hazards ignored 16 Aug 2018

FORT BENNING, Georgia Army Colonel J. Cale Brown put his life on the line in two tours of duty in Afghanistan, earning a pair of Bronze Stars for his service. In between those deployments, Brown received orders to report to Fort Benning, the sprawling Georgia base that proudly describes itself as the century-old home of the U.S. infantry. | Video

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In India's citizenship test, a spelling error can ruin a family 17 Aug 2018

DHUBRI, India Riyazul Islam says he had to produce family documents going back to 1951 to prove he was an Indian and not an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant. But a draft list of citizens released in July excluded him and his mother, among a total of about 4 million people left off. | Video

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Special Report - Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar 15 Aug 2018

YANGON, Myanmar In April, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. senators that the social media site was hiring dozens more Burmese speakers to review hate speech posted in Myanmar. The situation was dire.

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China's student activists cast rare light on brewing labour unrest 16 Aug 2018

SHENZHEN, China When Shen Mengyu graduated with a master's degree from a top Chinese university in 2015, she could have landed a comfortable job in government or at one of China's internet giants. | Video

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From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly 14 Aug 2018

BEIJING Filip Liu, a 31-year-old software developer from Beijing, was travelling in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang when he was pulled to one side by police as he got off a bus.

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Japan's Akihito pushed imperial boundaries to reach out to Asia 14 Aug 2018

TOKYO When Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko stood, heads bowed, at a seaside cliff on Saipan 60 years after a bloody World War Two battle, their silent prayers conveyed a message many felt resonated louder than words.

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Autostrade vows to rebuild bridge; stops short of apology

GENOA Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia pledged on Saturday to rebuild a bridge that collapsed in Genoa this week killing at least 40 people, but its chief executive stopped short of apologising for the disaster. | Video