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Abe's electoral outcome, a big win for North Korea, and where does China go from here. These stories and more are on the December 19th edition of Asia News Weekly.

The Sydney Siege

Sydney, Australia was rocked this week when Man Haron Monis siezed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe. Host Steve…

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Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail…

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Up to 11 people are now reported to have died in a winter snow storm gripping much of Japan, as forecasters on Friday warned bad weather would continue.

Northern and central parts of Japan have been lashed by strong winds that have dumped huge quantities of snow over the last…

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Pakistan's military said on Friday it had killed 32 militants in clashes in a troubled tribal region near the Afghan border, days after a Taliban massacre killed 148 people at a school.

The insurgents were killed by security forces in an ambush in the Tirah area of Khyber, where the…

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 33-year-old man for secretly taking pictures of a young girl's breasts through a gap in her clothes.

According to police, it is the first arrest under a new law banning possession of child pornography, which includes secretly taking photos or videos, TV Asahi reported…

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A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells.

Haruko Obokata said she was dismayed that new laboratory tests have not been able to…

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Up to 11 people are now reported to have died in a winter snow storm gripping much of Japan, as forecasters on Friday warned bad weather would continue.

Northern and central parts of Japan have been lashed by strong winds that have dumped huge quantities of snow over the last…

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Window cleaners dressed as a horse and sheep (the outgoing and incoming animals according to the Chinese zodiac) clean the glass exterior of a hotel in Tokyo on Friday.

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A key advisor to flamboyant Australian mining billionaire and politician Clive Palmer was arrested on Friday, reportedly over the alleged kidnapping of a bank employee on an Indonesian island.

Andrew Crook, Palmer's media spokesman and confidante, was detained during a raid in Brisbane, the tycoon confirmed to the Australian Broadcasting…

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Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies.

The American, who quit Apple in 1987 -- 12 years after creating the technology giant with…

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