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Who collects costs for Donald Trump’s Taiwan call?

China's irritation with the call has mostly been directed at the self-ruled island China claims as its own.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon may be unwitting loser in South Korea presidential scandal

Ban was until a month ago the front-runner in opinion polls to win the election, a race he was widely expected to contest from President Park's party.

Taiwan urges calm from China after Donald Trump call

In Taipei some said they now fear a Beijing backlash.

China to simplify tax scheme after switch to VAT

The change to a VAT tax, considered to be a more efficient way of taxing business, has gone relatively smoothly in China.

Fukushima reactor briefly loses cooling during inspection

The plant operator said cooling for the No 3 reactor, one of the three reactors that melted following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, was out for nearly one hour today until a backup pump kicked in.

US: White man allegedly harasses hijab-clad ‘hero’ Muslim cop, calls her ‘ISIS’

According to the police the man said, "ISIS (expletive), I will cut your throat, go back to your country!"

We have lost everything: Syrians on return to ravaged Aleppo

Abdul-Ghani Kassab, a senior official in the Aleppo governorate, said 750 families have returned to Hanano, which was home to tens of thousands before the conflict began.

China presses in ‘mist canon’ to fight pollution

With heavy smog covering Beijing, authorities are being forced to use the 'mist cannon', a large machine which dilutes haze and combats pollution.

Recapture of Mosul ‘possible’ before next US administration: Pentagon chief

The capture of Mosul, the largest city under IS control, is seen as crucial toward dismantling the caliphate the militants declared over parts of the Iraq and Syria in 2014.

UN racism expert urges Australia to maintain hate speech law

Removing Section 18 C of the Act would "open the door to racist and xenophobic hate-speech which has been quite limited thanks to this provision,'' said Mutuma Ruteere, UN racism rapporteur.

Donald Trump criticises China over currency, South China Sea

President-elect Donald Trump has already infuriated China by talking over phone with the Taiwanese President

Pentagon chief says satisfied with Japanese contribution to alliance

Japan is host to nearly 50,000 US troops and pays about $1.6 billion annually towards the cost of them being stationed, said Commander Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

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