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The colours blue and green symbolise the rift between opposing political parties in Taiwan, an entrenched divide that polarises friends and families, with this weekend's historic China summit adding fuel to the fire.
Beijing is casting itself as the peacemaker in this weekend's historic summit with Taiwan, but experts say it is at least partly aiming to draw attention away from its aggressive expansionism in the South China Sea.
At least 18 people were killed and 51 injured when the roof of a factory collapsed near the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said, with around a hundred more still trapped.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for a new constitution that would give him greater powers, heightening opposition fears over authoritarian rule.
Investigators began examining the two black boxes from the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the probe would take time.
US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tajikistan to talk about security threats on its Afghan border, on the fourth leg of a five-nation tour of Central Asia.
South Korean singer Psy is set to release his first album for more than three years, with the "Gangnam Style" star vowing a return "to his roots".
Russia's air force has struck the area around the Islamic State-held ancient city of Palmyra, as Moscow pressed on with its bombing campaign in Syria.
New Delhi has failed to collect a new "pollution toll" from trucks entering the city, just one day after the levy was introduced to improve air quality in the choked city.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rose from humble beginnings to become Turkey's most powerful politician since Ataturk.
Turkish politicians rallied their supporters on the eve of a vote many fear is unlikely to bring an end to months of instability.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics pulled out of an extended earnings dive, reporting a nearly 30 percent surge in third-quarter net profit and announcing a $10 billion share buyback.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Thursday for a "comprehensive and concrete" agreement on climate change in December, as he addressed African leaders at a major summit in New Delhi.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Israel Premier Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to meet Quartet representatives "within days" in the hope of kick-starting stalled peace talks.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on a hospital run by the MSF medical charity in Yemen and called for an end to the fighting.
Desperate survivors appealed for food and blankets after a devastating earthquake killed more than 360 people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Malaysia increasingly resembles a "police state" as the government uses repressive laws to silence critics including those demanding the prime minister answer corruption allegations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin held phone talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia focussed on seeking a solution to the Syria crisis, the Kremlin said.
Australia marked 30 years since the world's largest monolith Uluru was returned to its traditional Aboriginal owners with the government admitting it has not lived up to commitments made back then.
The bodies of at least 43 people thought to be migrants washed up on Libyan beaches east of the capital Tripoli at the weekend.
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