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This weekend, defense ministers from across Southeast Asia met to discuss issues from natural disasters to terrorism. The location of the meeting was unusual: for the first time, the officials met in Beijing. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It was an unusual weekend for defense ministers from Southeast Asia.  On Friday, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with each other—and with China’s defense minister.  Next on the agenda was a weekend security forum hosted by China.

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A submarine based at Pearl Harbor is taking part in naval exercises this week off the coast of India. The annual maneuvers not only involve ships from India - but this year are joined by a contingent from Japan.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One of the country’s leading political figures remains under attack for the use of a private email server for government business. But the person involved is not Hillary Clinton and the country is not the United States. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

The Prime Minister of Australia has been using a private email server for years—and he’s apologizing to no one.  Malcolm Turnbull says he sees nothing wrong with the practice, and has told reporters in Australia that he plans to continue it.

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It’s another tough week for air quality in parts of Southeast Asia. Haze is continuing to blow across the region from illegal forest fires set in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Authorities in Indonesia seem to be trying just about everything they can to fight illegal fires.

After first resisting international help, now they’re using firefighting resources from as far away as Australia.

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Japan’s largest annual information technology and electronics trade show just wrapped up this weekend outside Tokyo. Of all the gadgets and demonstrations and working models that were on display, there was one in particular that captured the imagination of the crowds….and the attention of the media. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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In the spring of last year, a military coup led to a change of government in Thailand.  As we wrap up our “Following Up” series this week, HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand’s been through a dozen military coups in a little more than 80 years since the abolition of the absolute monarchy.

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Next Tuesday, Indonesia’s president will mark one year in office. Joko Widodo came to power with promises of reform and change.  As part of our series “Following Up,” HPR’s Bill Dorman brings us up to date in today’s Asia Minute.

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All this week, HPR News is taking a new look at stories we’ve covered in the past—in a series we call “Following Up.” It’s been two and a half years since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh—killing more than 11,000 people.  Ever since then, international groups have been monitoring safety at similar operations. HPR’s Bill Dorman has a status report in today’s Asia Minute.

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One event that took the internet by storm a little more than a year ago was the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” People dumped ice water over their heads, preferably on camera, and in the process raised more than 100-million dollars for the fight against ALS.  You might be less familiar with the “Rice Bucket challenge”—which started in India. As part of our series this week “Following Up,” HPR’s Bill Dorman revisits the Rice Bucket Challenge in today’s Asia Minute.

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It’s been just over a year since thousands of protestors packed the streets of Hong Kong in a movement known as “Occupy Central.”  As part of our “Following Up” series this week, HPR’s Bill Dorman checks in with an update on Occupy Central in today’s Asia Minute.

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