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Net Neutrality! Its the big thing on everyone's feed these days. But for many in Asia, net neutrality has never been an issue because we've never had it. That said in places like Thailand and S Korea, free market capitalism has trumped net neutrality concerns because ISP are in a rush to offer the best services for less. Its not possible in the US because in many areas there is only one ISP for large areas. If you want to get rid of net neutrality make sure that people can choose between different ISPs.
 
 
   
Cod Satrusayang
ANN Managing Director
 
 
  9 killed in suicide attack on a Pakistani Church, government says  
 
     
 
  At least nine people were killed and 30 injured in a suicide attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta's Zarghoon Road on Sunday afternoon. All casualties, which included women and children, were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta. Speaking on Sunday evening, Hospital Spokesman Waseem Baig said the death toll had risen to nine.

At least two suicide attackers had struck the Bethel Memorial Church while Sunday service was ongoing. There were 400 worshipers inside the church when the assault started, Balochistan's Inspector General of Police (IG) Moazzam Ansari and Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed to DawnNews. Police assigned to the church's security reacted in a timely manner and averted a much larger tragedy, IG Ansari claimed. Eyewitnesses and provincial lawmaker Aniqa Irfan, who had reached the church soon after the attack, corroborated the claim. An eyewitness who was present inside the church at the time of the attack said the attackers had scuffled with the building's guard when their attempt to enter the main hall undetected failed.
 
 
 
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Duterte comes out for gay marriage
 
   
 
President Duterte appeared to have turned into an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocate overnight when he told the 7th LGBT Davao year-end gathering at Azuela Cove in Davao City that he was against gender discrimination.
 
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Myanmar team flies to Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya repatriation
 
   
 
A six-member Myanmar delegation arrives in Dhaka today for a meeting to set up the Joint Working Group, which would facilitate the repatriation of Rohingyas who fled violence in Rakhine State.
 
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China works to fix and better regulate IPOs
 
   
 
Tightened approvals for initial public offering or IPO applications will help boost market trust and improve the quality of new stocks, analysts said.
 
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  Chinese strategic recalculation in mending ties with S Korea  
 
     
 
  South Korea's reassurances to China over its security concerns paved the way for better relations and President Moon Jae In's state visit, analysts said. And Mr Moon's visit has in turn boosted ties between the neighbours strained by South Korea's deployment of an anti-missile system that Beijing said hurt its security interests. But what could have motivated the Chinese to mend ties with Seoul could be the strategic importance of a good relationship with the South Koreans, say analysts.

Mr Moon met President Xi Jinping on Thursday (Dec 14), during which the leaders pledged to improve ties and cooperate on resolving the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully. At his meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Friday, Mr Li said the two sides may soon reopen communication channels to discuss economic issues, South Korean media reported. Mr Moon, in an effort to draw the two sides closer together, also highlighted the common history of the two countries by sending his ambassador to Nanjing on Thursday to attend ceremonies to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the massacre wrought by Japanese soldiers during their occupation of the city.
 
 
 
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