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  Cambodian Supreme Court dissolves opposition party  
 
     
 
  The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party, removing the only existing electoral threat to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s grip on power in the Kingdom and undoing in one stroke the opposition’s gains over the last five years. After a five-hour trial and two hours of deliberation, presiding judge and senior Cambodian People’s Party official Dith Munty announced the verdict just after 5pm Thursday evening, ordering the disbanding of the CNRP and banning 118 of its senior officials from any political activity in the Kingdom for five years, effective immediately.

Munty made sure to announce that the court’s decision was final and that there could be no appeal. The hearing was a one-sided event, with the CNRP declining to send legal representation – a move Munty cited as a confession of guilt. Based on a complaint filed by the Ministry of Interior last month, the case relied on a single narrative – that the CNRP was attempting to overthrow the government through a so-called “colour revolution” aided by the United States.
 
 
 
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Quake leaves 1,500 homeless in S Korea
 
   
 
More than 1,500 residents in the southeastern port city of Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province, have been displaced by Wednesday’s 5.4 magnitude earthquake and a series of aftershocks following the initial tremor.
 
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Thai anti-corruption body gives itself highest marks
 
   
 
The nation’s anti-corruption organisation gave itself the top marks among five independent groups in its integrity and transparency assessment report released on Thursday.
 
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Agriculture in Bhutan to adapt to climate change
 
   
 
Bhutan’s agriculture sector could suffer severely from climate change if adaptation practices are not taken up urgently, according to a World Bank report released on November 14.
 
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  Japan examines how to block N Korean agents from entering  
 
     
 
  The government has been examining measures to deal with a large number of North Koreans escaping to Japan in the case of a contingency on the Korean Peninsula, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

To prevent the entry of people who could pose security risks, such as North Korean agents, the main policies include reinforcing patrols by Japan Coast Guard vessels in the Sea of Japan and carefully inspecting the evacuees at ports. People allowed to stay temporarily will receive shelter at a provisional reception facility. Kyushu is the most likely location for the facility, as it is close to the Korean Peninsula.

If the United States launches military strikes on North Korea, the government estimates that “tens of thousands of evacuees from North Korea could reach the Japanese coast by wooden boats and other means,” a person connected to the Japanese government said. If North Korean agents or terrorists successfully enter the country disguised as evacuees, it is feared they could target vital facilities such as those of U.S. forces stationed in Japan, the Self-Defense Forces and nuclear power plants.
 
 
 
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