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ASIA NEWS AGENDA ON THURSDAY
+ Save the Children halts Afghan ops after IS attack
+ US diplomat quits Suu Kyi panel on Rohingya crisis
+ Controversial Indian film opens amid high security
AFGHANISTAN
– Monitoring as Save the Children suspends operations across Afghanistan following an hours-long attack by Islamic State militants, the latest assault on a foreign charity.
MYANMAR
– Monitoring reaction after US diplomat Bill Richardson resigns from an Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed panel set up to ease communal tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and hits out at the Nobel Laureate for an ‘absence of moral leadership’ over the Rohingya crisis.
INDIA
– A controversial Indian movie that has angered Hindu extremists opens amid heightened security owing to fears of widespread riots.
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AUSTRALIA
– Tennis. Day 11 of the Australian Open Grand Slam in Melbourne.
– Cycling. Day one of Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
BANGLADESH
– Cricket. Bangladesh to take on Sri Lanka in a tri-nation one-day tournament in Dhaka.
CHINA
– Monitoring for reaction to new US sanctions on Chinese and North Korean firms and individuals for allegedly supporting Pyongyang and Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear weapons programme.
– Press briefing by Chinese Ministry of National Defense.
INDIA
– New Delhi hosts the India-ASEAN commemorative summit to be attended by 10 heads of state and government including Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi.
NEW ZEALAND
– Cricket. Second Twenty20 between Pakistan and New Zealand in Auckland.
PHILIPPINES
– Monitoring the eruption of Mayon volcano, which has been shooting intense lava fountains into the sky.
SOUTH KOREA
– Final day of a three-day visit by a South Korean delegation to the North to inspect venues for joint events linked to the Winter Olympics.
TAIWAN 
– ISU Four Continents figure skating championships.
VIETNAM
– US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visits Vietnam, where he is set to discuss freedom of movement in the disputed South China Sea, most of which is claimed by Beijing.