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HONG KONG -- Speakers at an ongoing international symposium hosted by the Hong Kong Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) on Wednesday called for international anti-corruption cooperation including cooperation in the areas of extradition and mutual legal assistance.

"As corruption often transcends borders, local efforts are not enough. International cooperation is called for. Chapter IV of UNCAC (the United Nations Convention against Corruption) is dedicated to international cooperation and covers a wide range of measures including extradition and mutual legal assistance," Teresa Cheng, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government's Secretary for Justice, said in her keynote address at the 7th ICAC Symposium. (Hong Kong-Anti-corruption)

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BANGKOK -- The Thai Immigration Bureau on Wednesday told Thai media that fifteen Japanese nationals had been rounded up and arrested for allegedly running a call centre scam.

Police said the Japanese suspects will be deported back to Japan on Friday.

The group of scammers was rounded up on March 29 in Pattaya City after luring over 200 million yen (1.8 million U.S. dollars) from Japanese victims. They allegedly ran a phone scam targeting mostly elderly people in Japan by using extortion tactic. (Thailand-Japanese-Scam)

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HONG KONG -- A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote cross-boundary cooperation on audit regulation between Hong Kong and the mainland was signed here Wednesday.

The MoU was signed between the Supervision and Evaluation Bureau (SEB) of the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (Hong Kong-Mainland-Cooperation)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo stressed Wednesday that he would not tolerate anyone attempting to disrupt security and the ongoing process of democracy following unrest that killed six people after release of poll results.

Widodo said that police and military will take stern actions against rioters trying to create violence and anarchy. (Indonesia-Security) Enditem

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