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MANILA -- Eighty Filipinos have been awarded and accepted to study at several Chinese universities this year, the Chinese embassy in the Philippines announced on Friday.

After carefully evaluating several applications, the Chinese embassy said the China Scholarship Council has approved the applications of 80 Filipinos to receive the 2019 Chinese Government Scholarship. (Philippines-China-Education)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has filed criminal charges against 17 current and former directors of Goldman Sachs subsidiaries, Malaysian Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said on Friday.

He explained that the fresh charges were in relation to charges filed last December against the key employees at three Goldman Sachs subsidiaries: Goldman Sachs International, Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC and Goldman Sachs (Singapore) Pte, he said in a statement. (Malaysia-Law)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that he hopes to reach a trade deal with the United States at an early juncture that would benefit both countries.

"It depends on future negotiations when we can reach a final agreement, so I can't say when now," the Japanese premier said. (Japan-U.S.-Trade)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) concluded Friday that the crash of an F-35A stealth fighter into the Pacific Ocean in April was caused by human error and not a mechanical fault.

The conclusion that the pilot had experienced "spatial disorientation" before the fatal crash follows an investigative report released in June that drew the same conclusion. (Japan-F-35A-Human Error) Enditem

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