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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has formed a particular task force and opened an online-based public reporting system in a move to curb radicalism that spreads among civil servants.

The formation of the mechanism to stop the spread of radicalism among civil servants was endorsed by 11 related ministries and state agencies.(Indonesia-Radicalism)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to cancel a government-funded cherry-blossom viewing event in 2020, the top government spokesman said Wednesday.

As the event's criteria of selecting guests have been under fire by the opposition forces, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the government will carry out a "comprehensive" review.(Japan-PM-Event)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong police on Wednesday defended the action of a police officer shooting a rioter two days ago, saying that the officer reacted according to the guidelines.

The police have rules and guidelines on the use of firearms, Senior Superintendent of Operations Wong Wai-shun said at a press briefing here on Wednesday.(Hong Kong-Police) Enditem

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