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Duty Editor: Emily Ford

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ASIA NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ON FRIDAY

+ Thai protesters vow to ramp up anti-govt rallies

+ Biden in South Korea for final leg of Asia trip

+ UN envoy in Bangladesh on party talks mission

THAILAND

-- Protesters vow to ramp up their rallies aimed at toppling the government after the revered king's birthday provided a brief respite in tensions from violent political protests (THAILAND-POLITICS-PROTEST)

SOUTH KOREA

-- US Vice President Joe Biden to meet with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, with China's newly declared air defence identification zone expected to be a key topic, before making a speech at Yonsei University at 0400 GMT (SKOREA-US-DIPLOMACY)

BANGLADESH

-- UN envoy Oscar Fernandez-Taranco begins a mission to try to broker talks between Bangladesh's governing Awami League and opposition parties which have said they will boycott next month's elections (BANGLADESH-UNREST-POLITICS)

-- OTHER AGENDA ITEMS --

AUSTRALIA

-- Cricket. Second Ashes Test between Australia and England at Adelaide (CRICKET-AUS-ENG-ASHES)

HONG KONG

-- The government introduces a brand new air quality health index. At 0300 GMT. (HONGKONG-ENVIRONMENT-HEALTH-POLLUTION)

-- Golf. Asian/European Tour. Hong Kong Open (GOLF-ASIA-EPGA-HKG)

JAPAN

-- Diet session ends, with Japan's parliament appearing set to pass a controversial law protecting state secrets, despite widening criticism that it represents a power grab by an already-opaque government (JAPAN-POLITICS)

-- Figure skating: Grand Prix Final. (FSKATE-PRIX)

MALAYSIA

-- Malaysia's dominant political party, the United Malays National Organisation, holds its annual week-long congress following May elections that its ruling coalition won but with its worst showing ever (MALAYSIA-POLITICS-UMNO)

MYANMAR

-- Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers an address at a women's conference in Yangon. From 0830 GMT (MYANMAR-POLITICS-OPPOSITION)

-- IMF managing director Christine Lagarde arrives in Myanmar for a two-day visit that will include talks with the government, central bank and opposition figures (MYANMAR-IMF-ECONOMY)

NEW ZEALAND

-- Cricket. First Test between New Zealand and West Indies at Dunedin (CRICKET-NZL-WIS)

PHILIPPINES

-- Monitoring relief efforts as the death toll from Super Typhoon Haiyan continues to rise in the Philippines almost a month after the storm hit the country (PHILIPPINES-WEATHER-TYPHOON)

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