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Chinese journalist jailed over leak

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for seven years for leaking a confidential Communist Party strategy paper to a foreign website.
China 'building runway in Spratlys'

Satellite images show China is making progress on building an airstrip on a reef in disputed territory in the South China Sea, a report says.
'Preventable rabies kills 160 per day'

More than 160 people die every day from rabies, despite it being a preventable disease, says a report by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.
Men fined for burning marsupial

Two French tourists who filmed themselves burning an endangered quokka in Australia are given a fine for animal cruelty.
Demand for rubber 'threatens forests'

The global demand for rubber tyres is threatening protected forests in Southeast Asia, according to a study.
Vietnam asylum seekers 'returned'

Australia is repatriating up to 50 Vietnamese asylum seekers who had arrived by boat earlier this month, local media report.
Kashmiri separatist leader arrested

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir arrest a prominent separatist leader who they say has been responsible for encouraging his supporters to wave Pakistan flags in the valley.
Huge meth haul in New Zealand raids

Police in New Zealand seize 123kg of methamphetamine in drug busts on two apparently unrelated gangs, arresting nine people.
Pakistan top court halts executions

Pakistan's Supreme Court suspends death sentences passed by controversial new military tribunals, until it rules on the legality of the sentences.
India crowd-funds ice hockey team

Crowd-funding is paying for India's ice hockey team to take part in an upcoming international tournament in Kuwait.
Anzac centenary details unveiled

Australia's largest Anzac Day service will include an Aboriginal didgeridoo and the story of the founder of modern-day Turkey, officials announce.
VIDEO: Freedoms and fears of the Uighurs

The BBC looks at why some Uighur communities can live freely in Kazakhstan, while others could never do so in China.
VIDEO: Journalist jailed for 'sharing secrets'

A prominent Chinese journalist, Gau Yu, has been sentenced to seven years in prison for allegedly leaking an internal Communist Party memo.
VIDEO: Affordable art fever grips Asia

Few art lovers can afford big name art works - but Asia is increasingly discovering the world of the affordable art fair as a way to find that special piece.
VIDEO: Sole-d: Why Northampton shoes are big in Japan

Around a third of all shoes made in the UK end up in Japan.
VIDEO: China 'has more problems than US'

Former US treasury secretary Hank Paulson discusses his new book on China which says the country's problems are underestimated.
VIDEO: Schoolchildren flee China quake

Earthquakes, including one measuring as magnitude 5.8, strike northern China, reportedly killing one person and damaging hundreds of houses.
VIDEO: Ferry disaster: Grief and anger one year on

A total of 304 people died a year ago when the ferry, Sewol, capsized and sank in South Korea.
VIDEO: How to solve Singapore's viral logic problem

Author and mathematician Alex Bellos demonstrates how to solve the logic problem given to Singaporean TV students that went viral.
China 'boot camp' for lazy officials

A county in China is punishing poorly-performing officials with military-style training camps.
Airline launching Star Wars plane

Star Wars plane being launched by All Nippon Airways later this year ahead of the release of The Force Awakens.
Ireland hope to extend Schmidt deal

Irish rugby bosses open talks with Joe Schmidt with the aim of keeping the Ireland coach in charge until 2019 World Cup.
Chinese rival Ninebot buys Segway

Chinese vehicle maker Ninebot has bought iconic US rival Segway for an undisclosed amount, the company announced.
China targets human rights group

China threatens to punish local human rights group Yirenping, hours after releasing five activists said to be linked to the organisation.
China's growth slows to 7%

China's economic growth slows further in the three months to March this year, expanding 7% compared to a year earlier, its slowest pace in six years.
Obama writes Modi's 'warm profile'

President Barack Obama's profile of PM Narendra Modi for Time magazine is seen as sign of growing India-US "bonhomie".
Zuckerberg defends Internet.org

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free Internet.org service after several Indian firms pull out of the project.
Canada to sell uranium to India

Canada announces it will supply uranium to India, boosting India's plan to increase nuclear capacity to meet growing energy demand.
Kaesong talks over N Korea wage row

South Korean businessmen are visiting the Kaesong joint industrial zone in North Korea amid a row over a unilateral wage hike.
AirAsia crash: Search called off

The search for remaining bodies from a December AirAsia plane crash in the Java Sea ends on Tuesday night, Indonesia's rescue agency confirms.
Myanmar jails 'Buddha insult' trio

A New Zealander and two Burmese men are found guilty of insulting religion in Myanmar over a poster depicting the Buddha with headphones.
Lawyer for 'Bin Laden doctor' killed

A former lawyer of the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is shot dead in the north-western city of Peshawar.
Pakistan Christians bury blast dead

Pakistani Christians in Lahore hold funerals for victims of two Taliban suicide bomb attacks, amid heavy security in the city.
Pakistan carries out mass hangings

Pakistan hangs 12 convicts, the largest number of executions on the same day since the government overturned a temporary ban on hangings.
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'I am his eyes and he is my arms'

A blind man and a double amputee on a 10-year mission
In pictures: Singapore in transit

Photographer captures Singapore in transit
Dreaming of Uighuristan

Why China's separatists are now unwelcome in Central Asia
The 'cursed' disabled boy and the people of the sea

Disabled boy struggles to find role with the people of the sea
Sewol ferry: How it could be raised

How will South Korea lift the sunken ferry?
Australians rally behind woman who defended Muslim couple

Australian woman lauded for defending Muslims

 



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