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China factory blast kills dozens

An explosion at a factory in eastern China has killed at least 65 people and left scores injured, according to Chinese state media.
Americans in N Korea plead for help

Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea have appealed for the US government to help secure their release.
Australian pair abandon Down's baby

An online campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (70,000).
Massive landslide near Nepal capital

A massive landslide on a river near the Nepalese capital Kathmandu buries dozens of homes, with four people so far confirmed dead.
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25

A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others.
Held GSK detective visited by son

The son of a private investigator linked to a GlaxoSmithKline corruption investigation in China has been allowed to visit his father.
'Nine militants killed' in Xinjiang

Nine militants are shot dead by police and one captured in the restive Chinese region of Xinjiang, the Xinhua news agency reports.
Japan gives Vietnam six navy ships

Japan is giving Vietnam six naval ships for patrols in the South China Sea, amid regional tension over competing maritime claims with China.
Hopes 'bleak' for landslide missing

Officials say hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village in western India are fading, as the number of bodies found reaches 66.
Military dominates Thai legislature

Thailand's junta appoints an interim legislature of 200 people that will pick the prime minister, with many from the military or police.
India hires mimics to scare monkeys

Forty men have been hired in India to impersonate monkeys, and scare away thousands of real monkeys causing havoc around Delhi's parliament.
Rolf Harris challenges conviction

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris applies for permission to appeal against his conviction for indecent assaults.
VIDEO: The village buried by a landslide

Zubair Ahmed reports on the search for survivors after a landslide buried Malin village in western India.
VIDEO: Mother and baby saved after landslide

Rescue workers in western India are working to locate survivors of a landslide that has claimed at least 30 lives and buried up to 200 people.
VIDEO: Indonesia's new rich spend it big

Karishma Vaswani investigates the new wealthy in Indonesia and the growing inequality in the capital Jakarta
VIDEO: Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25

Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 24
VIDEO: Taiwan blasts 'tore up entire street'

A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 24 people and injured almost 300, officials say.
VIDEO: Taiwan firms struggle with succession

Not many family businesses in Taiwan find it so easy to hand over the reins, especially companies started during the boom years of the country's industrialisation.
VIDEO: Uttar Pradesh tense after clashes

Nitin Srivastava reports from the barricaded town of Saharanpur where the situation remains tense.
VIDEO: S Korea ferry students 'swept along'

Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster have been giving evidence on the second day of the trial of the captain and 14 crew members.
China media: Military strength

Media discuss military capabilities as the PLA celebrates its 87th anniversary.
Indian media: Washington ties

John Kerry's visit a positive step, but serious challenges remain in reviving India-US relations.
Airline apology over drug warning

Australia's Jetstar apologises after an attendant on a Sydney-bound flight warned passengers to flush their drugs down the toilet before landing.
Rare leopards born in French zoo

Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born at a French zoo, it is reported
England close in on win over India

England move closer to levelling the series against India with another dominant display on day four of the third Test.
Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot'

Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say.
China manufacturing growth speeds up

China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.
China investigates ex-security chief

China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been placed under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation", state media say.
Too many irritants in India-US ties?

As the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, concludes his visit to India, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi looks at the stumbling blocks in Delhi-Washington ties.
Anderson awaits Jadeja hearing verdict

England's James Anderson is waiting to learn the outcome of a hearing over an alleged clash with India's Ravindra Jadeja.
WTO fails to seal global trade deal

The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.
Guilty plea in Australia racist rant

A woman whose racist rant caused shock in Australia is given a 12-month good behaviour bond after admitting offensive behaviour.
Nintendo posts loss despite Mario

Nintendo's share price drops after the company reports a bigger than expected loss despite the release of Mario Kart 8 over the period.
Japan girl 'admits dismemberment'

The Japanese schoolgirl arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media
Bomber kills Hamid Karzai's cousin

A suicide bomber kills Hashmat Karzai, an influential cousin of President Hamid Karzai in the southern city of Kandahar.
VIDEO: Children go out to celebrate Eid

Muslims across the world are taking part in Eid celebrations to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Pakistan climbers scale K2 summit

The world's second highest mountain, K2 - which lies in Pakistan - is successfully scaled by a team of Pakistani climbers for the first time.
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Taiwanese fearful after pipeline blasts

Residents fear more blasts from aging network of gas pipelines
Bling for Indonesia's new mega-rich

Wealth and growing inequality in Indonesian capital
Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?

Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?
Kenyan unity lessons for Afghan rivals

Raila Odinga's advice to feuding Afghan rivals
Red in tooth and claw

How Zhou Yongkang case tears up rulebook of Chinese politics
The 'Flying Sikh' who won India's first Commonwealth gold

How an unknown runner won India's first Commonwealth gold
Broods: New Zealand's next pop export

Meet New Zealand's next big musical exports
Succession planning in Taiwan

The tricky business of succession planning in Taiwanese companies
The Commonwealths boxer who had never been in a ring

The boxer from Kiribati who had never been in a ring
China activists fight gay 'conversion therapy'

The Chinese doctors who say they can 'cure' homosexuality

 



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