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Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks

Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.
Mini-sub continues search for plane

A robotic submarine continues its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.
Australian NSW leader resigns

New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announces his resignation amid mounting evidence that he failed to declare a gift of $2,800 wine.
China's 7.4% growth beats forecast

China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.
Hair salon visited over N Korea ad

North Korean officials visit a west London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's image in a poster.
Six killed in India bus fire

At least six people die after the bus they were travelling in caught fire in India's southern state of Karnataka, police say.
India court recognises third gender

India's Supreme Court recognises transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling which orders the government to provide key amenities.
Major Chinese shoe factory in strike

Thousands of Chinese workers at the Yue Yuen shoe factory, which supplies brands including Nike and Adidas, strike over social security payments.
MPs criticise UK over Afghan attack

The UK bears "a degree of responsibility" for the failure to prevent a raid in Afghanistan in 2012 that left two US marines dead, MPs say.
S Korea spy agency in forgery row

South Korea promises to overhaul its intelligence agency after three officials are charged with fabricating evidence in a North Korea spying case.
Afghan deputy minister kidnapped

Afghanistan's deputy minister of public works Ahmad Shah Wahid is kidnapped by armed men in Kabul, officials say.
Asia pollution drives Pacific storms

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests.
VIDEO: China's hard-hit steel industry

China's economy grew 7.4% in the first three months of the year - slightly better than expected, but below the government's target.
VIDEO: The risks to journalists in Pakistan

Pakistan remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, ranking tenth in an Impunity Index. Syria has joined the list of countries where the murder of a journalist is most likely to go unpunished.
VIDEO: Third gender recognised in India

India's Supreme Court has recognised transgender people as a third gender, in a landmark ruling. Yogita Limaye reports.
AUDIO: Hair salon poster angers N Korea

North Korean officials have paid a visit to a London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's picture in a poster offering haircuts.
VIDEO: Duke and Duchess on tour in NZ

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met the families of people killed in the Christchurch earthquake of 2011.
VIDEO: Kim Il Sung anniversary divides Koreas

Celebrations are held in North Korea to mark the 102nd anniversary of the birth of the country's founding leader Kim il Sung, while protests are held in South Korea to condemn the north's nuclear ambitions.
VIDEO: Baby's murder charge dropped

A Pakistani court has withdrawn the case against a nine-month-old baby who was accused of attempted murder alongside 12 members of his family.
AUDIO: Pyongyang marathon was 'quite funny'

Foreign amateur runners have been allowed to compete in a North Korean marathon for the first time in 30 years.
China media: Lavrov's visit

Media discuss Beijing-Moscow relations as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits.
Indian media: New identity

Supreme Court ruling recognising transgender people as the third gender is 'groundbreaking'.
William praises Australia on visit

The Duke of Cambridge brands Australia a "beacon of confidence" as he and his family begin the next leg of their Antipodean tour.
One quarter of NZ citizens born abroad

More than one million New Zealand citizens are born abroad, accounting for a quarter of the population.
Pietersen 'not out to make a point'

Kevin Pietersen says he is not out to make a point as the seventh Indian Premier League gets under way in Abu Dhabi.
Why China is doing better

China's economic growth of 7.4% in the first quarter is in line with the country's 2014 annual year-on-year target of about 7.5% growth, says Linda Yueh.
China gold demand 'on the rise'

China's demand for gold is expected to rise by about 20% by 2017, as the country's population becomes increasingly wealthy, the World Gold Council says.
China buys $6bn Glencore Peru mine

A Chinese consortium buys Glencore Xstrata's copper mine in Peru in a $6bn all-cash deal, marking one of China's largest mining acquisitions.
India PM aide memoir 'mischievous'

The daughter of Indian PM Manmohan Singh says a controversial new memoir written by a former aide is a "huge betrayal of trust".
Diageo bids to control India drinks firm

Global drinks giant Diageo announces it will launch a $1.9bn tender offer to acquire a majority stake in India's United Spirits Ltd.
AK-47 pose magistrate suspended

A magistrate, who posted a picture of himself holding an AK-47 rifle on Twitter, is suspended while an investigation takes place.
Australia: Second airport for Sydney

Australia approves construction of a second international airport in Sydney, nearly 70 years after the idea was first debated.
South Korea sues tobacco firms

South Korea's state health insurer sues three tobacco firms, including Philip Morris' local unit, to offset treatment costs for smoking-linked diseases.
Myanmar papers in 'blackout' protest

Several newspapers in Myanmar print black front pages to protest against recent arrests and jail terms handed out to journalists.
Abdullah ahead in Afghan poll count

Partial results released after Afghanistan's presidential vote show Abdullah Abdullah slightly ahead in a tight race with Ashraf Ghani.
Deadly bombing hits Pakistan market

A powerful bomb blast strikes a market on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital Islamabad, killing at least 20 people, police and medics say.
Suspected rebels shot in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan army says it has shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatists, in the first such clash in five years.
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Royals treated like celebrities in New Zealand

How New Zealand reacted to William, Kate - and George
India's politicians aren't listening to women

Why women have remained marginal in Indian politics
A 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia

A 13-year-old catching foxes with her golden eagle
The India where skyscrapers overlook farms

The new India where skyscrapers overlook marigold farms
My Day: Bus driver Dahlia

Steering a bus through Jakarta's gridlock
A shadow over South Waziristan

Uncertainty in South Waziristan as Pakistan talks with the Taliban
Was India's PM Manmohan Singh undermined by own party?

Was Indian PM Manmohan Singh undermined by his own party?
India and Pakistanís glacial fight

The 30-year mountain conflict between India and Pakistan

 



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