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In third air disaster in a week, Air Algerie plane crashes with 116 people on board

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An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people that went missing en route from the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou to Algiers has crashed, an Algerian aviation official confirmed on Thursday.

Friday, 25 July, 2014, 4:43am

Why let doomed plane fly in storm? Authorities in Taiwan under fire

Bereaved relatives of passengers killed when a TransAsia Airways plane crashed on Taiwan's resort island of Penghu on Wednesday night have one question: who gave the go-ahead for it to take off in bad weather?

25 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

Couple who survived Taiwan air crash tell how they rescued schoolgirl

Military couple Tsai Pei-ju and Yen Wan-ju were on their way back to the navy base on Penghu Island where they are stationed when they boarded flight GE222 at Kaohsiung International Airport.

25 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

Guangzhou locals seek 'Cantonese Day' to help preserve mother tongue

Supporters of the local dialect of Guangdong are campaigning to name today - and every July 25 - "Cantonese Day", it being the anniversary of boisterous street rallies four years ago in support of Cantonese.

25 Jul 2014 - 4:15am

PLA drills a factor in recent flight delays, China's aviation chief confirms

The mainland's civil aviation regulator confirmed yesterday that PLA military exercises and the weather have caused widespread delays at 12 busy airports in the east of the country.

25 Jul 2014 - 4:42am

Fighting rages near flight MH17 crash site, frustrating investigations

A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, and it could have originated in Russia.

25 Jul 2014 - 1:27am 1 comment More on Malaysia Airlines flight 17

They're not from round here: Indian uranium boss dismisses deformities of villagers

Confronted with reports that villages near Uranium Corporation of India's mines have unusually high numbers of physically deformed people, chairman Diwakar Acharya was nonplussed.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:48pm

How you get on US terrorism watch list, but have no way of finding out why

US authorities can place Americans and foreigners on a terrorist watch list indefinitely on the basis of vague rules without sound evidence, according to a leaked government document.

24 Jul 2014 - 11:45pm

Stocks link with mainland takes Hong Kong market to three-year high

Hong Kong stocks rallied to finish at a three-year peak yesterday and are on course to test record highs.

25 Jul 2014 - 2:14am

McDonald’s Hong Kong pulls chicken nuggets over supplies from ‘rotten food’ plant

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McDonald's Hong Kong last night suspended sales of its popular chicken nuggets after admitting it had imported chicken and pork from the Shanghai food processing plant at the centre of a "rotten meat" scandal.

25 Jul 2014 - 2:20am 15 comments More on China Food Scandals

Think tank urges Shinzo Abe to stay away from Yasukuni Shrine

24 Jul 2014 - 11:48pm 2 comments

20 children die as train rams into school bus in southern India

24 Jul 2014 - 11:48pm

600 pigs killed after foot-and-mouth dsease outbreak in South Korea

24 Jul 2014 - 11:48pm

Fifteen killed in Israeli shelling of UN school sheltering Palestinians

25 Jul 2014 - 1:48am 2 comments

Killer's execution takes two hours, but Arizona governor says 'he did not suffer'

24 Jul 2014 - 11:10pm

PTSD caused plagiarism in thesis, US senator and Iraq veteran John Walsh claims

24 Jul 2014 - 11:38pm

Teenage pilot dies in crash during round-the-world record bid

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