• Wed
  • Aug 27, 2014
  • Updated: 10:46pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a condolence message to a ceremony honouring "martyrs", including some convicted as war criminals after the second world war, his top spokesman said...

Updated 27 Aug 2014 - 10:46pm

Afghanistan’s fraud-hit election teetered on the brink of collapse on Wednesday as one of the two candidates boycotted the UN-supervised vote audit set up to end a prolonged dispute over the...

27 Aug 2014 - 5:06pm

Pakistan's embattled prime minister said he would not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since a political crisis erupted two weeks...

27 Aug 2014 - 10:37pm

New counterterrorism units have been working at Australia’s two largest airports since last week and had already intercepted a person of interest, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

27 Aug 2014 - 6:25pm

A Vietnamese court has jailed three activists for up to three years, a lawyer said yesterday, after a one-day trial marked by strict security including the detention of scores of supporters.

27 Aug 2014 - 1:21pm

A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after winning a life-and-death battle with a leopard. Armed only with a sickle, she fought off the big cat after it attacked her as she was...

27 Aug 2014 - 10:38pm

A Japanese court has ruled that Fukushima nuclear operator Tokyo Electric was responsible for a woman's suicide after the March 2011 disaster and must pay compensation, in a landmark ruling that...

27 Aug 2014 - 11:01am


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Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a fetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy.

27 Aug 2014 - 1:12pm

Lawmaker expresses regret for calling Chinese government “mongrels” who “shoot their own people” after a fierce backlash in Beijing and from politicians in Canberra.

26 Aug 2014 - 4:55pm

Shigeru Ishiba, the secretary general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is expected to turn down a cabinet position in a reshuffle scheduled for September 3, with the political grapevine...

26 Aug 2014 - 12:39pm

Thai military leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha was endorsed as prime minister by Thailand’s king on Monday, four days after he was elected by his own hand-picked parliament.

26 Aug 2014 - 12:08pm

A chief steward with Malaysia Airlines allegedly put his hand down a woman's pants during a flight to France and then pleaded with her not to report the incident, she said.

26 Aug 2014 - 11:44am

A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India killed at least 10 people and injured scores early yesterday, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at mass religious events, officials said.

26 Aug 2014 - 12:39pm

The number of babies born in Japan in the January to June period dropped 2.7 per cent from a year earlier to 496,391, pointing to the possibility of the annual figure slipping below the 1 million...

26 Aug 2014 - 7:31pm

Thousands of people including activists and clergy gathered in the Philippine capital's main park yesterday to denounce the "pork barrel" system of government funding which they blame for...

26 Aug 2014 - 12:38pm

A senior Vietnamese Communist Party official arrives in China today as the two countries seek to repair ties badly strained by the deployment of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea.

26 Aug 2014 - 12:34pm

On the outskirts of the slums of Pakistan's biggest city, protesters burning tyres and throwing stones have what sounds like a simple demand: they want water at least once a week.

25 Aug 2014 - 12:17pm

Chinese physics student Jimmy Wang had no interest in aviation until March 8, when Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing with his 58-year-old father, Wang Lijun, aboard.

25 Aug 2014 - 1:57pm

A Tokyo-bound Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to turn back due to pressure problems inside the aircraft after being in the air for almost an hour.

25 Aug 2014 - 10:10am

India has placed all central government-run hospitals under "critical review" to identify and end corrupt medical practices in the country.

25 Aug 2014 - 1:58pm

Communist insurgents raided two banana plantations in one day in the southern Philippines in some of their most brazen attacks for months in the face of recent setbacks, the authorities said...

25 Aug 2014 - 4:04am

India unveiled its first home-built, anti-submarine warship in a move to deter China from conducting underwater patrols near its shores.

24 Aug 2014 - 5:44am

Divers stood on the edge of a small wooden fishing boat gazing at the murky, choppy waters below. After receiving blessings from Buddhist monks, they lowered their masks and plunged into the...

25 Aug 2014 - 3:19pm

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers on either side of their de facto border and wounding several others, officials said.

25 Aug 2014 - 3:25pm

Thailand's military rulers have pledged leniency in the cases of babies born to surrogate mothers, as they toughen rules on the lucrative but largely unregulated industry following a series of...

24 Aug 2014 - 5:44am

The mayor of the Japanese port city of Sakaiminato said his brief visit to North Korea was aimed at exploring the potential of a North Korean port as a trading channel for China.

23 Aug 2014 - 10:24pm

Twenty-six people accused of plotting an attack in Thailand have been indicted by a military court on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism, their lawyer said on...

23 Aug 2014 - 8:57pm


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