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  • Feb 1, 2015
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Japan 'indignant' over purported video of hostage beheading

An online video released Saturday night purported to show an Islamic State group militant behead Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man.

Updated 1 Feb 2015 - 6:09am
AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

The captain of the AirAsia jet that crashed into the sea in December was out of his seat conducting an unorthodox procedure when his co-pilot apparently lost control.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:08pm
AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

Japan’s vice-foreign minister has said negotiations with Islamic State, which is threatening to execute a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist, have become “deadlocked,” local media reported...

31 Jan 2015 - 2:53pm
AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

A Mongolian court yesterday found three former executives of a foreign-owned mining company guilty of tax evasion and sentenced them to prison terms of more than five years each, prosecutors said...

31 Jan 2015 - 2:52pm
AirAsia captain 'left his seat' before fatal crash in Java Sea, say investigation sources

Bangladesh authorities on Saturday cut power to opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia’s office in an apparent bid to force her to call off a crippling anti-government transport blockade.

31 Jan 2015 - 7:24pm
Angry relatives of flight MH370 victims reject Malaysia's findings, turn down payouts

The father of a passenger on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 said families would sue the carrier if the authorities do not withdraw a formal declaration that all on board had died in...

1 Feb 2015 - 5:28am

Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team.

31 Jan 2015 - 5:07am


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The founder of all-girl mega-band AKB48 is reportedly planning to create yet another iteration of the concept to star in the opening ceremony at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, triggering a...

31 Jan 2015 - 5:15am

The French co-pilot of an AirAsia passenger jet that crashed last month was at the controls just prior to the accident, Indonesia's lead investigator said yesterday.

30 Jan 2015 - 3:19am

The call to prayer from the Tokyo Mosque goes largely unremarked in the leafy Oyama-cho district of west Tokyo, where a house of worship for the city's Muslim population has stood since 1938.

30 Jan 2015 - 7:37pm

A state programme to keep homeless families off Manila's streets rolls out this year amid criticism it is meant to hide the extent of the capital's poverty during an Apec summit taking place in...

30 Jan 2015 - 5:46pm

Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a...

30 Jan 2015 - 5:45pm

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was formally declared an accident, the Malaysian government announced on Thursday, paving the way for victims’ relatives to be compensated.

30 Jan 2015 - 1:54am

Word began spreading among a small circle of Japanese journalists late last month: freelance reporter Kenji Goto might have been kidnapped in the Middle East.

30 Jan 2015 - 5:48pm

A mysterious and sometimes fatal brain disease that has afflicted children in northeastern India for years could be linked to a toxic substance in lychee fruits, US researchers said.

30 Jan 2015 - 10:57am

One of two hostages who died after a 16-hour siege at a Sydney cafe in December was killed by ricocheting fragments of police bullets, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard.

29 Jan 2015 - 7:02pm

Sri Lanka's new government has blocked three casinos approved by the previous administration, among them a US$400 million project by Australian gaming mogul James Packer's Crown Resorts.

30 Jan 2015 - 3:19am

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has confirmed he will attend celebrations in Russia in May marking the Soviet victory over Germany in the second world war, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said...

29 Jan 2015 - 4:15am

If true, the finding, which is based on recent commercial satellite imagery, will be an added worry for the United States and the North’s neighbours at a time of increasing animosity.

29 Jan 2015 - 7:05pm

A Thai court has sentenced the leader of the opposition red-shirt movement to two years in prison for defaming a former premier, a move analysts said was the latest attack against critics of the...

28 Jan 2015 - 11:45pm

Investigators probing the crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 are examining maintenance records of a key part of its automated control systems, and how the pilots may have handled the plane if it...

28 Jan 2015 - 7:10pm

The expert also suggested that Beijing would be aiming to get the message further afield than just Japan.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:19pm

Jordan says it has received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

29 Jan 2015 - 10:58am

He was slapped with a hefty fine and left the country soon after his conviction, reportedly to Vietnam to escape people who lost money when the betting operation was going bust.

28 Jan 2015 - 11:41pm

US President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country where relations between Hindus and minorities have...

28 Jan 2015 - 7:07pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe termed as 'despicable' a new video appearing to show Islamic State captive Kenji Goto saying he had 24 hours to live.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:45pm

The Indonesian military has called off efforts to recover the wreckage of an AirAsia plane that crashed into the Java Sea last month, after failing to find any more bodies inside the fuselage.

28 Jan 2015 - 5:34am

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