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4 reported dead after earthquake hits southwest China updated 1 hours 9 minutes ago

A powerful earthquake struck a remote region of southwestern China, reportedly killing at least four people and causing a stampede at a primary school.

Suicide bomber kills 45 at Afghanistan volleyball game updated 1 hours 42 minutes ago

Suicide bomb attack at Afghanistan volleyball game kills at least 45 people and injures 60 others, according to spokesman for governor of Paktika province.

Dozens injured after strong earthquake shakes central Japan updated 12 hours 20 minutes ago

A strong earthquake shook central Japan on Saturday night, injuring dozens of people and destroying homes in a well-known ski resort, authorities said.

White House extends U.S. combat role in Afghanistan into 2015 updated 18 hours 31 minutes ago

President Obama is extending the combat role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan a year, The New York Times reported.

Millionaire quizzed over cyanide death in new Japanese 'black widow' case updated 2 days ago

A Japanese woman is being questioned after cyanide was found in her dead husband -- her seventh partner to die.

How China has fallen in love with private education updated 2 days ago

In China it's known as gaokao -- the college entrance exams -- and for most young people it dictates the course of a life.

North Korea threatens more nuclear tests updated 2 days ago

North Korea threatens more nuclear test after U.N. draft resolution referring regime to International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.

More held in military-led Thailand after flashing 'Hunger Games' salute updated 3 days ago

Some university students have been detained recently for flashing the "Hunger Games" salute to express opposition to Thailand's military government.

Indian guru jailed, awaiting trial after followers clash with police updated 3 days ago

A guru in India's northern Haryana state is in jail awaiting trial after 10 days of clashes between his followers and police seeking his arrest.

Lawyer: 5 Thai students detained after 'Hunger Games' salute updated 3 days ago

Lawyer: 5 Thai university students who used the Hunger Games' salute were detained Wednesday and told they'll face a charge of breaking martial law.

Occupy founders advise Hong Kong protesters to retreat as support dips updated 3 days ago

The originators of the Occupy Central movement suggest protesters should retreat, as a new poll shows support for the movement flagging.

Big cash for old bags? Christie's in million-dollar vintage handbag sale updated 3 days ago

Big cash for old bags? Auctioneers Christie's is launching a million-dollar vintage handbag sale.

Indonesia's 'discriminatory, cruel and degrading' test for female police recruits updated 3 days ago

The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed.

Six arrested after Hong Kong protesters smash into government headquarters updated 3 days ago

Protesters stormed Hong Kong's government headquarters, using metal barricades and hurling concrete slabs to smash through a glass door.

Mumbai Terror Attacks Fast Facts updated 3 days ago

Here's a look at what you need to know about the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which took place November 26-29.

Police arrest wanted Indian guru, after days of clashes updated 3 days ago

An Indian guru at the center of clashes between his supporters and police was arrested Wednesday, an official says.

How did this human face appear in a gemstone? updated 4 days ago

How did this human face appear in a gemstone?

India isolates man with Ebola-infected semen updated 4 days ago

An Ebola survivor has been quarantined in India after his semen tested positive for the virus, health officials there have announced.

Chinese 'snakehead' gangs offer only escape for North Korea's defectors updated 4 days ago

Chinese smuggling gangs are the only option for many defectors fleeing North Korea.

Arrest warrants for Americans accused of trying to ship Thai infant body parts updated 4 days ago

Arrest warrants have been issued for two Americans accused of stealing body parts from a museum inside a Thai hospital and trying to ship them to Las Vegas.

Kim's former bodyguard tells of beatings, starvation in North Korean prison camp updated 4 days ago

Kim Jong Il's former bodyguard tells of beatings endured at North Korea's most notorious prison camp.

UN votes against North Korea on human rights updated 4 days ago

A UN General Assembly committee Tuesday voted in favor of a draft resolution referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

Japan to dissolve parliament, hold snap elections after news of recession updated 5 days ago

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for snap parliamentary elections for next month, following news that the country had slipped into a recession.

Hong Kong authorities start to clear section of pro-democracy protest site updated 5 days ago

Hong Kong authorities began clearing barricades at a protest site on Tuesday, where pro-democracy campaigners have been camped out for almost two months.

Who's who in the Hong Kong protests? updated 5 days ago

There hasn't been any real breakthrough in the Hong Kong protests. Here's our guide to the players, what they want, and why there's no easy solution.

Will United Nations do anything about North Korea? updated 5 days ago

Amid the widespread abuses going on in North Korea, one question is being repeatedly asked: Will the world do anything about it?

One woman's fight to improve mental health care in China updated 5 days ago

In 1985, Meng Weina set up China's first private special needs school in the southern city of Guangzhou.

Thai police identify Americans accused of trying to ship infant body parts updated 5 days ago

Two Americans stole adult and infant body parts from a museum inside a Bangkok hospital and tried to ship them to Las Vegas, Thai police say.

American tourist tried to ship infant body parts to the U.S., Thai police say updated 5 days ago

Police in Thailand say an American tried to ship infant body parts to the U.S., but the delivery was stopped after a call from the shipping company.

Pen Farthing: Reuniting soldiers with dogs they left behind updated 6 days ago

Pen Farthing's nonprofit group has reunited animals with nearly 700 service members from eight countries.

Okinawa elects new governor opposed to U.S. air base updated 6 days ago

The election of a new governor in Okinawa looks set to complicate controversial plans to relocate an unpopular U.S. air base on the Japanese island.

Fire at Chinese food packaging plant kills at least 18, state media say updated 6 days ago

A fire at a food packaging plant in eastern China has killed at least 18 people, state-run media reported Monday.

G20 leaders agree on measures aimed at adding $2 trillion to global economy updated 7 days ago

World leaders at the G20 summit have agreed to a series of measures aimed at boosting the global economy by more than $2 trillion.

U.S. muscle, money, influence pivoting to Asia, Obama says at G20 updated 7 days ago

U.S. President Obama opened his appearance at the G20 summit of world leaders in Australia with a speech that had to make Beijing think.

USGS: 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia updated 7 days ago

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Kota Ternate, Indonesia, on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Myanmar Fast Facts updated 8 days ago

Here's a look at Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma.

Indian drug company executive charged in wake of sterilization deaths updated 9 days ago

An Indian drug company executive allegedly tampered with and destroyed evidence after 12 women died following sterilization surgeries, an official says.

Obama in shorts? Xi in his swimmers? Brisbane welcomes G20 to 'paradise' updated 9 days ago

The G20 is in Brisbane and with it comes sacred flames, security bans, and a bizarre front page depiction of world leaders in shorts.

'The Look of Silence': The film making Indonesia face its brutal history updated 9 days ago

The Graha Bhakti Budaya (or GBB as it's locally known), is a care-worn, 1960s slab of a building, popular as part of Jakarta's largest arts center, but outwardly unremarkable.

Surgeon tied to India sterilization deaths arrested updated 9 days ago

A surgeon has been arrested in the deaths of a dozen women who underwent sterilization operations in India.

President Obama tells Myanmar to move forward on democracy updated 9 days ago

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it's time to move forward, said President Obama from the country's largest city.

Want to look like Obama in a traditional Chinese suit? Here's how ... updated 9 days ago

China's online marketplace Taobao is offering buyers the chance to look like a world leader -- for less than $30.

Just how good is China's new 'stealth' fighter? updated 9 days ago

Zhuhai's Air Show has always been a venue for surprises, usually first-time showings of advanced Chinese military hardware.

Tradition trumps modernity for Thailand's Lisu tribe updated 10 days ago

With their distinctive, colorful headwear, Lisu women stand out from the lush green fields of northern Thailand.

India sterilization program under fire after women's deaths updated 10 days ago

India's "sterilization camps" come under fire after 11 women die and 62 are hospitalized following surgeries.

US-China relations: Can teens succeed where presidents have failed? updated 11 days ago

Anthony Box, 17, is your typical all-American boy. He spends his time studying, chilling with his school friends, and riding a unicycle.

India: 11 women die, 62 more hospitalized after being paid to be sterilized updated 11 days ago

At least 11 women died and 62 were hospitalized after undergoing sterilization surgery at a government-run health clinic in India, authorities said.

Myanmar: Rohingya not welcome updated 11 days ago

Everyone you talk to from this country's Rohingya minority knows someone who attempted the dangerous and illegal journey by sea: a relative, neighbor or friend.

Suspicious package in New Zealand has Ebola reference updated 11 days ago

New Zealand police are investigating three incidents of suspicious packages -- one containing a document referencing Ebola.

Cut the shawl talk: Chinese censors wipe Putin's move on China's first lady updated 11 days ago

Russian President Vladimir Putin creates a flap when he places a shawl on the shoulders of China's first lady.

Court jails captain of capsized South Korean ferry to 36 years updated 12 days ago

Lee Joon-seok, the captain who abandoned the sinking South Korean ferry, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 years in jail

At least 57 killed in bus-truck collision in Pakistan updated 12 days ago

At least 57 people were killed and an unknown number of other passengers were injured Tuesday after a bus collided with a truck in southeastern Pakistan

9 of China's craziest, most creative marriage proposals updated 12 days ago

Leaving behind some traditional customs, young Chinese couples are getting more creative with their marriage proposals.

China's massive military machine goes on show updated 12 days ago

Airshow China provides a rare glimpse of China's military and commercial aviation hardware.

Leaders of China and Japan hold first face-to-face talks amid tensions updated 12 days ago

The leaders of China and Japan on Monday held their first face-to-face talks since they took office, amid smoldering tensions between the two Asian powers.

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean patrol near border updated 12 days ago

South Korean soldiers fired warning shots at a patrol from North Korea to turn it back from the two sides' border, a South Korean official said

Obama wades into foreign policy challenges on Asia trip updated 13 days ago

President Barack Obama will deal with foreign policy challenges during his trip to Asia this week.

Two Americans freed by North Korea arrive back in U.S., reunited with families updated 13 days ago

A plane carrying Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the last two Americans held by North Korea, landed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state.

Myanmar comes in from cold with bookish revival updated 13 days ago

It's a typically hot, humid August day in Bagan -- an ancient town in the heart of Myanmar's central Mandalay region.

Court waits for psychological reports on banker charged in Hong Kong killings updated 13 days ago

A Hong Kong court on Monday ordered psychological reports on a British banker who has been charged with the gruesome killings of two Indonesian women.

Why now? North Korea's release of Bae, Miller raises questions updated 14 days ago

With news Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller were freed by North Korea, the big question now is: Why did Kim Jong Un agree to their release?

Two Americans freed by North Korea flying to U.S. base updated 14 days ago

Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller released by North Korea after U.S. official brings letter to Pyongyang from President Barack Obama.

Ex-North Korea detainees: Bae, Miller need support, return to normal updated 14 days ago

Two Americans released from North Korea say returning to normalcy may be Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller's biggest and most important challenge.

Army: 17 terrorists dead after failed attack on Pakistani troops updated 14 days ago

Violence flared again in northwest Pakistan, where suspected terrorists attacked army troops and two militant groups announced they were joining forces.

Caught up in drug case, Oregon woman spends 41st birthday in East Timor jail updated 15 days ago

Stacey Addison, from Oregon, is being held in a prison in East Timor over a drug investigation in which she says she was unwittingly caught up.

North Korean defector: 'I was Kim Jong Il's bodyguard' updated 16 days ago

Lee Young-guk has rare insight into the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il -- he was his bodyguard for 10 years.

Charge dropped against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd updated 16 days ago

A New Zealand police charge of "attempting to procure murder" against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped, his lawyer said.

Life in Tacloban's 'danger zones,' one year on from Typhoon Haiyan updated 16 days ago

Kristian Kano dreams of a new house away from the sea that almost killed her and her family, when Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines one year ago.

Thailand profile: Monarchy, the military and Buddhism in the 'land of smiles' updated 16 days ago

Thailand's people are justifiably proud of their country, which, sandwiched as it is between historically powerful neighbors, has managed skillfully to play off its rivals and retain its independence.

Strong earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea area updated 16 days ago

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake shook the Papua New Guinea region on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

One year after Typhoon Haiyan: Resilience rebuilds the Philippines updated 16 days ago

Sofia Klemming Nordenskiƶld from Plan International reflects on the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Philippines, one year on.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to have 2 men killed updated 16 days ago

Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed.

50 arrested in slaying of Christian Pakistani couple updated 16 days ago

Fifty people have been arrested in connection with this week's killing of a Christian couple who were beaten and pushed into a burning kiln in eastern Pakistan, a police official said Thursday.

How South Korea drives Asia's love affair with cosmetics updated 17 days ago

If department stores in Asia are the battle ground for its emerging middle classes, then the cosmetics counter is its front line.

Crickets, grubs and bugs: Will insects be the next Thai food phenomenon? updated 17 days ago

"Why not eat insects?" asked Vincent Holt, a 19th century British author in his eccentric treatise on changing the English diet.

Dozens arrested in slaying of Pakistani couple accused of desecrating Quran updated 17 days ago

Pakistani police say they have arrested up to 40 people in connection with the killing of a Christian couple in Punjab province who were beaten, then pushed into a burning kiln after being accused of desecrating the Quran.

Sectarian tensions running high, say Australian Muslim leaders updated 17 days ago

Muslim community leaders in Australia say sectarian tensions are soaring, as ISIS sympathizers seek to import the religious conflicts wracking Syria.

Dad of Indonesian woman killed in Hong Kong: Culprit should 'pay with his life' updated 18 days ago

The father of an Indonesian woman whose body was found in a Hong Kong apartment has called for his daughter's killer to face the death penalty

Brittney Griner cut in China by knife-wielding man updated 18 days ago

Basketball star Brittney Griner was cut Monday by a man with a knife while she was on a bus the day before a game with her Chinese team.

Chinese New Year Fast Facts updated 19 days ago

Here's some background information about Chinese New Year, the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg speaking Chinese: Foolish or brave? updated 19 days ago

Who would've thought? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin.

Police: Indian father tortures, kills man he believes raped his daughter updated 19 days ago

An Indian father invited to dinner a man he believes raped his 14-year-old daughter -- and then tortured and killed him, police told CNN on Tuesday.

British banker charged over bloody killings at luxury Hong Kong apartment updated 19 days ago

A British banker is charged with murder after the bodies of two women were found in a upscale Hong Kong apartment -- one of them stuffed in a suitcase.

Taiwan president will deal with China but not at expense of sovereignty updated 19 days ago

President Ma Ying-Jeou has to walk a thin line between dealing with China and protecting Taiwan's sovereignty.

Confessions of a British banker: 'Leaving Hong Kong saved my life' updated 19 days ago

An unnamed British banker describes how he left Hong Kong to escape the pull of the drugs scene.

'Mum thinks I'm an idiot': Australian man admits 'surfing' dead whale was bad idea updated 20 days ago

An Australian man who "surfed" a floating whale carcass surrounded by sharks has admitted that he was an "idiot" to attempt the foolhardy feat.

Suicide bomber kills dozens at Pakistan border parade, police say updated 20 days ago

Dozens of people were killed at a parade near the Pakistan-India border, officials said.

British banker charged with murder in bloody killings at Hong Kong highrise updated 20 days ago

A British banker is charged with murder after the bodies of two women were found in a upscale Hong Kong apartment -- one of them stuffed in a suitcase.

Is China's grand ethnic experiment working? updated 20 days ago

Thousands of students from China's ethnic minorities are being placed in other regions to complete their studies.

All Malaysian remains from Flight MH17 ID'd, official says updated 20 days ago

The remains of all 44 Malaysian passengers of Flight MH17 have been identified, a government statement says.

Tens of millions left without power after nationwide blackout hits Bangladesh updated 21 days ago

A huge power cut in Bangladesh left tens of millions of people nationwide without electricity for hours on Saturday.

Chinese court sentences cult members to death over McDonald's killing updated 23 days ago

Two members of a banned Chinese doomsday cult were sentenced to death Saturday for the murder of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant in May, say reports.

2 boys sue Malaysia Airlines, government agencies over loss of father on MH370 updated 23 days ago

Two children sued Malaysia Airlines and three government agencies Friday over the loss of their father aboard missing Flight 370.

'Caught between a hammer and an anvil': Myanmar's Rohingya 'internment camps' updated 23 days ago

Nget Chaung, a camp for displaced people on a marginal smudge of low-lying coastland in western Myanmar, is not a place anyone would want to call home.

It's easier to get an iPhone outside Hong Kong's Apple Stores than in them updated 24 days ago

It's Wednesday afternoon, and it's packed in one of Hong Kong's three huge Apple Stores.

Tunnel vision: Indian bank heist sees culprits go underground updated 24 days ago

In an incident that seems to be inspired by the Bollywood blockbuster movie series "Dhoom," burglars dug a tunnel measuring at least 100 feet long into the vault of a state-run bank in northern India over the weekend, leaving local authorities, bank employees and account holders stunned.

Cheating claims delay SAT test scores in China, South Korea updated 24 days ago

Thousands of Chinese and South Korean students applying for colleges and universities in the United States face an anxious wait amid claims of widespread cheating during recent SAT tests -- the measure used in the admissions process.

Drone-maker wants to take 'selfies' to the skies updated 24 days ago

What comes in a white cardboard box, weighs little more than a kilogram and can be purchased in a few clicks from Amazon?

Eight dead, hundreds missing in Sri Lankan landslide updated 24 days ago

At least six people are dead and 300 missing after a landslide ripped through a village in Sri Lanka.

South Korea: Kim Jong Un had ankle surgery to remove cyst updated 24 days ago

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who disappeared from public view for weeks, had a cyst removed from his right ankle, a South Korean news agency reported.

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