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British woman, 24, dies during cosmetic surgery in Thailand

24 October 2014

A 24-year-old British woman has died during cosmetic surgery at a clinic in Bangkok, prompting Thai police to arrest her surgeon for criminal negligence, officials said Friday.

Australia's angry birds swoop to protect young

24 October 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 24, 2014 (AFP) - Every year in spring, Australians are seen wearing bicycle helmets with spikes on top or caps that have images of eyes on their back. The colourful head gear is not a fashion statement.

Pacific Islands Forum lifts Fiji ban

24 October 2014

SUVA, Fiji, Oct 24, 2014 (AFP) - The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) announced Friday the lifting of Fiji's suspension from the regional body following the island nation's return to democracy last month.

Tensions rise over planned leaflet launch on Korea border

24 October 2014

SEOUL, Oct 24, 2014 (AFP) - South Korean activists vowed Friday to push ahead with a political leaflet launch over the border with North Korea, despite threats of retaliation from Pyongyang, appeals for restraint from Seoul and the angry opposition of local residents.

China launches first mission to moon and back

24 October 2014

BEIJING: China launched its first space mission to the moon and back early Friday, authorities said, the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious programme to one day land a Chinese citizen on the Earth's only natural satellite.

Clean air? Don’t hold your breath

24 October 2014

Intense air pollution is expected to strike China’s northern cities twice more before November.

‘Jokowi should stand up to pressure’

24 October 2014

JAKARTA: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should be able to break free from the pressures imposed on him by political parties, since he enjoys considerable support from the public as well as from other forces in the administration.

Real estate tycoon still the richest mainland woman

24 October 2014

REAL estate tycoon Yang Huiyan maintains her position as the richest woman in the Chinese mainland, according to a report released by the Hurun research institute.

Gunmen kill eight Shiites on bus in southwest Pakistan, police say

23 October 2014

QUETTA (Pakistan) (AFP) - Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Shiite Muslims in the southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday killing eight, just days ahead of the holy month of Muharram, police said.

Facebook's Zuckerberg wages China charm offensive - in Mandarin

23 October 2014

BEIJING (AFP) - Facebook is blocked in China, but its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appears determined to win over hearts and minds in Beijing -- surprising a hall full of students by conducting a Q&A session in Mandarin.

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