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Kerry tests waters with India's Modi

1 August 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry met India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on Friday, hoping to break the ice with a leader once shunned by Washington.

Rescue workers lose hope of India landslide survivors

1 August 2014

MALIN, India, Aug 1, 2014 (AFP) - Rescue workers were losing hope Friday of finding survivors amid the mud and debris from a major landslide in western India, where 150 people are feared to have been killed.

China confirms new generation long range missiles

1 August 2014

BEIJING, Aug 1, 2014 (AFP) - China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported Friday.

Osaka police hide 81,000 crimes to clean up image

1 August 2014

TOKYO, Aug 01, 2014 (AFP) - Osaka police have admitted they did not report more than 81,000 offences over a period of several years in a desperate bid to clean up the region's woeful reputation for street crime.

Thai musician jailed for 15 years for insulting royals

1 August 2014

BANGKOK, Aug 1, 2014 (AFP) - A Thai musician has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for royal defamation, a court official said Friday, in the latest conviction under a controversial lese majeste law.

Taiwan to shutter near-completed nuclear plant

31 July 2014

TAIPEI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - Taiwan's government said Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant due to open next year but repeatedly attacked as unsafe by the public, pending a referendum on its future.

Ex-TEPCO execs should be charged over Fukushima: panel

31 July 2014

TOKYO, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - An independent legal panel on Thursday called for criminal charges to be brought against three former executives of the Fukushima nuclear plant operator for their role in the 2011 atomic disaster.

25 in Indonesia dead in Eid boat sinkings

31 July 2014

JAKARTA, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - At least 25 people in Indonesia, including six children, have died and 13 are missing in two separate boat sinkings, officials said Thursday, as millions travel across the country for the Eid holiday season.

China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide

31 July 2014

BEIJING, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanisation drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities.

19 bathers drown, 4 missing in rough seas off Karachi

31 July 2014

KARACHI, July 31, 2014 (AFP) - At least 19 bathers have drowned and four are missing in rough seas off Pakistan's biggest city Karachi, officials said Thursday, after defying a ban on swimming during the monsoon season.

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