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Lawmaker in deep trouble over giant sinkhole

30 January 2015

BEIJING: A Chinese lawmaker is being sought by authorities after trying to dig out a five-storey basement in his Beijing courtyard home, only for a giant sinkhole to swallow four of his neighbours’ houses, reports said.

Trawler sinks off Bangladesh

30 January 2015

DHAKA: An overloaded fishing trawler carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh with tens of passengers missing in the country’s latest maritime accident, officials said.

Cambodia wants hospital to pull ‘virgin surgery’ ads

30 January 2015

PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian government has ordered a hospital to stop advertising so-called virginity restoration procedures, saying it harms the “morality” of society.

Dozens missing after Bangladesh migrant boat sinks

29 January 2015

Dozens of people are missing after an overloaded fishing trawler carrying migrants to Malaysia sank in strong currents off the coast of Bangladesh on Thursday, officials said.

Philippines mourns police killed in anti-terror bloodbath

29 January 2015

A long, slow procession of coffins draped in the Philippine flag poured out of military transport planes in Manila on Thursday, as the country mourned dozens of policemen killed in a botched anti-terror operation.

Police gunfire killed Sydney siege victim

29 January 2015

Ricochets from police gunfire killed one of the two hostages who died in a 16-hour siege at a central Sydney cafe in December, an inquest into the deadly stand-off heard on Thursday.

Indonesia rejects clemency appeals, ready to execute 7 foreigners

29 January 2015

Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreigners on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, despite an international outcry following recent executions.

Islamic State group issues new threat to kill Jordanian pilot

29 January 2015

Amman (AFP) - Islamic State militants say they will execute a Jordanian pilot "immediately" if Amman does not hand over a female suicide bomber by sunset Thursday, as Japan waits in anguish for news of a journalist the extremists are also holding.

US think-tank: Signs North Korea restarting nuclear reactor

29 January 2015

Seoul (AFP) - Recent satellite images suggest North Korea may be about to restart the nuclear reactor seen as its main source of weapons-grade plutonium, a US think-tank said on Thursday.

Desperate plea: Ishido appealing to Japan’s leader to save her son during a press conference in Tokyo. — AP

Abe slams ‘despicable’ IS threat

29 January 2015

TOKYO: An angry Japanese prime minister slammed as “utterly despicable” a militant threat to kill both a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot unless Amman releases an extremist bomber.

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