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Death toll rises to five after China earthquake

23 November 2014

BEIJING: The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to five on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

Israel army shoots dead first Gazan since Aug truce

23 November 2014

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian farmer near the border in northern Gaza on Sunday in the first deadly shooting since an August truce ended a 50-day war, medics said.

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

23 November 2014

KABUL: Afghanistan's lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.

Two senior Thai policemen charged with royal defamation

23 November 2014

BANGKOK: Two high-ranking Thai police officers have been arrested for royal defamation, an official said Sunday, a rare charge against senior public servants as lese majeste cases mount following a May coup.

Workers lynch tea plantation owner in north India

23 November 2014

NEW DELHI, India: Angry workers hacked to death an owner of a tea plantation in eastern India over a payment dispute, police said on Sunday, underscoring festering labour unrest in the region.

N.Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

23 November 2014

SEOUL: North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise.

Chinese director Lou Ye holds his trophy after winning the Best Feature Film at the 51th Golden Horse Film Awards in Taipei, on November 22, 2014. - AFP

Director Lou Ye’s ‘Blind Massage’ sweeps Chinese ‘Oscars’

23 November 2014

Chinese director Lou Ye’s drama starring blind amateur actors as massage therapists scooped top honours at the Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan on Saturday, touted as the Chinese-language “Oscars”.

Two dead as 5.9 magnitude quake hits China’s Sichuan

23 November 2014

BEIJING, Nov 22, 2014 (AFP) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with Chinese state media reporting two people were killed and 60 others injured.

Manila bans some foreign journos over Apec incident

23 November 2014

MANILA: The Philippines said it had banned certain foreign journalists from the country over an incident last year, when President Benigno Aquino was taunted by a group of Hong Kong reporters during a visit to Indonesia.

Ailing Thai king unable to meet new ministers

23 November 2014

BANGKOK: Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej missed a planned meeting with two government ministers, palace officials said, amid ongoing public concern over the state of the ailing 86-year-old’s health.

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