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China detains activists for supporting Hong Kong protests

1 October 2014

BEIJING, Oct 1, 2014 (AFP) - Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.

HK demos throw Beijing propaganda machine into overdrive

1 October 2014

BEIJING, Oct 1, 2014 (AFP) - Fearful of comparisons to the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, Beijing has launched a dual effort to suppress news of swelling pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong while giving a heavy spin to what information it allows to get through, analysts say.

Rescue workers board on a defense forces helicopter heading for the top of Mount Ontake for a search and rescue operation following the September 27 volcanic eruption at the Otaki village in Nagano prefecture on October 1, 2014. - AFP

Japan volcano death toll hits 48 as new bodies found

1 October 2014

TOKYO, Oct 1, 2014 (AFP) - The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 48 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 12 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak.

12 dead as trains collide in northern India

1 October 2014

NEW DELHI: Two passenger trains collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45 others, a railway spokesman said on Wednesday.

New Interpol centre set to boost fight against cyber crime

1 October 2014

A new Interpol centre to be opened in Singapore next year will strengthen global efforts to fight increasingly tech-savvy international criminals, officials said.

Hong Kong democracy protesters flock to new messaging app

30 September 2014

HONG KONG, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - A social messaging app that allows users to contact each other even if a mobile phone network is overloaded or switched off has become a hit among tens of thousands of Hong Kong protesters.

Hong Kong's civilised protestors on the charm offensive

30 September 2014

HONG KONG, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - With well-stocked food stands, fastidious recycling, unmanned phone-charging stations and even a chamber ensemble, Hong Kong's huge protests have a distinctly civilised flavour - part of a charm offensive to maintain mainstream support.

Philippine couple in animal torture videos jailed for life

30 September 2014

MANILA, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - A Philippine couple have been jailed for life for forcing young scantily-clad women to torture or kill animals for the sexual gratification of online customers, a court official said Tuesday.

Thailand to give tourists 'safety' wristbands

30 September 2014

BANGKOK, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - Thailand on Tuesday announced plans to give tourists wristbands carrying their personal details, as the kingdom falls under intense scrutiny over visitor safety following the murder of two British holidaymakers.

Japan bomb threat ends school early for 44,000

30 September 2014

TOKYO, Sept 30, 2014 (AFP) - About 44,000 young children were sent home early in one Japanese city Tuesday when 101 elementary schools were closed because of a bomb threat, police and reports said.

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