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26 dead as Philippines ferry carrying 870 sinks

26 dead as Philippines ferry carrying 870 sinks Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

At least 26 people are now confirmed dead after a ferry with nearly 870 people on board sank near the central Philippine port city of Cebu.
Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

A Vietnam appeals court on Friday halved the eight-year jail term of a dissident and cut the six-year term of another to three years of house arrest, sources familiar with the verdict said, in a rare step welcomed by human rights activists.
6.5-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand

6.5-magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand Fri, 16 Aug, 2013

A strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale has jolted New Zealand's capital, halting air and rail services, but there have been no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
China braces for Typhoon Utor

China braces for Typhoon Utor Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

Southern China is bracing itself for the arrival of Typhoon Utor - which has already hit the Philippines and Hong Kong.
Japan ministers in Yasukuni visit as PM Abe sends offering

Japan ministers in Yasukuni visit as PM Abe sends offering Thu, 15 Aug, 2013

Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial shrine dedicated to Japan's war dead Thursday, the anniversary of the nation's surrender in World War II.
Two Koreas agree to re-open joint industrial park

Two Koreas agree to re-open joint industrial park Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen a jointly operated industrial park that was closed in April, a joint statement said.
Hong Kong braces for Typhoon Utor

Hong Kong braces for Typhoon Utor Wed, 14 Aug, 2013

A typhoon lashed Hong Kong with wind and rain, closing down the bustling Asian financial center Wednesday before sweeping toward mainland China.
New H7N9 bird flu death confirmed in China

New H7N9 bird flu death confirmed in China Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

A Chinese man infected with the deadly H7N9 avian influenza died of multiple organ failure, taking the number of deaths due to the new type of bird flu to 44 in the country. 
China sentences two to death over Xinjiang unrest

China sentences two to death over Xinjiang unrest Tue, 13 Aug, 2013

A court in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Monday sentenced two men to death and another three to prison for taking part in a violent attack that happened on April 23. 
Hundreds flee as Indonesian volcano erupts

Hundreds flee as Indonesian volcano erupts Mon, 12 Aug, 2013

More than 500 residents were evacuated after a volcano in central Indonesia erupted over the weekend, spewing hot ash and lava that killed five people, officials said Monday.
Australian election rivals Rudd and Abbott hold first debate

Australian election rivals Rudd and Abbott hold first debate Sun, 11 Aug, 2013

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged to legislate for same sex marriage within 100 days of a re-electied government, while Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged 'real change' in government during the first leaders debate of the election campaign.
Six dead in Indonesian volcanic eruption

Six dead in Indonesian volcanic eruption Sat, 10 Aug, 2013

Six people were killed by hot ash as Mt. Rokatenda on Palue island in East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia erupted again on Saturday, officials have said.
Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr worldwide

Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr worldwide Thu, 08 Aug, 2013

Muslims across the world began to celebrate the holiday of eid al-Fitr on Thursday, beginning the day with morning prayers after one month of fasting. 
Malala Yousafzai: Has Pakistan missed the chance to move on militancy?

Malala Yousafzai: Has Pakistan missed the chance to move on militancy? Fri, 25 Jan, 2013

The shooting of Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban shocked the world and sparked rare public outrage against Islamist militants in Pakistan. So why has Pakistan's leadership been unable to seize the opportunity to take decisive action against Taliban sanctuaries? BBC World Service South Asia Editor Shahzeb Jillani explains.
Scots ministers announces new £1.2m to aid Malawi poor

Scots ministers announces new £1.2m to aid Malawi poor Fri, 25 Jan, 2013

The Scottish government will provide £1.2m in funding to projects aimed at helping poor people in Malawi.

International Development Minister Humza Yousaf told MSPs at Holyrood that he would invite Scottish-based organisations to bid for the money.

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