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Australia to canvass on Putin invite to G20: minister

Australia to canvass on Putin invite to G20: minister
Australia will consult other G20 members about whether it should host Russian leader Vladimir Putin at a summit in November, a minister said Tuesday, warning opposition to his presence was growing.

Japanese war film shocks, thrills Venice film fest

Japanese war film shocks, thrills Venice film fest
Cannibalism, maggots devouring rotting flesh and one soldier's desperate bid to cling to humanity in the chaos: Japanese war film "Fires on the Plain" has both thrilled and shocked Venice film festival.

Taiwanese movie on young soldiers to open Asia's top film fest

Taiwanese movie on young soldiers to open Asia's top film fest
A feature film portraying young Taiwanese soldiers at the height of cross-strait tension will open Asia's top movie festival next month, organisers said Tuesday, adding this year's event would feature more films from lesser-known Asian regions. 

China's Peng ends long wait, reaches US Open semi-finals

China's Peng ends long wait, reaches US Open semi-finals
China's Peng Shuai left doubts behind on Tuesday, sweeping into the US Open semi-finals to join Li Na and Zheng Jie as the only Chinese to reach a Grand Slam last four.

China's Peng Shuai into US Open semi-finals

China's Peng Shuai into US Open semi-finals
Unseeded Peng Shuai of China swept past Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the US Open semi-finals.

Rights debate shelved due to Thai junta pressure

Rights debate shelved due to Thai junta pressure
Thai activists on Tuesday accused authorities of tightening their chokehold on freedom of expression after a debate on human rights since the army coup was scrapped following junta pressure. 

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong's push for democracy -- calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.

Abdullah takes Afghan election to brink of collapse

Abdullah takes Afghan election to brink of collapse
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah was locked in last-chance talks with the United Nations on Tuesday as a deal to resolve the country's damaging election dispute edged closer to failure.

N.Korea athletes to cross sensitive sea border for Asian Games

N.Korea athletes to cross sensitive sea border for Asian Games
A plane carrying the first batch of North Korean athletes will land in South Korea next week for this month's Asian Games despite tensions between the two nations, sports officials said Tuesday.

New Zealand police to investigate quake building failure

New Zealand police to investigate quake building failure
New Zealand police said Tuesday they will proceed with a criminal investigation into the catastrophic collapse of an office block in the 2011 Christchurch earthquake which claimed 115 lives.

India PM Modi courts investors during Japan trip

India PM Modi courts investors during Japan trip
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to reassure investors that his reformist agenda would translate into better governance for Asia's third-largest economy.

Mumbai hit by blackouts after power station snag

Mumbai hit by blackouts after power station snag
A power outage left large swathes of India's financial capital Mumbai without electricity for hours Tuesday, a leading utility company said, at a time when the country's energy sector is facing turmoil.

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen demands apology

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen demands apology
A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised -- and denied accepting free breast implants.

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown

Dethroned Myanmar beauty queen seeks apology before returning crown
A Myanmar beauty queen dethroned for alleged misconduct said Tuesday she would only return her crown if South Korean pageant organisers apologised -- and denied accepting free breast implants.

Nishikori beats Raonic in record-tying late finish

Nishikori beats Raonic in record-tying late finish
Japan's Kei Nishikori booked a US Open quarter-final berth on Tuesday morning with a five-set victory over Milos Raonic that equalled the latest-finishing contests in the tournament's history.

Pakistan minister condemns protests, as lawmakers back PM

Pakistan minister condemns protests, as lawmakers back PM
Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan minister condemns protests as lawmakers back PM

Pakistan minister condemns protests as lawmakers back PM
Pakistan's interior minister on Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers backed beleaguered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan minister condemns protests as 'revolt against state'

Pakistan minister condemns protests as 'revolt against state'
Pakistan's interior minister Tuesday slammed violent anti-government protests as a "revolt against the state" as lawmakers met to discuss the political crisis shaking Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Dengue fever strikes models in Japan

Dengue fever strikes models in Japan
A worsening outbreak of dengue fever in Japan has claimed its first celebrities -- two young models sent on assignment to the Tokyo park believed to be its source.

Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe

Japan space agency unveils asteroid hunting probe
Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

Big-hitting Marsh helps Australia to 282-7

Big-hitting Marsh helps Australia to 282-7
Mitchell Marsh hit a brutal unbeaten 86 as Australia posted 282 for seven in a crucial one-day triangular series game against South Africa in Harare on Tuesday.

Australia to extend child sex inquiry by two years

Australia to extend child sex inquiry by two years
The Australian government said Tuesday it plans to extend an explosive inquiry into child sex abuse by two years to deal with the thousands of victims who have come forward.

Tiger dies after rescue from Indonesian 'death zoo'

Tiger dies after rescue from Indonesian 'death zoo'
An emaciated Sumatran tiger, whose plight highlighted horrific conditions at an Indonesian zoo, has died a year after being rescued from the centre where hundreds of animals have perished, an official said Tuesday.

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test
Japanese researchers said Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Hong Kong pro-democracy group admits likely defeat

Hong Kong pro-democracy group admits likely defeat
Organisers of a pro-democracy group who vowed to take over Hong Kong's streets admitted Tuesday they were powerless to change China's plan to vet candidates for the city's next leader, but said their protest would go ahead.

Hong Kong police arrest 22 pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong police arrest 22 pro-democracy protesters
Hong Kong police have arrested at least 22 people during a series of protests targeting a senior Chinese official visiting the city, authorities said Tuesday.

French journalists held in Papua 'likely to face trial'

French journalists held in Papua 'likely to face trial'
Two French journalists arrested in Indonesia's Papua while reporting on the separatist movement are likely to go on trial, their lawyer said Tuesday, with the pair facing up to five years in jail. 

Fiji says hostage takers demand removal from terror list

Fiji says hostage takers demand removal from terror list
Al-Qaeda-linked Syria rebels who are holding more than 40 United Nations peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights are demanding they be expunged from a UN terror blacklist, Fiji revealed on Tuesday. 

Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers

Fiji says UN negotiating demands with hostage takers
Fiji revealed for the first time Tuesday the demands being made by Al-Qaeda-linked Syria rebels who took more than 40 UN peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights last week.

Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau

Sharks off the menu and on the tourist trail in Palau
In many places swimmers might prefer to avoid sharks, but wetsuit-clad tourists in Palau clamour to dive among the predators thanks to a pioneering conservation initiative that has made them one of the country's main visitor attractions.

Japan sailor kills himself after hazing, military says

Japan sailor kills himself after hazing, military says
Japan's navy has said a sailor killed himself onboard his ship after being persistently bullied by a superior, the latest incident to shed light on the country's little-discussed hazing culture.

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says

Australia father charged with abusing surrogate twins, report says
An Australian has been charged with sexually abusing twins he fathered with a Thai surrogate, reports said Tuesday, the second case in as many months to ignite debate about commercial surrogacy.

Beale, White axed after All Blacks flogging

Beale, White axed after All Blacks flogging
Australia coach Ewen McKenzie Tuesday dropped Kurtley Beale and Nic White for the Rugby Championship clash against South Africa following the Wallabies' 51-20 humiliation by New Zealand.

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot

Philippines foils 'anti-China' bombing plot
Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday.

Philippine airport bomb plotters planned anti-China attacks: govt

Philippine airport bomb plotters planned anti-China attacks: govt
Three men arrested over a foiled attempt to bomb the Philippine capital's airport were also planning to attack the Chinese embassy and one of Manila's biggest malls, authorities said Tuesday.

UN chief says 'no military solution' to Ukraine crisis

UN chief says 'no military solution' to Ukraine crisis
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Western powers Tuesday "there is no military solution" to the Ukraine crisis, as NATO prepares to upgrade its combat readiness in eastern Europe.

Great Barrier Reef dredge dumping plan could be shelved

Great Barrier Reef dredge dumping plan could be shelved
An India-backed mining consortium could shelve controversial plans to dump dredging waste in the Great Barrier Reef, with alternative sites on land being considered amid growing environmental concerns, Australia said Tuesday.

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: report

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry: report
Chinese authorities have demanded Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, accusing it of "highly inappropriate" interference in its affairs, the BBC reports.

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS

Australia PM says 'extreme force' justified against IS
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday said "extreme force" was justified in battling Islamic State militants, as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the extremists' reign of terror "totally unacceptable".

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