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Indonesia international school faces new sex abuse claims

Indonesia international school faces new sex abuse claims
A prestigious Indonesian international school faced a mounting crisis Thursday, as new sexual assault claims emerged and an ex-teacher was revealed to have been a suspected paedophile under FBI investigation. 

China toughens environment law to target polluters

China toughens environment law to target polluters
China on Thursday passed the first amendment to its environment protection law in 25 years, imposing tougher penalties on polluters after the government called for a "war" on pollution.

Malaysia's Anwar gets Susan Rice meeting

Malaysia's Anwar gets Susan Rice meeting
The top White House national security aide Susan Rice will meet Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when President Barack Obama's regional tour reaches Malaysia, a senior US official told AFP Thursday.

China 'approves jail terms for rare wild animal eaters'

China 'approves jail terms for rare wild animal eaters'
China's legislature voted on Thursday to approve a legal measure that will jail people caught eating rare wild animals, state media reported.

Abdullah in lead as Afghan election set for run-off

Abdullah in lead as Afghan election set for run-off
Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah retained a clear lead in the latest Afghan presidential election results released Thursday, but he remained below the threshold needed for a decisive first-round victory.

Classes resume at South Korean school scarred by ferry disaster

Classes resume at South Korean school scarred by ferry disaster
Senior classes resumed Thursday at the South Korean high school devastated by the loss of around 250 students in a ferry disaster that has made the school a focus of profound national grief.

37 dead as Pakistan jets target Taliban hideouts

37 dead as Pakistan jets target Taliban hideouts
The Pakistani military attacked Taliban hideouts in the lawless tribal northwest with fighter jets and ground forces on Thursday and killed at least 37 suspected militants, officials said.

At least 16 dead as Pakistan jets target Taliban hideouts

At least 16 dead as Pakistan jets target Taliban hideouts
The Pakistani military attacked Taliban hideouts in the lawless tribal northwest with fighter jets and ground forces on Thursday and killed at least 16 suspected militants, officials said.

Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course

Obama 'ate only half' the sushi course
Barack Obama may have enthused publicly about the sushi he was served at an exclusive Michelin-starred restaurant, but he stopped eating half way through the meal, reports said Thursday.

Obama  gets a kick out of footballing robot

Obama gets a kick out of footballing robot
Barack Obama Thursday came face to face with Japan's newest sporting phenomenon -- an eerily realistic humanoid robot which can run, jump and enjoy a kickaround with the president of the United States.

Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370

Searchers face tough choices in hunt for MH370
Searchers for missing Flight MH370 face tough choices on how to proceed after almost seven fruitless weeks, with only a fraction of a deep-sea zone still left to be scanned.

Praise and playtime for royals in Canberra

Praise and playtime for royals in Canberra
Prince William and wife Catherine visited children at a playground and received warm praise from Australia's monarchist prime minister in the capital Canberra on Thursday, the penultimate day of their royal tour. 

Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

Afghan policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital
An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity, killing three Americans in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.

Policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

Policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital
An Afghan policeman opened fire Thursday on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity, killing three Americans in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city.

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire
A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on staff Thursday, killing three foreigners including a doctor, in the latest attack targeting international civilians in the Afghan capital.

Kabul hospital guard opens fire, kills foreign doctor

Kabul hospital guard opens fire, kills foreign doctor
A guard at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity opened fire on Thursday, killing at least one foreign doctor and wounding several other people, medics told AFP.

Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore

Hello Kitty mayhem returns to Singapore
Singaporean fans of Hello Kitty raged on the web Thursday after their frantic attempts to buy limited-edition toys from the McDonald's website failed when overwhelmed servers crashed, in the latest frenzy over the Japanese cat to hit the city-state.

Clashes in Kashmir as India heads back to the polls

Clashes in Kashmir as India heads back to the polls
Tens of millions voted Thursday in different regions of India in the latest stage of a massive five-week election, but militant threats kept many Kashmiris away from polling stations while others clashed with police. 

Indian Kashmir votes in shadow of violence

Indian Kashmir votes in shadow of violence
Indian Kashmir headed to the polls under the shadow of violent threats from militants on Thursday in the latest stage of the country's five-week election that sees 180 million people eligible to vote.

Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest

Fresh safety, violence fears on Mount Everest
Three major mountaineering companies joined others in quitting Everest citing fears of violence, safety concerns and tension at base camp, deepening a crisis Thursday on the world's highest peak sparked by the death of 16 guides last week.

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life

Bangladesh's miracle survivor marries and builds new life
She was the miracle seamstress, plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster 17 days after the building collapse. One year on, she has married and found a new job.

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' loses final bid for appeal

Hong Kong 'milkshake murderer' loses final bid for appeal
American housewife Nancy Kissel, dubbed the "milkshake murderer", on Thursday lost her final bid to appeal against her conviction in Hong Kong for the 2003 murder of her banker husband.

Lincoln, Cadillac chase Audi in China luxury market

Lincoln, Cadillac chase Audi in China luxury market
Classic American luxury brands Lincoln and Cadillac are taking on Germany's long-dominant Audi in China, but face a market leader fortified by enviable brand awareness built over years as officialdom's favourite car.

Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row

Obama in Tokyo backs Japan in China island row
US President Barack Obama vowed Thursday to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urged Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its "dangerous" nuclear programme.

Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty

Obama in Japan says 'Senkaku' islands covered by security treaty
US President Barack Obama Thursday told a press conference in Japan that islands at the centre of a bitter territorial dispute with China are covered by a defence treaty that would oblige Washington to act if they were attacked.

Anger boils over as relatives of S. Korea ferry victims attack official

Anger boils over as relatives of S. Korea ferry victims attack official
Furious relatives of missing victims from South Korea's ferry disaster attacked a top coastguard official on Thursday, accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged vessel.

Angry parents seek autopsies of Korea ferry victims

Angry parents seek autopsies of Korea ferry victims
Some parents of the mostly teenage victims of South Korea's ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show their children were alive inside the submerged vessel and only died because the emergency response was so slow.

Angry parents seek autopsies of S Korea ferry victims

Angry parents seek autopsies of S Korea ferry victims
Some parents of the mostly teenage victims of South Korea's ferry disaster are pushing for autopsies that might show their children were alive inside the submerged vessel and only died because the emergency response was so slow.

Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report

Body found of boy who made first call from Korea ferry: report
The body of a high school student who made the first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was recovered from the submerged vessel on Thursday, news reports said.

Rana Plaza one year on: brands and buyers make few changes

Rana Plaza one year on: brands and buyers make few changes
One year on from the tragedy at Rana Plaza, Bangladesh's worst ever industrial disaster in which more than 1,000 factory workers died, has anything really changed in the fast-fashion brands on Western high streets?

Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather says

Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather says
Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. 

Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather

Pacquiao has lost his 'pop', Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather says Manny Pacquiao has lost a step and that the Filipino's superstar slide has coincided with his decision to split from former strength trainer Alex Ariza. 

Rogers welcomes lifting of UCI doping ban

Rogers welcomes lifting of UCI doping ban
Australian Michael Rogers has welcomed the lifting of a doping ban for a banned stimulant, saying it has ended a very difficult time for him.

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid in 1930s row
China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after its owner paid $28 million in compensation, a court said, in a business dispute dating to the 1930s which underlines tensions between the countries.

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid: court

China frees Japan ship after $28 mn paid: court
China on Thursday released a seized Japanese ship after owner Mitsui O.S.K. Lines paid 2.9 billion yen ($28 million) to the Chinese side, a court said, in a dispute dating back to the 1930s.

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