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Motorbike bomb kills six civilians in north Afghanistan

Motorbike bomb kills six civilians in north Afghanistan
A suicide bomber detonated an explosive-packed motorcycle in northern Afghanistan Thursday, killing six civilians and wounding more than 20 in a crowded market as shoppers bought supplies for the upcoming festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, officials said. 

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN
More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN report

More than 2.2 billion people 'poor or near-poor': UN report
More than 2.2 billion people are "poor or near-poor", with financial crises, natural disasters, soaring food prices and violent conflicts threatening to exacerbate the problem, a United Nations report said Thursday.

Singapore match-fixer jailed for three years in sex-bribe case

Singapore match-fixer jailed for three years in sex-bribe case
A Singaporean businessman was jailed for three years on Thursday for providing prostitutes to three Lebanese football referees in a match-fixing attempt that has put the spotlight on the city-state's role in global sports corruption.

Singaporean jailed for 3 years in sex-for-fixing case

Singaporean jailed for 3 years in sex-for-fixing case
A Singaporean businessman was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for providing prostitutes to three Lebanese football referees in an attempt to rig future matches. 

India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead

India train hits school bus, at least 11 children dead
A passenger train rammed into a school bus in southern India on Thursday, killing at least 11 children, with fears the death toll could be as high as 25, officials said.

Cook Islands prime minister wins second term

Cook Islands prime minister wins second term
Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna has won a second term in the small Pacific nation, although the main opposition party said it planned to challenge the results.

Australian injecting room upholds fight against AIDS epidemic

Australian injecting room upholds fight against AIDS epidemic
Nestled among the bars and strip clubs of Sydney's Kings Cross is a service which not only saves lives, but continues the pragmatic approach which prevented a HIV epidemic among drug-users in Australia.

China reopens town sealed after plague death

China reopens town sealed after plague death
A Chinese town sealed off after a man died of plague re-opened on Thursday after authorities found no further cases of the illness, state media said. 

Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager

Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager
Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday.

Man arrested in China for testicle chopping

Man arrested in China for testicle chopping
A man used a blunt razor to chop off the testicles of three patients at a Chinese nursing home, state media said Thursday.

Chinese billionaires criticised for giving Harvard $15m

Chinese billionaires criticised for giving Harvard $15m
A Chinese billionaire couple have faced a deluge of criticism for donating $15 million to one of the richest and most prestigious universities in the US, with Internet users saying it would be better spent on students in China.

Children suffering in Australian asylum-seeker camp

Children suffering in Australian asylum-seeker camp
Australia's human rights commissioner on Thursday said conditions at an asylum-seeker camp on Christmas Island have "significantly deteriorated" with children plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start wargames

Naval ships from US, India and Japan to start wargames
The US, India and Japan are set to kick off week-long war games in the Pacific, beefing up naval ties as they warily eye an increasingly assertive China.

Taiwan plane crash toll hits 48, officials defend flight clearance

Taiwan plane crash toll hits 48, officials defend flight clearance
Taiwanese officials on Thursday defended flight clearance given to a plane which crashed in torrential rain, killing 48 people, as angry relatives blamed authorities for the worst air disaster in a decade.

48 killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan plane crash

48 killed, 10 survivors in Taiwan plane crash
Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather. 

Aussie swimmers look to open Commonwealth Games in style

Aussie swimmers look to open Commonwealth Games in style
Australia's powerhouse swimmers are expected to stamp their authority on the Commonwealth Games from the start on Thursday and help erase the misery of their 2012 London Olympics flop. 

India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears

India's lax antibiotic controls raise killer disease fears
An Indian pharmacist swiftly pulls white boxes of powerful antibiotics from neatly stacked shelves behind him, and hands them over the counter without asking for a doctor's prescription.

China manufacturing jumps to 18-month high

China manufacturing jumps to 18-month high
A key measure of Chinese manufacturing activity hit an 18-month high in July, HSBC said Thursday, in a further sign the world's second-largest economy is gaining momentum on the back of Beijing's mini-stimulus.

China manufacturing index jumps to 18-month high: HSBC

China manufacturing index jumps to 18-month high: HSBC
A key measure of Chinese manufacturing activity hit an 18-month high in July, HSBC said Thursday, in a further sign the world's second-largest economy is gaining momentum on the back of Beijing's mini-stimulus.

Australian Medical Board bans prominent euthanasia doctor

Australian Medical Board bans prominent euthanasia doctor
Prominent Australian right-to-die doctor Philip Nitschke on Thursday vowed to continue giving advice on how to end life after the Australian Medical Board used emergency powers to suspend him.

S. Korea unveils $40 bln economic stimulus package

S. Korea unveils $40 bln economic stimulus package
South Korea unveiled a $40 billion stimulus package Thursday as the finance minister warned of a risk of recession after the economy grew at its slowest rate for more than a year in the second quarter.

Japan trade deficit surges to record on weak exports

Japan trade deficit surges to record on weak exports
Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record in the first half of the year as exports fell further in June, data showed Thursday, ramping up pressure on the central bank to unveil fresh measures to boost the economy.

Japan trade deficit surges on-year to $8.1bn in June

Japan trade deficit surges on-year to $8.1bn in June
Japan's trade deficit more than quadrupled in June from a year ago as the country logged another dip in exports, extending a string of monthly shortfalls to two years, data showed Thursday.

S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years

S. Korea reports first foot-and-mouth case for 3 years
South Korea on Thursday confirmed its first case of foot-and-mouth in more than three years, and just two months after the country was declared free of the disease.

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