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  • 20 dead monkeys found on Hanoi bus

    30 Jan 2015 : HANOI — Police in Vietnam said Friday they had found the mummified remains of 20 monkeys after stopping a bus on the outskirts of Hanoi.

  • The new Candy Crush? Chinese language apps make learning a game

    30 Jan 2015 : HONG KONG - Philipp Mattheis knew his gaming app was addictive when he realised he kept checking his phone -- hooked by the brightly-coloured reminders telling him to play again or risk falling from the triple-figure level he had reached.

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  • 'Training device' sparked bomb scare, Sydney harbour closure

    23 Jan 2015 : SYDNEY - An unattended package left on a Sydney ferry that sparked a lockdown of Australia's iconic harbourfront was on Friday revealed to be training equipment used by the transport company.

  • Australian mum in Malaysia drug case 'duped in romance scam'

    23 Jan 2015 : KUALA LUMPUR - An Australian mother of four charged in Malaysia with the capital crime of drug trafficking was duped into carrying the drugs after falling for an online romance scam, her lawyer said on Friday.

  • Beggars taken off the streets for Philippines papal visit

    23 Jan 2015 : The Philippines government came under fire Friday after admitting that hundreds of homeless people were taken off Manila's streets and put into luxury accommodation during Pope Francis's recent visit, when he preached compassion for the poor.

  • Jakarta rejects clemency for Aussie

    23 Jan 2015 : JAKARTA — Indonesian President Joko Widodo rejected a clemency request for an Australian man sentenced to death for drug smuggling, local media reported Friday.

  • S. Korea names new prime minister

    23 Jan 2015 : South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Friday appointed a new prime minister in an apparent bid to bolster her sagging approval ratings, hit by a scandal involving her aides.

  • Arrests in China's Xinjiang nearly doubled in 2014: report

    23 Jan 2015 : BEIJING - Arrests nearly doubled last year in China's violence-torn, mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, state-run media reported Friday, adding that a crackdown has been extended to the end of this year.

  • IS to make statement 'soon' on hostages

    23 Jan 2015 : TOKYO — The Islamic State group will release a statement “soon” on two Japanese hostages it has threatened to kill sometime on Friday if Japan doesn’t pay a $200 million ransom, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported Friday.

  • A mother pleads as Japan hostage deadline passes

    23 Jan 2015 : The deadline set by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese men unless they were given $200 million passed Friday, after one captive's mother made a desperate plea to save her son's life.

  • Japan hostage mother to make last minute appeal

    23 Jan 2015 : TOKYO - The mother of one of two Japanese men being held by Islamist militants readied Friday to make a last desperate appeal for his life, with only hours before the jihadists' deadline expires.

  • NKorea asks top UN rights body to probe CIA torture

    23 Jan 2015 : GENEVA - North Korea on Thursday urged the UN Human Rights Council to discuss CIA torture revelations and set up an independent investigation.

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