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India bans sale of cows

GlenAnthony Simmental cow and calf that won the Meat and Wool Cup at February's Dannevirke A&P Show.

Deemed "a cow bureaucracy in the 21st century," the Indian govt has issued a nationwide ban on selling cattle and buffaloes for slaughter.

Chinese jets intercept US plane

Chinese jets have carried out an "unsafe and unprofessional" intercept on a US Air Force  P3 Orion surveillance plane ...

Pentagon labels Chinese intercept of US surveillance plane as "unsafe and unprofessional".

Corby media frenzy bemuses lawyer video

Schapelle Corby is close to beginning life after Bail.

Schapelle Corby's lawyer still thinks she would have received a lighter sentence if there was less media frenzy.

'Large block' gone from Hillary Step video

The Hillary Step in May. Climbers are walking up the step to the right of the rock face.

Sir Edmund Hillary's son believes a chunk is missing from Everest's rock face - and it might make climbing easier.

Top commandoes deployed

Soldiers fire at enemy positions while they try to clear Marawi city of armed militants in southern Philippines.

Philippines deploy attack helicopters and special forces to drive out Islamic State-linked rebels.

Police boss beheaded video

Insurgents from the so-called Maute group have taken over large parts of the Marawi city, southern Philippines.

Isis-linked militants rampage through a town in the Philippines, beheading a police chief and kidnapping a priest.

Taiwan close to same-sex marriage

Supporters crowded streets in support of the move.

It would become the first Asian country to allow same-sex couples to legally tie the knot.

Trump praises Duterte

"I just wanted to congratulate you because I am hearing of the unbelievable job on the drug problem," US President ...

​US President praises Philippine President for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem".

Duterte threatens harsh measures

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the coffins of 15 soldiers killed in a gunbattle with Abu Sayyaf militants ...

President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law after Islamic State overruns besieged Philippines city.

Priest taken hostage in Philippines

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hurried back to the Philippines after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir ...

Extremists take a priest and more than a dozen Christian churchgoers hostage at gunpoint.

Motorists' alley standoff turns nasty video

Trouble ahead as two cars meet in a narrow alleyway in China.

Watch as a Mexican standoff quickly escalates into Chinese road rage.

South Korea fires warning shots

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime has ramped up weapons tests recently, amid growing tensions.

South Korea's military has fired warning shots at an unidentified object flying south from rival North Korea.

Heroin seized on Pakistan flight

Authorities found 20kg of heroin on a Pakistan International Airline flight in Islamabad, bound for London.

​Pakistani authorities find 20kg of heroin on a Pakistan International Airlines flight bound for London.

Hillary Step just 'under snow'

On the left is the Hillary Step in 2016, compared to a 2013 photo. Despite being taken from slightly different angles, ...

Is Mt Everest's famous Hillary Step gone or not? Mountaineers say yes, but sherpas aren't so sure.

Bangkok hospital bombing

A bomb blast struck Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok on the third anniversary of the 2014 coup.

Authorities in Thailand say a bomb at a hospital in Bangkok has wounded more than 20 people.

141 arrested over 'gay sex party'

Indonesian police have arrested 141 men attending what they called a "gay sex party" at a sauna in the capital Jakarta.

Indonesian police raid a sauna in growing hostility to homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

North Korea fires missile

An undated image of the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) during a test launch, from around ...

North Korea launches mid-range missile, as the country races to create long-range nuclear weaponry.

Three climbers die on Everest

​Roland Yearwood died not far from Mount Everest's peak, having survived an earthquake that triggered an avalanche on ...

American survived a 2015 earthquake on the mountain, but died not far from the peak on Sunday.

Detained for burning king's photo

A man walks past a picture of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the mourning period, outside a shopping ...

Five Thais arrested for burning the two-metre tall image claimed they'd been paid by a businessman to do so.

China killed CIA informants

According to a New York Times report, China killed or imprisoned 18 to 20 CIA sources from 2010 to 2012.

One was killed in front of a government building in China to send a message to others working for the US.

Woman cuts off rapist's genitals

Hindu holy man Gangeshananda Theerthapada has been sexually assaulting the victim for the past seven years, police say.

The Hindu holy man has been sexually assaulting her for the past seven years, police say.

Chunky monkey put on diet

"Uncle Fat" weighs about three times as much as he should.

"Uncle Fat" rescued after gorging on junk food and making his monkey minions feed him.

Pyongyang parade for rocket scientists

People cheer as missile developers arrive in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korea celebrates the scientists behind its latest successful missile launch, amid international tensions.

Japan paves way for emperor to quit

Japan's Emperor Akihito would be the first emperor to abdicate in about two centuries.

Under new bill, Japan's emperor could step down - which hasn't happened since 1817.

Corby 'deserves her freedom'

Australian Schapelle Corby will be deported from Indonesia on May 27 after completing her parole in Bali for a drug ...

Sister tells media to "stop stalking" Schapelle Corby just days before her return to Australia.

Chinese festival bans dog meat

Dogs for sale at the dog meat festival in Yulin, Guangxi Autonomous Region, in June 2015.

Ban could stop the slaughter of thousands of dogs and cats, including pets, animal welfare groups say.

85 lashes for gay sex

An Indonesian man sits in an Islamic court, one of the two men sentenced to 85 lashes of the cane for having sex ...

Two men to be publicly caned after being convicted for homosexuality in conservative Indonesian province.

From princess to commoner video

Mako has a master's degree from the University of Leicester.

Japan Emperor's eldest granddaughter will marry a former college classmate and must become a commoner after marriage due to a archaic males-only succession law.

A 'rogue state' on a mission

Prime Minister Bill English says that North Korea was a threat to the world "because they are acting in a way that is ...

North Korea has not created a missile that could reach NZ, but Prime Minister Bill English says it's still hard for NZ to relax.

A coral reef untouched, dying

A photo taken during an April-May expedition shows a dead table coral in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

This coral reef was supposed to be left untouched by humans. Trouble is, we're killing it anyway.

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