Hospital gives NZ parents wrong surrogate baby

A Kiwi couple are pleading answers after they brought home the wrong baby from a Thai fertility hospital.

China denies Miss World Canada

Canada's outspoken Miss World contestant said she was barred from entering China to take part in this year's pageant.

The Chinese-born contestant says she was barred from entering China to take part in this year's pageant.

Russian chopper crash kills 15

A Mi-8 helicopter, similar to this, has crashed in Siberia.

A civilian helicopter has crashed in Siberia, killing 15 people.

Jail for feeding ex-pupil faeces

Judges gave the professor a heavier punishment because the cruelty of his actions was "beyond imagination".

A former South Korean professor has been handed a 12-year sentence for abusing a former pupil.

British pilot suggested new MH370 search spot

Malaysia Airlines

Captain Simon Hardy predicts that missing plane will be found in the next four to eight weeks.

100 missing miners feared dead

Hand-pickers return from searching for jade through rubble dumped by mining companies at a jade mine in Hpakant township, Kachin State.

Hopes fade that any of an estimated 100 people missing will be found alive after a landslide in northern Myanmar.

Safe landing amid bomb threat

Singapore Airlines did not give details of the threat.

Singapore Airlines says a flight from San Francisco faced a bomb scare while en route to Changi Airport.

Bangladesh executes opposition leaders

An ambulance carries the body of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury after his execution for torture, rape and genocide.

Reporter shot after politicians hanged for historic war crimes, amid threats of violence.

Myanmar landslide tragedy

People look for the bodies of miners killed by the landslide in a Hpakant jade mine.

More than 100 people have been killed in a landslide near a jade mine in Myanmar.

Former South Korean President dies

Former South Korean President Kim Young-sam

Kim was an important figure in South Korea's pro-democracy movement.

'McRefugee' reunited with family

With nowhere to go, Mary Seow found herself living in a 24-hour McDonald's in Hong Kong.

A Singaporean woman reported missing five years ago was found living in a 24-hour McDonald's in Hong Kong.

APEC nations vow to fight terrorism

World leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Leaders of the APEC group have vowed to prevent terrorism from undermining values that underpin their economies.

Rival Koreas agree to meet

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The talks are aimed at improving ties in the wake of a military standoff in August.

Key chats with media in bathrobe

He was a draft away from a wardrobe malfunction but that didn't stop John Key from doing some chitchat in a crowded hotel lobby in Manila.

He was a draught away from a wardrobe malfunction but that didn't stop John Key from doing some chitchat in a hotel lobby.

28 'terrorists' in China killed

The Chinese govt says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists in energy-rich Xinjiang.

Chinese forces in Xinjiang has killed "terrorists" from a group that carried out an attack at a coal mine in September.

Pakistani model denies cash stash

Pakistan's top model Ayaan Ali faces money laundering charges.

Ayaan Ali denies charges that she attempted to fly to Dubai with $772,596 in cash stashed in her luggage.

Suspected spy hid map in undies

The suspected spy was also reportedly carrying a high-powered telescope and photos of military facilities.

Guards detain man who had a hand-drawn map in his briefs at the N Korean border.

Envoys schooled after alleged assault

Accused Malaysian military attache Muhammad Rizalman Bin Ismail will stand trial in Wellington later this month.

Allegation prompts Malaysia to train all its diplomats before they go overseas.

Woman gives birth on sidewalk

Traffic has plagued Manila as police closed off many roads leading to meeting venues of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Road closures for the APEC summit prevented a pregnant Manila woman from reaching the hospital.

12 dead in Pakistan train crash

An engine fault was blamed for the derailment.

A train carrying 280 passengers derailed due to an engine fault.

Attacks, sea dispute draw APEC focus

The US will transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy as part of its "ironclad commitment" to help fortify the Philippines' maritime security.

Five APEC nations are at odds with China over conflicting claims to some islands.

East Timor reaches out to Aussie public

East Timor says an undefined sea border should fall halfway between them and Australia.

East Timor is appealing to Australians' sense of fair play regarding a border dispute.

Royal baby joy for Bhutan

Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema are expecting a prince in February 2016.

The Bhutan royal couple, dubbed the "Wills and Kate of the Himalayas", are expecting their first child.

NZ and Vietnam in 'new era' of relations

Prime Minister John Key poses for a photo with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung at the Government Office in Hanoi, Vietnam. The pair have announced three agreements to build closer relations in the areas of aviation, education and health.

New pacts across aviation, health and education will see New Zealand work much more closely with Vietnam.

Powerful earthquake hits Japan

Powerful quake hits off southern coast of Japan

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit off the southern coast of Japan, the US Geological Survey reported.

Royal couple to visit India

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William (right) and Catherine, will visit India for the first time early next year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on a tour of India next year, Kensington Palace has announced.

Suu Kyi's NLD secures majority

Aung San Suu Kyi has made it clear she will run the country regardless of who the NLD elects as president.

Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament.

Singles' Day a $21b bonanza

Alibaba in 2009 co-opted the event into a consumption-fest for all.

A mock celebration for people not in relationships is now the world's biggest online shopping event.

In a twist over pretzel sticks

Chocolate-covered pretzels, sold as Pepero, are a popular snack in South Korea.

South Korea and Japan are at war over a chocolate-covered snack.

Suu Kyi issues talks deadline

Supporters of Myanmar's pro-democracy figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi gather outside National League for Democracy headquarters (NLD) in Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar's president has promised a "peaceful transfer of power" to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

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