Deadly clash a 'misencounter'

Policemen load into a truck the body of their comrade after dozens of elite policemen were killed during a clash with a Muslim rebel group in Maguindanao Province.

The clash between Philippines police commandos and rebels that left dozens dead was a mistake, authorities say.

Obama-Modi in 'bromance'

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during the playing of the US National Anthem before the start of an official Indian State Dinner for the Obamas at the presidential palace.

US president's trip to India trumpeted as chance for a robust partnership between world's two biggest democracies.

Malaysia Airlines' website defaced

A screenshot of the defaced Malaysia Airlines website.

Malaysia Airlines' website is commandeered by hackers who reference Islamic State and claim to be from the "Lizard Squad".

Philippines police killed in shootout

Pope Francis waves from the steps of his aircraft as he leaves the Philippines on January 17. Massive crowds are reported to have prevented an assassination attempt by an Islamist sleeper cell.

More than 30 Philippines police officers have been killed trying to capture South-east Asia’s top Islamist terrorist.

Australia knights Prince Philip

AUSSIE HONOUR: The Queen would have signed off on Prince Philip being made a Knight of the Order of Australia.

Opposition ask if it's a hoax as the Queen's husband, Prince Philip, receives Australia's highest honour.

Kim Jong Un's female aides

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol Ju, applaud an art performance.

The two most influential women in North Korea : one sports Christian Dior, the other wears dark uniforms.

Hostage's murder 'outrageous' video

Video posted on social media shows one of two Japanese hostages holding a photo that appears to show the other Japanese hostage had been killed.

Islamic State confirms execution of Japanese hostage as country's PM brands it as an "outrageous and unforgivable" murder.

Hunt for suspect leaves 27 cops dead

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At least 27 police commandos have been killed in a clash with Muslim rebels while hunting a top terror suspect.

Aussie executions 'not in Bali please'

ON DEATH ROW: Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Bali's pro-death penalty governor doesn't want Australians executed on his island, believing it may spoil the harmonious climate.

Japanese hostage 'beheaded' video

A screenshot of the video released by the so-called Islamic State's al-Furqan media arm on January 20. Haruna Yakawa can be seen on the left.

A new video apparently shows the body of a Japanese hostage beheaded by members of Islamic State.

Japan takes on Islamic State gallery

Japan's internet users have shown they won't be silenced by Islamic State's threats. They're taking to web with  a hashtag called #isisクソコラグランプリ, or the "ISIS Crappy Collage Grand Prix".

Social media users in Japan are taking on Islamic State militants with a "crappy" meme war.

Kiwi nears 3 months in Chinese jail

ACCUSED SMUGGLER: Peter Gardner is detained in China on drug charges.

New Zealand-born Peter Gardner continues to languish in a Chinese jail as his travel companion settles back into life in Sydney.

China blocks VPN access to the internet

Why our internet speed in Australia simply doesn't rate.

China cracks down on one of the few avenues its citizens and foreigners have to accessing the full internet.

'Down with Charlie Hebdo' gallery

Supporters of the religious party Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI) burn a U.S. flag during a protest against against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdob in Lahore January 23, 2015.

Thousands and thousands across South Asia burn French flags and chant slogans calling for France's downfall,

Japanese hostage's mum pleads

"I say to you people of the Islamic State, Kenji is not your enemy. Please release him": Junko Ishido, mother of Japanese hostage.

'I would not hesitate to offer my own life to change this situation.'

Ousted Thai PM faces charges

FACING CHARGES: Ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets in a traditional way as she leave Parliament yesterday.

Thailand's junta-stacked parliament has dealt a double blow to ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Smoker fined $19k for butt-throwing

NO BUTTS ABOUT IT: Singapore has fined a smoker $19,716 for throwing cigarette butts out his window.

Singapore fines smoker $597 for every butt he threw out his flat window. The total sum was a record.

Natural glow is partly our fault

Glow-in-the-dark blue waves caused by the phenomenon known as harmful algal bloom or 'red tide', are seen at night near Sam Mun Tsai beach in Hong Kong.

Eerie fluorescence off Hong Kong's seashore is magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic.

China puts screws on Chinese journos

CHINA JOURNALIST: Zhang Miao, a Chinese researcher for a German newspaper, has imprisoned for nearly four months as Chinese officials cracked down on media organisations. She had assisted a reporter at pro-democracy demonstrations.

Zhang Miao has now been in prison for almost four months.

Funds raised for Bali drug accused

Anthony de Malmanche was arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle meth into Bali, police said.

More than $12,000 has been raised for Dannevirke-born Antony de Malmanche's fight against a meth charge in Bali.

Clock ticking for Japanese IS hostages video

Deadline looms for cash payment ... An IS militant with the two Japanese hostages, journalist Kenji Goto, left, and military contractor Haruna Yukawa.

The clock is ticking towards a deadline imposed by Islamist militants threatening to kill two Japanese nationals.

Six bodies recovered near crashed AirAsia jet

Rescue personnel unload body bags containing bodies recovered from the underwater wreckage of AirAsia flight QZ8501.

Indonesian divers found six bodies near the fuselage of an AirAsia jet that crashed last month into the Java Sea.

Andrew Chan loses clemency bid

Chan is expected to be executed.

The second Bali Nine ringleader, Andrew Chan, has had his bid for clemency rejected and is expected to be executed with Myuran Sukumaran.

Delay for Kiwi on Bali drugs charges

Anthony de Malmanche was arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle meth into Bali, police say.

Court appearance delayed for Whanganui man facing potential death sentence on charges over 1.7kg meth in Bali.

Teen's amazing 'escape' from North Korea

GREAT ESCAPE?: A teenager claims he travelled across a frozen river and two continents to escape North Korea, but some are questioning his story.

Teen claims he walked over a frozen river into China, and went through two continents in cars, trains and a truck to escape North Korea.

Arrest in Kiwi's killing brings relief

KILLED IN BALI: Robert Kelvin Ellis, pictured with his wife Julaikah Noor Aini, was found with his throat slashed.

Sister of Robert Ellis, murdered in Bali is relieved that the alleged mastermind behind the crime has been arrested.

IS hostage video 'doctored' video

DOCTORED VIDEO? An IS militant with the two Japanese hostages, journalist Kenji Goto Jogo, left, and military contractor Haruna Yukawa. Several peculiarities, such as shadows on the hostages, suggest the video may have been doctored.

Japan's government believes an Islamic State video of two Japanese hostages may have been doctored.

'Screaming' alarms as QZ8501 lost control video

Indonesian soldiers hold the cockpit voice recorder of AirAsia QZ8501.

Claims alarms in AirAsia flight QZ8501 were screaming as the pilots desperately tried to stabilise the plane.

Japan races against time

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned from a Middle East tour to deal with the hostage crisis.

Japan is making efforts as it races against time to free two hostages the IS group is threatening to kill within 72 hours.

Kiwi 'at real risk' of Bali firing squad

Anthony de Malmanche was arrested after allegedly trying to smuggle meth into Bali, police say.

Kiwi facing threat of death penalty in Bali for allegedly smuggling 1.7kg of methamphetamine is hoping for a mattress and pillow.

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