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Thai man survives python encounter

Murrary River Darling python

The python slithered through pipes to latch its jaws onto a man's penis as he was using a squat toilet.

Sex offenders face execution or chemical castration

Australian man Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis, currently in jail in Bali on child molestation charges.

The new punishments for child sex offenders in Indonesia follow national outrage over the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14-year-old.

Dictator's propaganda star video

James and Ted Dresnok are interviewed by Roh Kil-nam, who is a naturalised US citizen.

James isn't your run-of-the-mill North Korean army captain. Son of an American defector and in full uniform, he delivered a message to his nation.

India enters the shuttle space race

India successfully flight tested a model (RLV-TD) in its bid to develop reusable spacecraft.

Can India pave the way for low-cost space missions after successfully launching a small shuttle?

Retrieval of bodies hampered

Three Indian climbers, a Dutchman, an Australian woman and a sherpa have died on Mount Everest in the past week.

Low visibility on Mount Everest is making it hard to reach the bodies of two climbers.

Obama stops for noodles with Bourdain

US President Barack Obama talks with Anthony Bourdain after at a shopping area of Hanoi, Vietnam.

The US President surprised many in Vietnam by having dinner with celebrity food show host Anthony Bourdain.

Everest death toll reaches six

Three Indian climbers, a Dutchman, an Australian woman and a sherpa have died on Mount Everest in the past week.

Bodies of two Indian climbers missing on Everest spotted by climbers.

Obama criticises Vietnam on rights

Local residents hold a sign welcoming US President Barack Obama as he arrives at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

US President chides Vietnam on political freedoms after critics of the government were prevented from meeting him.

Bali therapist charged with boy's assault

Bali therapist charged with boy's assault

A massage therapist has been charged with sexual assault and faces a maximum 20 years in jail.

Indonesia debates alcohol prohibition

The Yogyakarta deputy police chief holding a bottle containing deadly bootleg alcohol in Yogyakarta.

A batch of bootleg liquor recently killed 12 people, who began dying within 24 hours of drinking the toxic brew.

'We don't adapt at 9000m'

Mt Everest, left in cloud cover, is the pinnacle of mountaineering for many climbers.

At least three climbers have succumbed to altitude sickness on Mt Everest in recent days.

Another death on Everest video

Hundreds are eager to climb Mt Everest, but already three people have died on the mountain this year.

Indian climber, 43, has died while being helped down Everest and two more are missing, just days after a Dutch and an Australian perished near the peak.

Baby has tail removed

Doctors said there was a chance the boy would develop problems with his lower limbs if he did not have the growth removed.

A baby born with a tail has had surgery to remove it after doctors feared it might damage his lower body.

Singer in coma after fan stabbing

Japanese singer Mayu Tomita, who was stabbed by a fan 20 times, remains in critical condition.

Police say a part-time Japanese pop singer is in a coma after being stabbed about 20 times by a fan near a concert site.

Insect poo damaging Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal, built by 20,000 workers over 23 years. Insects are now damaging the marble its made from.

Monument to love that's stood for centuries is under threat from insects.

Everest's frozen graveyard video

Hundreds are eager to climb Mt Everest, but already three people have died on the mountain this year.

The climb to Mount Everest's peak is sign-posted by the marks of those who died trying to reach it.

Duterte will defy Church

Rodrigo Duterte is defying the wishes of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.

Rodrigo Duterte said he will defy the Roman Catholic Church and seek to impose a three-child policy.

Death sentences appealed

Murder-accused Zaw Lin (back left) and Win Zaw Htun (back centre) arrive at the Koh Samui Provincial Court.

​Lawyers filed an appeal against the conviction of two Myanmar migrant workers sentenced to death.

Four hurt as car slams into restaurant video

The driver mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake.

It was a drive-through with a difference as an out-of-control vehicle smashed through the front of a restaurant.

Thailand fire: 17 dead

Police in Thaliand have said 17 girls have died in a fire at a private school.

Seventeen girls dead and five injured after fire broke out a boarding school.

Record heat wave's 51C

Local residents fill their empty containers with water from municipal corporation tanker on a hot summer day in ...

Temperatures hit 51 degrees in record Indian heatwave, killing people and melting roads.

Mount Sinabung's deadly wake up

A man covered in dust leads rescuers after an eruption of Mount Sinabung.

A volcano in Indonesia has unleashed hot clouds of ash, killing three villagers and injuring four.

Two Everest fatalities

Maria Strydom died as she was descending Mt Everest.

Australian academic and Dutch mountaineer die of altitude sickness on Mount Everest.

Bangladesh cyclone toll rises

The full extent of damage from the cyclone isn't yet known.

More than 20 people are dead after Cyclone Roanu slammed into the country's coast.

Teen surmounts Everest

This was Azar's third trip to Nepal to tackle Everest.

Teen Alyssa Azar becomes youngest Australian in history to scale world's tallest peak.

Human flesh claims denied

A Zambian woman's Facebook post has led to China's state-run news agency to publicly deny the rumour about canned human ...

China strongly refutes allegations it is marinating dead bodies, putting them in cans and exporting them to Africa.

Cafe a spiky success video

A woman holds a hedgehog at the Harry hedgehog cafe in Tokyo, Japan.

There are cat cafes and dog cafes. So why not a hedgehog cafe?

Bounties for killing criminals

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippine president-elect and a local mayor raises his fist during a motorcade campaign at Cainta Rizal.

The mayor of a Philippine city has vowed to pay a $700 bounty to police officers for killing criminals.

Taiwan president pledges peace

Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan's President and  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson.

​Taiwan's new president urged China to "drop the baggage of history" in an inauguration speech.

Search resumes in Sri Lanka

Villagers pull a boat with people after rescuing them on a flooded road in Biyagam.

Hundreds of soldiers have resumed the search for hundreds of people missing after landslides.

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