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MH370 search 'can't go on forever'

Relatives of some of the Chinese passengers who were on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 outline their demands to the airline at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur February 20, 2015.

A year since Malaysian Airlines jet MH370 vanished, officials are considering calling off the search.

Blogger hacked to death

CRIME SCENE: Bangladeshi policemen the site of attack on Avijit Roy, in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

US engineer who had criticised Islamists was killed by machete-wielding assailants in Bangladesh.

Bali nine executions 'still some way off'

FACING DEATH: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The head of the supermax prison on "death island" does not believe the executions of two Aussies will take place soon.

Indonesia TV plea for Bali nine

PLEADING: Michael Chan, pictured here with his mother Helen, has been a vocal supporter of his brother Andrew's appeals for clemency.

Michael Chan gets his family's message across on local TV broadcast.

Grim Bali nine news

Myuran Sukumaran walks inside Kerobokan prison in Bali.

Preparations for the transfer of the Bali nine duo to "execution island" is all but complete.

Spiritual singer on death row with Bali nine duo

Okwudili Ayotanze (second from left) is on death row with Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

A charismatic gospel singer who jams with prison guards is among those on death row with Bali nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

No review of executions

ON DEATH ROW: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Tony Abbott said Jokowi was "carefully considering" his position on Chan and Sukumaran, the Indonesian leader disagrees.

Prince William meets Japanese royalty

Britain's Prince William is greeted by Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito upon his arrival at the Togu Palace in Tokyo.

Britain's Prince William has shared royal chit chat over tea with Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito.

Moderate quake jolts Pakistan

An earthquake has rattled south east Queensland.

Pakistan's meteorological agency says a moderate earthquake has jolted northwestern Pakistan.

Japan teen held for 'IS-inspired' murder

japanese police

Japanese police have arrested a teenager on suspicion of killing a 13-year-old schoolboy, in a chilling murder some local media suggest was inspired by Islamist extremist executions.

Hong Kong woman jailed for maid abuse

A supporter holds up a sign with a drawing of Indonesian domestic helper Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, during a protest calling for better protection of migrant workers in Hong Kong.

The case of a Hong Kong mother who assaulted her maids has exposed the plight of millions of domestic helpers in Asia.

Gunman kills three in Seoul

South Korean police investigate the scene where a gunman killed three people in Sejong City, south of Seoul on February 25.

A gunman shot and killed three people before he was found dead in the second such incident in two days in South Korea.

'Quake coming - in 40 minutes'

Quake damage in Christchurch.

What can New Zealand learn from Japan about earthquakes?

More than 160 killed in Afghanistan avalanches video

Villagers in north Afghanistan are burying the more than 180 people killed in some of the region's worst avalanches in three decades.

Rescue helicopters and trucks loaded with relief supplies struggle to reach victims in snow-logged mountain terrain.

Philippine army kills 14 Islamic militants

Soldiers ride in a military truck as they are deployed to remote villages in Jolo, Sulu southern Philippines October 17, 2014.Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Philippines holding two Germans said on Friday they had received some of the ransom they had been demanding and would not kill one of the Germans as they had threatened to. The hostages, captured by militants of the Abu Sayyaf group in April from a yacht on the high seas, are being held in the interior of the remote island of Jolo, 600 miles (960 km) south of Manila. REUTERS/Stringer   (PHILIPPINES - Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)

US-trained army commandos have killed 14 Islamist militants belonging to the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf group.

Execution looms for Bali duo

DEATH ROW: Java-Christian Church has prepared 10 coffins for those who will received the death penalty execution in Nusakambangan Island

Isolation cells on the penal island where the Bali nine duo will be killed will be ready this weekend.

Hope fades for death row duo

TIGHT LIPPED: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has spoken with Jakarta about the two Aussie drug smugglers due to face a firing squad.

Australian PM Tony Abbott won't give details on talks over 'Bali Nine' pair set for execution.

Rebel leader denies using mercenaries

REBEL ARMY: Anti-government fighters in Myanmar have denied using Chinese citizens in their clashes against the country's army.

Myanmar's accusations that Chinese mercenaries have been helping rebels have been denied by their leader.

Bali Nine case 'about humanity'

DEATH ROW: Australian prisoners Andrew Chan (C) and Myuran Sukumaran (L) are unlikely to escape the firing squad.

Indonesian president says no intervention will save Bali Nine duo from the firing squad.

Korean couple swallowed by sinkhole video

Korean sinkhole

CCTV footage has captured the terrifying moment a Korean couple plunged into a sinkhole.

Court throws out Bali 9 challenge

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two of the Bali nine members, are facing death by firing squad in Indonesia.

Indonesian Administrative Court throws out legal challenge to a rejection of clemency plea of Bali nine ringleaders

New MH370 theory: Heading for Antarctica

A new claim emerges that flight MH370 was flown towards Antarctica.

In yet another theory about what happened to MH370, a documentary claims the flight may have been deliberately flown off course towards Antarctica.

N.Korea tightens travel restrictions

Passengers wait for their luggage upon arrival at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean authorities have banned foreigners from one of the year’s most popular tourist events.

No closure for MH370 families

Wang Run Xiang holds a picture of her grandson, whose father was aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 when it disappeared.

As the one-year anniversary of MH370's disappearance approaches, victims' families are still struggling.

Democracy push against China

Protesters restrain a man who allegedly beat other protesters during a demonstration inside a shopping mall in Hong Kong on February 15.

Lingering anger is stoking a new front of radical activism in Hong Kong.

39 dead as Bangladesh ferry capsizes after collision video

At least 39 people die when a passenger ferry capsized after colliding with a trawler on the river Padma with more than 100 people aboard, police said.

At least 39 people died in Bangladesh when a passenger ferry capsized after colliding with a trawler on the river Padma with more than 100 people aboard.

'Nobody consoled Marco'

Brazilian Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira was executed by firing squad in Indonesia last month.

Indonesian authorities executed a Brazilian man last month without allowing a priest perform the last rites as he waited for the firing squad.

'No delay' on Bali nine execution

Andrew Chan

Indonesian President insists that any postponement in the transfer was due to "technical issues", rather than pressure from Australia.

A letter from an Azerbaijani prison

IMPRISONED: Journalist Khadija Ismayilova.

If we continue to believe that human dignity is not for sale, then we are the winners, and they, our jailers, are the losers.

Narendra Modi's suit beats Monroe's pink dress

RECORD SALE: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's suit, which he wore in a meeting with US President Barack Obama, featured his name in gold pinstripes, fetched NZ$916,000 at auction.

Not even Marilyn Monroe's pink dress could match Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suit.

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