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Elephant goes on rampage video

People watch from a safe distance as the wild elephant moves through a street parked with motorbikes and bicycles.

Villagers in India were woken by an early morning stampede by a wild elephant.

N Korea restarts nuclear reactor

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Clapper said US intelligence had assessed that North Korea has expanded Yongbyon and restarted the plutonium production reactor there.

Rogue nation fires up plutonium reactor that could begin creating material for nuclear weapons "in weeks or months".

Kiwi found dead in Cambodia

The deceased Kiwi man was found in a Cambodian resort four days ago.

A 72-year-old man was found dead of a suspected heart attack in a Cambodian resort.

Riots erupt in Hong Kong video

Rioters throw bricks at police in Mong Kok district.

Dozens injured, many arrested after Lunar Year celebrations erupt into worst violence since pro-democracy protests.

Living through quake collapse

Rescue workers search for victims at a collapsed building in Tainan.

After propping himself against a wall for 20 hours to avoid smothering his girlfriend, his strength was draining away.

The children of China - Unicef stuff nation

ECD Project in Chongqing, Oct 2014

In the west of China, more than 60 million children live without parental support. The number of children living in absolute poverty is in the tens of millions.

Bus driver 'killed by a meteorite'

The suspected meteorite impact killed a bus driver and injured three others.

As he washed his face during his lunch break, he became the first person in modern recorded history to be struck dead.

Leopard on the loose at Indian school video

The leopard mauled six people at the school.

Six people were injured before a tranquiliser dart kicked in.

Girl pulled from Taiwan rubble video

Rescuers carry a survivor out from the site where a 17-storey apartment building collapsed.

After being buried in a quake-hit apartment building for more than 60 hours, more survivors are rescued.

Taiwan quake toll likely to triple

Rescue worker use a crane to transport a victim found in the rubble at the Wei-guan apartment complex.

More than 100 missing and 37 confirmed dead in quake, with number of casualties likely to cross 100, says Tainan mayor.

What goes on in ninja school video

The dojo aims to keep the secrets of the ancient art alive.

The first secret of ninja school: It's best to stay on your teacher's good side.

N Korean patrol boat crosses to South

North Korea launched an object into space, angering the US and its neighbours.

The boat retreated after the South Korean navy fired warning shots. Meanwhile, the US could up its defences.

Early warning of building collapse video

Rescue workers continue to search for victims at a collapsed building in Taiwan.

Before their home collapsed in the Taiwan earthquake, one couple were given a clue that it was unsafe. But it came too late.

Anger over collapsed block 'faults'

Crumbled concrete on the collapsed apartment block has revealed some areas were apparently filled with old cooking oil cans.

More than 120 people are still missing after magnitude 6.4 quake in Taiwan.

UN crisis talks on North Korea video

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches the rocket take flight.

New Zealand and UN Security Council partners condemn rocket launch and vow a "firmer" response.

Hope inside Taiwan quake rubble gallery video

Rescuers save a young boy from the rubble of a collapsed building after a powerful earthquake struck southern Taiwan.

A young boy is among more than 170 people pulled from a collapsed apartment block - but more than 100 others remain trapped.

North Korea's launch 'may have failed' video

A flying object soars into the air above North Korean territory as seen from the Chinese border city of Dandong.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency says North Korea's long-range rocket launch may have failed.

NZ condemns North Korea missile launch

A flying object soars into the air above North Korean territory as seen from the Chinese border city of Dandong, in this photo taken by Kyodo February 7, 2016. North Korea launched a long-range rocket on Sunday carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea's defense ministry said, in defiance of United Nations sanctions barring it from using ballistic missile technology.

New Zealand has condemned a suspected long-range missile test by North Korea, calling the action "irresponsible".

Tragic quake before the Lunar New Year gallery video

The scene of the catastrophe. The government has already pledged an investigation into whether the building met Taiwan's strict construction standards.

Rescue crews have already pulled 247 survivors out of a collapsed 17-storey residential building.

Bhutan welcomes royal baby

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

National holiday called as tiny Himalayan nation celebrates arrival of new crown prince.

Suicide bomber kills eight

People help get an injured man out of his car after an explosion which killed eight.

Some 40 others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself in Pakistan.

Calls for calm after NK missile video

North Korea say this month's rocket launch will be to help develop its space programme.

The United States has deployed missile defence systems to track a rocket North Korea says it will launch.

Disposal of fireworks kills eight

An explosion from the disposal of fireworks materials killed eight people in southwestern China.

Eight people killed and nine others injured in an explosion in southwestern China.

IKEA loses name in Indonesia

Swedish furniture company Ikea will not be able to trade under its name in Indonesia.

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle.

Spectacular volcano eruption video

Volcanic lightning is seen at an eruption of Mount Sakurajima, taken from Tarumizu city, Kagoshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, sending fountains of lava into the night sky.

One of Japan's most active volcanos erupts with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope.

Man jumps from burning flat

The fire killed has one person and injured 10 others, according to reports.

Three dead and six injured after dramatic blaze consumes a high-rise apartment in Bangkok.

A bridge too far: Arrested for cards

An elderly bridge player is questioned by a Thai policeman at a Jomtien & Pattaya Bridge Club meeting in Pattaya.

A Kiwi is among 32 elderly Westerners arrested in Thailand - for playing the card game bridge.

Little pom gets jiggy with it video

It's a big job for a small guy, but someone's gotta do it.

Optimus the tiny pomeranian is all primed for the Lunar New Year with his cute moves.

Indonesia's waste problem

A man walks beside scattered plastic trash at Kuta Beach, Indonesia, in 2014. The influx of waste has become an annual phenomenon as piles of debris are carried to the beach by strong currents during the winter months.

Indonesia has a big rubbish problem and one New Zealand charity wants to help.

Direct challenge to Myanmar's military

Aung San Suu Kyi, centre, joins National League for Democracy MPs in parliament on Monday.

A veteran ally of Aung San Suu Kyi declares the 70-year-old Nobel laureate must be Myanmar's next president.

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