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First lawsuit filed over MH370

MH370: the first lawsuit has been filed over the mystery disappearance.

A Malaysian family is suing the government and Malaysia Airlines for negligence in the mysterious disappearance of flight MH370..

Child stabbed to death, two injured in China

China police.

Eight-year-old stabbed to death and two classmates seriously injured in the latest attack on school children in China.

A postcard from Afghanistan gallery

Christchurch reporter Anna Pearson spent two weeks in Afghanistan, documenting a Kiwi-led agricultural aid project.

No hope for survivors video

Rescue teams at the site of a landslide.

Toll reduced to over 100 as official says no hope of finding survivors in Sri Lanka landslide.

Burning passion

One of the dozens of meteorite specimens displayed in a showroom in Urumqi, in China's far-western Xinjiang region.

For some of China's wealthy, the terrestrial trappings are worthless compared to bounty from outer space.

Landslide death toll rises sharply video

DEATH TOLL: Residents of the Sri Lankan village of Koslanda gather at the site of a landslide that killed around 100 people.

A major mudslide at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka has killed about 100 people, with the victims buried alive.

Teachers face Indonesian trial over child sex

IN CUSTODY: Neil Bantleman, with his wife Tracy Bantleman, pictured on the day he was taken into police custody on July 14, 2014.

Two teachers from the prestigious Jakarta International School told they will face trial in an Indonesian court.

Bangladeshi PM assassination plot foiled

TARGETED: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

India's top counter-terrorism agency has uncovered a suspected plot by a banned militant group to assassinate the prime minister of Bangladesh.

Never too old for Hello Kitty

51-year-old mother Kazumi Kaminaga smiles with a large Hello Kitty doll at a Sanrio shop in Tokyo.

Forty years since her inception, Hello Kitty is far from just kids stuff these days.

China's dirty ships

NO LAUGHING MATTER: A Beijing commuter wears a mask during severe pollution in the city on February 25.

Chinese ports are pumping out pollution virtually unchecked, according to a report by a US environmental group.

Bali murder probe frustrates family

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

Kiwi family of man killed in Indonesia grow increasingly concerned about handling of murder investigation.

MH17: They will pay the price

NOT GIVING UP: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the inquiry into the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine will be lengthy and difficult but needs to be done.

The inquiry into downing of MH17 will be lengthy and difficult but needs to be done, Malaysia PM says.

Ankle cyst surgery for North Korean leader

UNDER THE KNIFE: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly had ankle surgery to remove a cyst.

South Korea's spy agency believes North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle.

Bali family reunited

Peter Ellis, his mother Julaikah Noor Aini, and brother John Ellis, in the house in which Ms Noor is accused of ordering the murder of Bob Ellis.

A photo which should be unremarkable depicts a mother accused of murdering her husband posing with their sons.

Thai pair charged with defaming monarchy

Thailand has strict laws around commenting on its monarchy.

Prosecutors charge two people with defaming Thai monarchy in a stage performance at a university last year.

Body pulled from Korean ferry

The Sewol ferry sank in April. The body is the first recovered since July 18.

First body found in three months is recovered from sunken South Korean ferry, increasing official death toll to 295. 

Japan nuclear plant to restart

Japan's economy, trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi (centre) at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

A Japanese town has become the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station, a step towards reviving the industry.

Cyclone to hit India, Pakistan

Cyclone

Indian officials are preparing to evacuate residents as they braced for another cyclone due to slam into the country's west coast and neighbouring Pakistan.

Mother and son reunited

KILLED IN BALI: Robert Kelvin Ellis, pictured with his wife Julaikah Noor Aini, was found with his throat slashed. His wife has confessed to ordering a hit on her husband

A woman has met with her son for the first time since she was accused of murdering her husband - his father - in Bali.

Mob roughs up HK journalists

Tens of thousands of protesters gather to listen to the talks between the government officials and the protesters tonight at the main protest site in Hong Kong.

Three journalists were roughed up in Hong Kong after being confronted by pro-government protesters.

Victim to be buried in NZ

KILLED IN BALI: Robert Kelvin Ellis, pictured with his wife Julaikah Noor Aini, was found with his throat slashed. His wife has confessed to ordering a hit on her husband.

An Indonesian woman arrested for organising a hit on her Australian husband claims he kept her poor, but neighbours disagree.

Injured man crawled for three days

Malaysian police said the man showed up at a remote village.

Man crawled for three days to a village after crash off a Malaysian highway into ravine left him injured and passenger dead.

Japan minister under more pressure

Japan's Industry Minister Yoichi Miyazawa took the job just days ago.

Japan's industry minister is under renewed pressure over his stake in operator of Fukushima nuclear plant that he oversees, just a day after admitting his underlings spent office cash at sex bar.

Man mauled, bitten by tiger

CONTROVERSIAL PARK: Chinese tourists pose for pictures with one of Tiger Kingdom's attractions in July this year.

Australian man recovering in Thai hospital after fending off attack in tourist petting enclosure.

Sectarian bus attack leaves eight dead

MOURNING: Shi'ite Muslim men from Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority sit as they mourn beside the coffins of their relatives, who were killed after gunmen opened fire on a bus.

Eight Shi'ite members of Pakistan's ethnic Hazara minority were killed and one wounded after gunmen opened fire on a bus.

Fine paid, but not free

Plane generic

Two Australians agree to pay fine for flying in Indonesian airspace without permits, but will not be free to leave immediately.

Indonesia on lookout for MH370

STILL LOOKING: Australian search authories have alerted Indonesia that wreckage may wash up along its shores.

Indonesians warned too look out for wreckage from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

Wife admits husband hit

KILLED IN BALI: Robert Kelvin Ellis, pictured with his wife Julaikah Noor Aini, was found with his throat slashed. His wife has confessed to ordering a hit on her husband

Man found dead and wrapped in plastic in Bali was trying to extract himself from his marriage.

Nepal calls off search for blizzard survivors

SAVED: The Nepalese army helps survivors of the snowstorm.

Thirty-five bodies have been pulled from the snow since last Tuesday, but eight remaining bodies still not found.

Indonesian air force intercepts Australian plane

The Australian plane on the tarmac at Manado's Sam Ratulangi airport.

Fighter jets force down an Australian light aircraft in Indonesian airspace without permission.