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Six bodies found in suspected trafficking

Rescue workers inspect a mass grave at an abandoned camp in a jungle in Thailand's southern Songkhla province.

The bodies of six suspected Rohingya migrants from Myanmar have dug up from a mass grave.

Lawsuit tests China's resolve over pollution

Two-year-old Xu Yilin, whose blood, according to her family, has been shown to have almost three times the national limit for lead exposure in children, stands in a neighbor's house in Dapu town, Hunan province.

A lawsuit against a chemical plant for poisoning residents tests the central government's resolve to tackle pollution.

Sixty bodies recovered in Nepal valley

Soldiers take part in a operation to recover bodies after a massive avalanche triggered by last week's earthquake overwhelmed Langtang village, Nepal.

The bodies of 60 people buried by a mudslide triggered by Nepal's earthquake have been recovered.

Urgent medical aid needed in Nepal

Student Volunteer Army founder Sam Johnson sits on a pile of rubble in Nepal.

Christchurch's Student Volunteer Army founder is urging anyone with medical skills to head to Nepal.

Cockatoos stuffed into bottles by bird smugglers

A policeman holds a water bottle with a yellow-crested cockatoo inside.

Cockatoo-smuggling ring busted after dozes of live birds found stuffed into bottles.

The Indonesian case for executing drug traffickers

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28:  A woman places a candle on top of a picture of Australian Andrew Chan, one of one of the prisoners to be executed in Indonesia, during a vigil at Martin Place on April 28, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Supporters of Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran held a vigil tonight as the pair prepare to face the firing squad this evening at Indonesia's Nusakambangan Island. Chan and Sukumaran were both sentenced to death after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at around $4 million from Indonesia to Australia along with 7 other accomplices.  (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

OPINION:  The death penalty is harsh but Indonesia faces a drug-abuse crisis.

Weather disrupts aid links

Aid is reaching more remote parts of Nepal.

Bad weather has cut links with a village in Nepal where villagers are buried under an avalanche.

Seeking porn actress lookalikes

Alibaba suggested someone looking like adult film star Sora Aoi would help wake up the "code monkeys".

Internet firm Alibaba pulls a job advert seeking candidates resembling Japanese adult film star.

'I felt as if I would die'

Motorcycles  under collapsed buildings in Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

By his own account, 101-year-old Funchu Tamang should have died when his hut collapsed in Nepal's deadly earthquake.

100-plus bodies found under avalanche video

Nepalese soldiers unload emergency aid supplies as part of earthquake relief efforts in Dhunche, Nepal.

The bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers have been found buried in an avalanche set off by Nepal's devastating earthquake.

International aid crucial to Nepal's rebuild effort

Nepal's humanitarian and infrastructure rebuild following last month's earthquake will need a large amount of international help.

Nepal's government will need immense international support as the Himalayan nation begins turning its attention toward reconstruction.

Indian bus crash, fire claims 21 lives

A bus crash and caught fire, claiming 21 lives in Panna district in the indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

At least 21 people were burned to death when a bus fell into a ditch and caught fire in central India on Monday (Tuesday NZT), police said.

Go home, Nepal tells foreign aid workers gallery video

A woman and her child scamble through a  collapsed stupa downed in the powerfull 7.9 earthquake.

Nepal's government has urged foreign rescue workers in the quake-hit capital to return home.

Mass grave: No signs of violent death video

Rescue workers recover human remains from an abandoned camp in Thailand's southern Songkhla province May 1, 2015. Dozens of police and volunteers have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near the suspected human trafficking camp on a hillside deep in a southern Thai jungle, police said on Saturday. Picture taken May 1, 2015.  REUTERS/ Daily News   ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THAILAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN THAILAND

Initial forensic examinations on 26 bodies exhumed at a mass grave in southern Thailand find no signs of violent death.

101-year-old pulled from rubble

Collapsed buildings in the Thamel district.

A 101-year-old man has been pulled alive from the rubble of his house in Nepal, seven days after it collapsed in the deadly earthquake.

3 found alive after quake

Krishna Devi Khadka is carried on a stretcher after being rescued from a building that collapsed in Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Two women and a man have been rescued alive in north-eastern Nepal.

Executed Australian could have fled Indonesia

Australian Myuran Sukumaran sits in Denpasar court in Bali in this October 11, 2005 file photo.

Myuran Sukumaran was tipped off about the arrest of the four Bali nine mules and could have fled the country, but chose to return to a hotel where fellow Bali nine members were waiting in an attempt to save the two men.

Relief goods held up at customs

People take refuge in a open plaza as a young boy is in tears near Kathmandu's Durbar Square.

The United Nations said on Saturday, as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600.

Eight die in bus crash

Indian villagers sit in the back of a vehicle as they flee their homes fearing firing from the Pakistan side of the border at Banglad village in Samba sector, about 52 Kilometers from Jammu, India, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Pakistani and Indian border guards traded artillery fire along the disputed border region of Kashmir, killing two people and wounding eight, officials said Saturday. Both Pakistan and India blamed each other for starting the fire that began Friday night. In India, police officer Rajesh Kumar said Pakistani shelling in the Kathua sector killed a woman and wounded seven villagers.

Pakistani police say eight members of a wedding party died when furniture strapped to their bus struck a power line.

Nepal: Disease spread looming

Site in Kathmandu followig earthquake

A NZ microbiologist says the country now faces the possible spread of life-threatening diseases.

Thai mass grave found

Uncovered...Thai police find the bodies of 26 victims of a suspected human trafficking operation.

Police have exhumed 26 bodies at a mass grave near a suspected human trafficking camp.

5.7 quake off Japan

Japan’s Miyakojima and Yaeyama areas were placed on high alert with tsunami warnings after a 6.8-magnitude underwater earthquake struck off Taiwan’s coast.

An earth tremor of magnitude 5.7 struck 185 km south-southeast of Japan's Izu islands.

Nepal: After the devastation video

A woman and her child scramble away from collapsing buildings during a powerful aftershock.

A Fairfax reporter caught in the chaos of the earthquake tells his story.

Nepali man waits for news

Christchurch Nepali Bibek Bhandari has been on edge waiting for news from his best friend in Nepal since the earthquake on April 25.

Bibek Bhandari is starting every day hoping for news from his best friend in Kathmandu.

Dual Nepal rescues 'give us hope' video

The rescue of Pemba Tamang has buoyed the spirits of people in Kathmandu, who sorely need it.

When an officer climbing into the rubble asked if anyone was there, he was shocked to get a reply.

Stranded students winging their way home video

St Margaret's College pupils, seen here during their Langtang trek, are on their last flight before touching down in New Zealand from quake-stricken Nepal.

Christchurch schoolgirls caught up in the Nepal earthquake have arrived on home soil.

Path to the firing squad

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as they waited in a holding cell at a Denpasar court in Bali.

In 2006, Sukumaran and Chan became the first Australians sentenced to death in Indonesia.

Dramatic earthquake footage

A tourist in Bhaktapur, a short distance from Kathmandu, films the moment the devastating earthquake hits the city causing thousands of deaths and widespread damage.

Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment Nepal was struck by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

Kidnapped heiress speaks out

Law was released unharmed on Tuesday.

Burglars stumbled upon a heiress in a break-in then held her for $4m ransom.

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