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Yemeni rebels say Saudi-led airstrike on prison killed at least 82

A man is rescued early after Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a site in the contested city of Hodeida, Yemen.

The strike was part of a pounding aerial offensive that hours earlier knocked the Arab world's poorest country off the internet.

Omicron: Japan widens Covid restrictions as variant surges in cities

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street lined with bars and ...

While many Japanese adults are vaccinated, few have gotten a booster shot - which is vital for protection from the highly contagious variant.

Rare two-headed calf born in northeast India play stuff

This little calf was born in India with two heads, caused by a medical condition called polycephaly.

This little calf was born in India with two heads, caused by a medical condition called polycephaly.

Hong Kongers rush to adopt threatened hamsters play stuff

After Hong Kong ordered a mass cull of hamsters over Covid-19 fears, volunteers have been trying to intercept and save ...

After Hong Kong ordered a mass cull of hamsters over Covid-19 fears, volunteers have been trying to intercept and save hamsters being handed in.

Pakistan court sentences woman to death for blasphemy

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The woman was arrested in May 2020 after a man alerted police that she sent him caricatures of the Prophet — considered sacrilegious — via WhatsApp.

Facebook pressured to release India human rights assessment

Social media giant asked to release probe into hate speech and incitement to violence targeting religious minorities on ...

Social media giant asked to release probe into hate speech and incitement to violence targeting religious minorities on its platform in India.

Pentagon releases drone video of botched Kabul strike that killed 10 civilians

This image from video, released by the US Department of Defence, from video drone footage, shows a missile fired from a ...

The video revives questions about the Pentagon's initial insistence that it targeted an Islamic State terrorist despite almost instantaneous evidence that grave error had occurred.

Hong Kong to cull 2000 animals after hamsters get Covid-19

A pet shop is closed after some pet hamsters were, authorities said, tested positive for the coronavirus, in Hong Kong, ...

It comes as several hamsters tested positive for Covid-19 at a Hong Kong pet store where an infected employee was working.

Winter Olympics: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. (file photo)

Famed artist designed Beijing 2008's centrepeice stadium, and believes the 2022 winter sequel will be about money and power for the IOC and CCP.

Japan: Festivals are boldly taking art into the countryside

An installation at Kazusa-Murakami station in Chiba.

A cosmonaut sat for most of the winter on a platform at Kazusa-Murakami station in Chiba, a rural Japanese prefecture next to Tokyo.

Kiwi teacher caught in Viet Nam visa cancellations granted emergency MIQ spot video

Tamara Smith, pictured with her husband, is now back in New Zealand after being granted an emergency allocation slot in MIQ.

Tamara Smith was one of a handful of Kiwis given less than two weeks to leave Viet Nam after being told their visas, which had been extended due to Covid-19, would expire.

Beijing shopper's lone omicron case draws national attention ahead of Olympics

Beijing's first reported case of the Omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in the nation's capital, just ...

The first reported case of the Omicron variant has prompted stepped-up measures in Beijing, just weeks before it hosts the Winter Olympic Games.

The secret mini-submarines that played a crucial role in World War II

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A flotilla of Allied X-craft mini-submarines were deployed to the Pacific to cut underwater telephone cables and disrupt Japan’s communication.

Weakness in China's economy despite growth of 8.1 per cent in 2021

A worker in protective overalls near containers on a ship in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province, in November 2021.

An abrupt slump in China's economy at the end of the year sets the tone for what will come in 2022, forecasters say.

The Chinese pilot who spent 189 days in quarantine in 2021

Ma Jian has been named China Southern Airlines' "King of Quarantine".

China Southern Airlines thanks the “great sacrifice and dedication” of its crew.

The men paying to watch child sex abuse and those trying to stop it video

An advocate for survivors of sexual abuse asks why money transfer companies could stop their services being used to back ...

Martin Lawes paid up to $100,000 to livestream child sex abuse, while Aaron Hutton was willing to pay US$15,000 to buy a girl online. How can it be stopped?

Asia elections in 2022 to have flow-on effects in NZ

Simon Draper: “I had planned to make this article a ‘year in review’, but as I looked back on 2021, it seemed a bit of a ...

OPINION: If 2022 is the year when Covid will be felt at the ballot box, it will be felt in the economy too.

The NZ team saving children from sex abuse at home and overseas

A 2-year-old boy who was being sexually abused on camera was saved by members of Child Rescue. (Image altered by source)

A belt buckle, a brand of toilet paper and a light switch have helped a covert team of investigators track down paedophiles and rescue victims.

North Korea says it test launched missiles from train video

This photo provided on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, by the North Korean government shows a missile test from railway in ...

North Korea on Saturday said it test launched ballistic missiles from a train in what was seen as an apparent retaliation against fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration.

12 predictions for China in 2022 video

New Zealand’s trade with China is likely to grow, but not at the rapid rates of past years.

OPINION: From the US to Taiwan to the South Pacific, what does the coming year hold?

US hits North Korea with sanctions after missile test play stuff

The White House slapped down the first Biden-era sanctions over North Korea's weapons program on Wednesday.

The White House slapped down the first Biden-era sanctions over North Korea's weapons program on Wednesday.

Isuzu, Honda to test hydrogen-powered trucks on public roads video

Honda has teamed up with Isuzu to test hydrogen fuel-cell trucks on the roads in Japan later this year.

Isuzu and Honda have announced they will be testing hydrogen-powered trucks on public roads in Japan later this year.

China doubles down on zero-Covid strategy as Omicron spreads

A volunteer, at left, receives daily necessities on behalf of residents under home quarantine at the fence to a ...

China is battling multiple coronavirus outbreaks in half a dozen cities, just weeks before the Winter Olympics begin.

Japanese woman sues sperm donor for lying, gives up baby

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She discovered he had lied about his marital status, ethnicity, and education. At that point, she couldn’t have an abortion and ended up giving birth to the child.

Beijing Olympics: UK athletes warned not to take phones, spy danger

Workers wearing face masks to protect against coronavirus stand near a display of the Winter Paralympic mascot Shuey ...

Team GB have been warned against taking personal electronic devices to the Winter Games amid fears they could be spied on by the Chinese state.

Woman trapped at date's house by snap lockdown

A woman has been documenting her unexpected stay at a date's house after a city in China was placed under a partial ...

A woman in China who went to have dinner at her blind date's house is now stuck there after the city was sent into a Covid-19 lockdown. And she's sharing updates.

Over 80 ostriches escape Chinese farm and run through streets play stuff

Authorities in Chongzuo had to recapture a flock of ostriches after a farmer's pen was accidentally left unlocked.

Authorities in Chongzuo had to recapture a flock of ostriches after a farmer's pen was accidentally left unlocked.

Magawa, award-winning rat who detected land mines in Cambodia, dies in retirement

Cambodian landmine detection rat Magawa.

A land mine-detecting rat in Cambodia who received a prestigious award for his life-saving duty has died, the charity for which he had worked has announced.

Chinese city to re-test all 14 million residents after finding 97 Omicron cases

A worker wearing protective equipment at a temporary Covid-19 testing laboratory in China's Tianjin Municipality.

Stay at home orders issued for Tianjin residents until all test results are in.

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s appalling legacy

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte (file photo).

OPINION: Duterte has lead terribly and is responsible for bad governance, stagnation and many death. He will leave little of any use behind.

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