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Suspects coated hands with poison: police
The two women accused of killing Kim Jong Nam were trained to coat their hands with chemicals and rub them on his face, according to Malaysian police.


China reports more severe form of bird flu
Chinese state radio says the government is assessing a new strain of bird flu after testing samples taken from two infected humans.


Blast kills 3, wounds 19 in Afghanistan
Three people have been killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province.


Indonesia orders sex-education book recall
Indonesia has ordered a publisher to withdraw a sex-education book for children because it's too vulgar.


Taiwan battles bird flu outbreaks
Taiwan is stepping up efforts to battle bird flu outbreaks through various measures.


N Korean diplomat sought over Kim killing
Malaysian police say they are seeking a senior official at the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam.


Former HK leader jailed for misconduct
Donald Tsang, a former leader of Hong Kong, has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for misconduct in public office.


Major Afghan cement contract cancelled
The Afghan government cancels a major contract with the Ghori factory, highlighting the unpredictability of investing in a sector that's crucial to the economy.


Mining threat unites Indian villages
Tribal groups in India's Maharashtra state gather at an ancient shrine before harvest each year to give thanks and celebrate their sacred land.


Mixed reaction to Philippine mine closures
The ordered closure of more than half of the mines in the Philippines has led to massive job cuts - and suicides.


Prosecutors call for eight-year sentences
Lawyers for Australian woman Sara Connor have described calls by Bali prosecutors to have her jailed for eight years as "extraordinary".


Bombers kill five in Pakistan court attack
At least five people have been killed after suicide bombers tried to storm a courthouse in north-west Pakistan, police say.


Malaysia yet to establish what killed Kim
Malaysia says the cause of Kim Jong Nam's death remains unknown.


Eight years sought for Bali cop death
Prosecutors have called on a Bali court to jail Australian woman Sara Connor and her British boyfriend for eight years.


ASEAN unsettled by tension in S China Sea
Foreign Ministers of the Association of South East Asian Nations have urged restraint and called for dialogue to ease tensions over the South China Sea.


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