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    Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport

    Heavy monsoon rains kill 44 people in southern India, close airport


    Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed more than 40 people in the past week, officials said on...

    Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed more than 40 people in the past week, officials said on Wednesday.
    Toddler survives three days alone on mountain in Japan

    Toddler survives three days alone on mountain in Japan


    A toddler missing for three days on a mountain in Japan has been found on a moss-covered rock in the middle of a...

    A toddler missing for three days on a mountain in Japan has been found on a moss-covered rock in the middle of a stream.
    The incredible story of the lawless enclave inside Hong Kong

    The incredible story of the lawless enclave inside Hong Kong


    In the Hong Kong suburb of Mong Kok, you'd be hard-pressed to spin on one foot without knocking someone sideways, such is the limitation on personal space in this densely populated urban...

    In the Hong Kong suburb of Mong Kok, you'd be hard-pressed to spin on one foot without knocking someone sideways, such is the limitation on personal space in this densely populated urban pocket.
    India has hired runners to reach remote voters during monsoon

    India has hired runners to reach remote voters during monsoon


    India has recruited 15 runners to ferry messages as far as 27 miles (43 kilometres) in remote mountainous areas after heavy monsoon rains cut...

    India has recruited 15 runners to ferry messages as far as 27 miles (43 kilometres) in remote mountainous areas after heavy monsoon rains cut telecommunications.
    The Australian activist stuck in limbo at Manila airport

    The Australian activist stuck in limbo at Manila airport


    An 84-year-old Australian human rights activist will spend a sixth night in Manilla's airport, where he's been since first being barred from entering the...

    An 84-year-old Australian human rights activist will spend a sixth night in Manilla's airport, where he's been since first being barred from entering the Philippines.
    Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, five dead

    Helicopter crashes in Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains, five dead


    A helicopter carrying climbers in Tajikistan crash-landed in the Central Asian nation's mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board, a Tajik official said on Monday (Tuesday NZ...

    A helicopter carrying climbers in Tajikistan crash-landed in the Central Asian nation's mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board, a Tajik official said on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time).
    China expels German student who researched rights lawyers

    China expels German student who researched rights lawyers


    A German man has learned the hard way that practising journalism in China, even for a class project, could lead to serious...

    A German man has learned the hard way that practising journalism in China, even for a class project, could lead to serious trouble.
    Mount Everest is a 'fecal time bomb.' Here's one man's idea for handling 14 tonnes of human waste.

    Mount Everest is a 'fecal time bomb.' Here's one man's idea for handling 14 tonnes of human waste.


    Every year, some 1200 people make a mad dash for the summit of Mount Everest during the climbing season that begins in May - taking on the arduous, often congested route to the world's highest peak that most will not complete and some will not...

    Every year, some 1200 people make a mad dash for the summit of Mount Everest during the climbing season that begins in May - taking on the arduous, often congested route to the world's highest peak that most will not complete and some will not survive.
    Quake lifts Indonesian island by 25cm

    Quake lifts Indonesian island by 25cm


    Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 300 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25...

    Scientists say the powerful Indonesian earthquake that killed more than 300 people lifted the island it struck by as much as 25 centimetres.
    'The chaos was so crazy': Kiwis describe disturbing scenes after Lombok quakes

    'The chaos was so crazy': Kiwis describe disturbing scenes after Lombok quakes


    A Hawke's Bay couple were knocked off their feet by the severity of the recent deadly earthquakes in Indonesia, but it was the ensuing chaos that shook them to their...

    A Hawke's Bay couple were knocked off their feet by the severity of the recent deadly earthquakes in Indonesia, but it was the ensuing chaos that shook them to their core. 
    Japan's royal wedding called off over in-laws' money trouble

    Japan's royal wedding called off over in-laws' money trouble


    The parents of Princess Mako of Japan have informed the mother of her commoner fiance that they will not permit the wedding to go ahead until a financial dispute within his family is...

    The parents of Princess Mako of Japan have informed the mother of her commoner fiance that they will not permit the wedding to go ahead until a financial dispute within his family is solved.
    Hamilton woman seriously ill in Bali as insurance declines cover

    Hamilton woman seriously ill in Bali as insurance declines cover


    Abby Hartley had just finished FaceTiming with her family on the first day of her Bali holiday when she was crippled...

    Abby Hartley had just finished FaceTiming with her family on the first day of her Bali holiday when she was crippled with pain. 
    Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220

    Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220


    The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week on Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped...

    The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week on Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300.
    Boys rescued from cave, once stateless, get Thailand citizenship

    Boys rescued from cave, once stateless, get Thailand citizenship


    Three young football players who were trapped with other team members for almost three weeks in a cave in northern Thailand were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday along with their 25-year-old...

    Three young football players who were trapped with other team members for almost three weeks in a cave in northern Thailand were granted Thai citizenship on Wednesday along with their 25-year-old coach.
    US cyclists on dream world tour killed in Islamic State-claimed attack

    US cyclists on dream world tour killed in Islamic State-claimed attack


    For Americans Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan it was meant to be the trip of a lifetime. The pair had quit their office jobs last year to bike around the...

    For Americans Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan it was meant to be the trip of a lifetime. The pair had quit their office jobs last year to bike around the world. 
    Tokyo Medical School confirms it cut women's test scores for years

    Tokyo Medical School confirms it cut women's test scores for years


    A leading medical university in Japan has confirmed it's been marking down tests from female applicants because they were considered more likely to leave the profession to marry and raise a...

    A leading medical university in Japan has confirmed it's been marking down tests from female applicants because they were considered more likely to leave the profession to marry and raise a family.