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China has been building artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea. File photo

Beijing warns US: 'We will fight back' as battle of words escalates over South China Sea

China reveals ‘active defence’ military strategy after US flies surveillance jet over disputed territory

Afghan policemen arrive near the site of an attack in Kabul

Gunfire and explosions rock Kabul suburb as firefight breaks out between Afghan police and insurgents

Interior Minister says two attackers were killed and that authorities do not know how many were involved in the assault

An extremely dangerous conflict is brewing between the US and China in a tiny archipelago in the South China Sea

Where lies the greatest potential for disaster in this ever more disordered world? In Russia’s efforts to rebuild its former empire? In the chaos of the Middle East, or the chronic instability of a nuclear-armed Pakistan? Conceivably, none of the above. A case can be made that the biggest danger is represented by a semi-submerged archipelago in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, object of a confrontation between China and the US and America’s regional allies that without wisdom and restraint could escalate beyond control.

Hashima Island, also known as Battleship Island, is among the seven sites where Korea says 60,000 Koreans were forced to work for no pay

Korea objects to heritage status for Japan’s World War II ‘slave labour’ sites

Japan is seeking mines, shipyards and factories from the war to be listed as Unesco world heritage sites

A forensic team exhumes human remains in Perlis, northern Malaysia

Malaysian police search for trafficking victims in shallow jungle graves

The area is a major stop-off point for smugglers bringing mostly Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution

Nepalese laborers work at a brick factory in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Child victims of Nepal earthquake sold to factories and brothels by human traffickers

'We have rescued 26 children from the clutches of human traffickers in the past 20 days'

Chinese man set new world record after covering himself with 1.1 million bees

Gao Bingguo was overjoyed at claiming a record: 'What a buzz'

Rohingya migrants queue for food at a temporary shelter in Bayeun, Aceh province, in Indonesia

Malaysia mass graves: Is the Burmese Rohingya minority being trafficked by force?

Suspicions about ethnic cleansing have arisen after the kidnappings and disappearances of Rohingya people

People gather for the unveiling of a monument to President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

Turkmenistan unveils huge marble and gold statue of its autocratic president, former dentist Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov

Mr Berdymukhamedov boasts the titles 'Patron' and 'National Horse Breeder'

US warned by Chinese media to stop meddling or 'war will be inevitable'

Chinese state media has warned the US to stay out of territorial disputes in the South China Sea

Malaysia mass grave victims showed signs of torture, police say

Authorities say they do not know how many people are in the graves

Malaysia migrant graves reveal 139 human skeletons at site where Rohingya Muslims 'kept by traffickers'

Authorities say bodies have been found where Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burma were known to be held

Mr Li increased his short position in the company by 796 million shares

How China's richest man Li Hejun lost $15bn in an hour - and made a fortune

It was the remarkable story of how China's richest man lost $15bn in a single hour.

Indian rickshaw pullers sleeping during a heatwave in Delhi on 21 May

India heatwave kills more than 750 people as temperatures near 50C

Delhi and Allahabad are among the cities being hit by extreme temperatures

The US activist Gloria Steinem, centre, leads the WomenCrossDMZ marchers

Meet the woman who led a march for peace across Korea's field strewn with a million land mines

The veteran US feminist called it a ‘triumph’, but as Donald Kirk reports from Dorasan Station on the South Korean side, Sunday’s peace march was diminished in scope by the same forces that have faced off across the border since 1953

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