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Chinese government bans textbooks from promoting 'Western values'

Material that criticises the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is off-limits

A chinese man plays online games at an internet cafe in Beijing

China's great firewall gets higher: tools to evade surveillance and site bans are blocked as Chinese internet censors tighten grip

Virtual private networks or VPNs have been banned in the country — taking down the one remaining way for many Chinese citizens to access the western sites that are almost all banned in the country

The greatest mystery in aviation history remains unsolved

MH370 has been declared an accident – what are the consequences?

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Qantas passengers to be given virtual reality headsets to keep them entertained

Samsung Gear VR headsets will let passengers see films about new Qantas products as well as blockbuster films

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A construction worker died and two more were injured during pre-production

The megamouth was discovered in Pio Duran (pic: Bhing Guarin Espadero Saberola through Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines)

Rare megamouth shark washes up onshore in the Philippines

Discovery is one of only 60 sightings ever recorded

The jet is thought to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean

MH370: Nine things we will never know about the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines plane

Authorities declared the flight's disappearance an 'accident' today, but promised that the search would remain a 'top priority'

South Korean protesters carry a mock nuclear missile during an anti-North Korea rally to end North Korea's suspected development of nuclear weapons

North Korea 'may be trying to restart nuclear reactor', US think-tank warns

Satellite images appear to show signs of activity at the Yongbyon reactor

The jet is thought to have crashed in the Southern Indian Ocean

MH370: Malaysian government declares disappearance of jet an 'accident' and says everyone on board is 'dead'

Civil aviation chief breaks news with 'the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow'

AirAsia flight QZ8501: Co-pilot was flying doomed plane when it crashed into Java Sea

Indonesian investigators have confirmed captain Remi Plesel is believed to have been in charge from take-off until the cockpit voice recording

The mother of Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh at a demonstration in Amman, when the Jordanian government was urged to negotiate with Isis for the release of her son

Isis hostage crisis: You have until sunset to hand over prisoner or we kill your pilot, Isis tells Jordan

Arab state shifts usual hardline stance to negotiate giving jihadists a failed suicide bomber, as new audio message, purportedly from Japanese hostage, demands that exchange must take place by sunset on Thursday

Members of the National Search and Rescue Agency carry coffins containing bodies of the victims aboard AirAsia Flight 8501 to transfer to Surabaya at the airport in Pangkalan Bun

AirAsia QZ8501: Indonesian military withdraws from search and rescue for fuselage and bodies

Seventy bodies have been found so far out of 162

Mark Zuckerberg said connecting the world would require more new technology

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook censors images of the Prophet Mohamed in Turkey – two weeks after he declared 'Je Suis Charlie'

Facebook CEO said: 'We never let one country or group of people dictate what people can share across the world'

China's latest anti-smoking campaign could be the one that beats the habit

Forget plain-packaging: blackened lungs are more powerful

Isis Japanese hostage crisis: Kenji Goto's mother pleads with Shinzo Abe to save son after militants give 24 hours for prisoner swap

Prime Minister had earlier condemned threats as 'extremely despicable'

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