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In March, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to cease its whaling in the Antarctic

Japan kills 30 minke whales in first hunt since ICJ ruling

Japan's Fishery Agency says 30 whales were killed off the country's northern coast

The Taliban have intensified attacks ahead of the vote and warned people to stay away from the polls, but only minor violence was reported by midday

Afghans line up to vote in presidential runoff election to decide Hamid Karzai's replacement

Amid tight security, Afghans lined up on Saturday to vote in a presidential runoff between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption as they confront a powerful Taliban insurgency and preside over the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.

A ban on burials kicked in at the beginning of June in Anhui province

Burial ban blamed for spike in China suicide rates

Burial has been a tradition in China for thousands of years. But some people apparently have felt so strongly about the recent change banning the practice that there have been a spate of alleged suicides to avoid the new rule.

Aung San Suu Kyi gestures on her arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu on 13 June 13 2014 for a four-day official visit to Nepal

Aung San Suu Kyi's presidential ambitions dim as constitution change blocked in Burma

Committee keeps six-year-old clause blocking anyone who has been married to a foreigner or has children of foreign citizenship

The families of the passengers on missing flight MH370 have begun receiving initial compensation payments

MH370: Families start receiving initial $50,000 compensation payments

Relatives of the missing Malaysian Airlines passengers have also started a crowdfunding campaign for "truth"

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Chinese government reminds Hong Kong 'who's the real boss' with white paper spelling out its interpretation of the region's 'one country, two systems' model

Beijing regime says it will only pick ‘patriotic’ officials to run former British colony

Sombat Boonngamanong gestures as he arrives at the Martial Court in Bangkok

Prominent Thai activist Sombat Boonngamonanong could face up to 14 years in jail for inciting unrest and disobeying the junta

More than 300 activists, politicians and journalists were detained as military seized power in May

An elephant walks near Thai students at a school in Thailand's Ayutthaya province. A soccer match between the elephants and some students was held as part of a campaign to promote the 2014 World Cup and also to discourage gambling during the competition

World Cup 2014: Thailand's military junta promises every match will be screened for free

Thai junta has launched a "happiness" campaign to win public support after last month's military coup

Indian activists from the Social Unity Center of India (SUCI) shout slogans against the state government in protest against the gang rape and murder of two girls in the district of Badaun in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and recent rapes in the eastern state of West Bengal, in Kolkata

India women deaths: Two more found hanging in Uttar Pradesh

Police said one had been raped and tests were being conducted on the other

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the Hydro-meteorological Service in Pyongyang, North Korea

Kim Jong-un gets angry at weather forecasters for getting their predictions wrong

The truculent tyrant issued 'field guidance' to staff at North Korea's national hydro-meteorological service this week

Police officers make arrests at the church in Anseong, South Korea

South Korea ferry disaster: Police raid church compound in hunt for alleged owner

Thousands of South Korean police officers have stormed a church compound in their hunt for the billionaire businessman they believe owns the ferry that sank in April, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing.

Greenpeace activists drape the headquarters of India's Essar Group with a giant banner during a protest in Mumbai earlier this year

Green activists dismiss claims they're damaging India's economy

Environmental campaigners have hit back at a leaked intelligence agency report that claimed their activities were undermining India’s economic development and holding back growth by up to three per cent a year. The report highlighted the role of Greenpeace and called it “a threat to national economic security”.

Pakistan rangers take part in a search operation after the firing incident at Karachi airport

Karachi airport attacks: Second assault in two days raises serious security questions

Barely a day after militants laid siege to Karachi airport in an attack that left more than 35 people dead, gunmen launched a new assault on the facility in an assault that raised fresh questions about the country’s ability to confront the Taliban

Lee Joon-seok, captain of sunken ferry Sewol, arrives at a court in Gwangju

South Korea ferry disaster: Shouts of 'murderer' in court as Sewol captain and crew go on trial

More than 300 people, most of them children, died in the disaster

Pakistani Rangers keep watch at the fire-damaged premises of a cold-storage cargo facility at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi on 10 June 2014, following the 9 June attack by militants

Karachi airport attacks: Security forces under fresh assault as 'terrorist hideouts' struck

Security forces at Karachi airport have come under fresh attack, a day after militants launched an audacious assault on the facility that left at least 36 people dead. The latest attack came as Pakistan’s interior minister was briefing parliament about Monday's assault.

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