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Around 100 protesters were arrested as police deployed water cannons and pepper spray on the crowds

Kim Jong Un 'scales' highest North Korea mountain to honour his dead father

Kim said he was more energised than nuclear weapons after the ascent

Human cost: Dhaka’s Rana Plaza factory collapse in 2013, killing 1,138 people

Bangladeshi factory collapse: Clothing companies fail to pay into Rana Plaza fund that provides compensation for victims of 2013 disaster

Two years on, around one-third of the 32 firms that campaigners claim have links to the complex have yet to pay out

A protest in Kuala Lumpur in 2008 over the Batang Kali killings

Batang Kali killings: Britain in the dock over 1948 massacre in Malaysia

Victims' relatives take patrol's killing of 24 civilians to Supreme Court

Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Japan's population is projected to fall dramatically in the next 50 years (Wikimedia)

Japan's population falls for the fourth straight year — to its lowest point since 2000

Government statistics show a decline of about a million people from the country's peak in 2008

The Buffalo chasing the primary school pupils across the playground

Rampaging buffalo chases students around playground after breaking into school - video

The owner said the buffalo escaped after it had become frightened by the honking of car horns nearby

Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for seven years for leaking a Communist Party document about crackdown on press freedom

Government document also criticised notions of human rights

The Dalai Lama, 79, says the next tulku could be female

Will the Dalai Lama be reincarnated? Only he can decide, claims senior Tibetan monk

The Karmapa Lama, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, responds to claims by the Chinese government that the Nobel Peace Prize winner was certain to be reborn

Pitt and Jolie bought the 1,200 acre Château Miraval in 2008 for $55 million and the estate played host to their secret wedding in August 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wine being copied by Chinese counterfeiters

The Perrin family, who joined forces with the Hollywood couple to produce their Miraval Rosé, found evidence of faked bottles being advertised in China

F-15 jets fly during the military review at the Ground Self-Defence Force's Asaka training ground on October 27, 2013

Japanese military jets scrambled at a level not seen since the Cold War in response to Russian and Chinese activity

Jets were scrambled 943 during the 12 months leading to 31 March – only one less than the record set in 1984, the country's Defence Ministry has said

Pastor Francis Bashir praying for Ukip (Ruptly)

Christians in Pakistan pray for Nigel Farage and Ukip to win general election - video

Pastor Francis Bashir says Ukip are the only party that stand up for Christians and the Commonwealth

Asiana Airlines plane skids off runway at Hiroshima airport

23 passengers injured after jet veers off runway

Image taken by excavation team shows skeletons discovered in an ancient cemetery in Rakhigarhi village of Hisar, India

Ancient skeletons found in India provide new insight into mindset of world's earliest humans

Forensic experts from South Korea will now attempt to reconstruct the ancient people’s DNA

Buddhist monk prays for the victims of the ‘Sewol’ disaster at a port in Jindo, close to where the ferry sank a year ago

South Korea ferry disaster: Victims' families express outrage at government's failure to conduct full inquiry and recover bodies

It is one year since the country's worst marine disaster claimed 304, mainly young, lives - and frustrated relatives are in no mood for a quiet memorial

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