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South Korean and US fighter jets flying over South Korea in a show of force against North Korean threats of provocation

North Korea: Top US military officer says America is 'committed to defending South Korea'

US-based experts say recent incidents between North and South Korea are the most serious since Kim Jong-un came to power four years ago

Typhoon Goni: 15 dead and 5,000 forced to flee homes after northern Philippines hit by floods and landslides

Landslides have killed eight people so far, while others have been swept away by floods or pinned to death by falling debris

US and South Korean fighter jets fly over the Korean Peninsula on 22 August

North Korea and South Korea to hold talks at Panmunjom truce village amid mounting tensions

The meeting would come 30 minutes after a deadline for South Korea to dismantle loudspeakers broadcasting anti-North Korean propaganda

An aerial picture shows smoke rising from the debris among shipping containers at the site of the explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin, China

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Last week’s disaster in Tianjin was the latest consequence of a system that places personal profit before public safety. Ben Chu exposes Xi Jinping’s flawed corruption crusade

Singapore's central bank has apologised for misspelling the name of the city-state's first president on the packaging of a special currency issue marking the country's 50th year of independence.

Singapore misspells name of leader on commemorative $50 note packaging

The city-state is celebrating its golden jubilee

South Korean activists burn effigies of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un with flag in Seoul

North Korea steps up tensions with South Korea as it declares 'semi-state of war'

Pyongyang orders troops on to war footing to counter 'southern propaganda'

Sumatran rhinos have not been seen in the wild since 2007

The Sumatran rhino is now extinct in Malaysia, scientists say

Researchers say poaching and habitat loss have caused the rhino's decline

Officials say children’s growth is being stunted by continuous exposure to faecal bacteria

India's trouble with toilets: Government sanitation drives fail to sway those who believe going outdoors is more wholesome

In rural India, a strong cultural resistance to the build-up and disposal of excrement is also leading to rejection of new latrines

Tech firms in China have reportedly hired female

Tech firms in China hire 'pretty' female cheerleaders to 'motivate' male programmers

A tech firm described programmers as "terrible at socialising"

Thousands of dead fish wash up in river less than four miles from site of Tianjin explosion

The fish coincide with warnings that cyanide levels in the waters around Tianjin port have risen to 277 times more than acceptable levels

Rabbits in a cafe near the blast site

Tianjin chemical explosion: Chinese authorities use caged rabbits to test living conditions near blast's epicentre

Explosion killed 116 last week with fears of chemical contamination lingering

This picture from December 2014 shows a Vietnamese fishing boat in flames after Indonesian Navy officers blew up the vessel due to illegal fishing activities

Indonesia sinks 34 of its neighbours' boats to celebrate its Independence Day

The boats were scuttled after being seized for illegal fishing

The solar field at Cochin International Airport

Indian airport becomes world's first to run entirely on solar energy

Cochin International Airport runs from a field of 46,000 panels

Kim speaks to North Korea generals following an escalation of tension along the DMZ
Glasses of beer at a restaurant promotion in Taipei, Taiwan

Around half of Taiwan's population lack a gene required for metabolising alcohol

The ALDH2 gene enables the body to properly metabolise alcohol

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