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An image of the Ashutosh Maharaj stands outside the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in Nurmahal on the outskirts of Jalandhar

Is Guru Ashutosh Maharaj dead or just meditating? Indian holy man with a £100m legacy

His chauffeur says he was poisoned. His son wants him cremated. But many of his followers say he isn’t even dead. Andrew Buncombe reports on the unholy battle for the estate of a very rich holy man

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has confirmed that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 is not in the search zone where acoustic pings were detected

MH370: Missing Malaysia Airlines flight sea bed search will shift hundreds of miles south

Teams have returned to existing satellite data to map out a new search area

A dog waits to be sold for meat in a market in Yulin

Chinese city holds dog-meat summer solstice feast early to avoid animal rights protests

WARNING: Contains images some readers may find disturbing

An Iraqi man with a boy inspects the scene of a car bomb attack in Sadr city

Iraq crisis: First major test for PM Narendra Modi as 40 Indian workers are seized in Mosul

There are also concerns for 46 nurses stranded in the city of Tikrit

Publishers fear a ban on owning child pornography will hit the manga industry

Manga and anime industries to be exempt from Japan's new law banning images of child abuse

At least 600 children a year fall victim to paedophile directors and photographers

Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has said that his country will not experience an al-Qa'ida comeback like Iraq

'Iraq's woes will not happen in Afghanistan' says President Hamid Karzai

The outgoing leader says al-Qa'ida has no presence or hold in the country

The North Korean paper confirmed that Kim Jong-un called for the North Korean Navy Unit 167 soldiers to devote their wisdom and enthusiasm to rounding off the combat preparations

North Korea: Kim Jong-un's latest propaganda video reveals 'Russian cruise missile'

A 50-minute video shown on state television appears to show a North Korean ship as it launches a cruise missile

Dozens feared drowned after Indonesia migrant boat sinks off coast of Malaysia

Official says the boat was not fit for a sea journey and that it contained a large number of women and children

A Sri Lankan Muslim man inspects the charred remains of a bag tailoring unit following attacks by hard-line Buddhist group Bodu Bala Sena in Aluthgama

Sri Lanka riots: US condemns anti-Muslim violence after three died and almost 100 injured

The US has condemned anti-Muslim violence that took place in Sri Lanka over the weekend, after extremist Buddhists killed three people and injured over 75 others.

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seen making a speech on a television set as a waiter takes an order at a Thai restaurant in Bangkok on 30 May 2014. The European Union voiced 'extreme concern' about political detentions and censorship in Thailand, as the military junta chief met officials and began to set out plans for the country's future

Leading telecoms firm apologises to Thai junta after Facebook 'blocked'

One of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications firms has issued an unusual apology to Thailand’s junta after an executive claimed the company had been ordered by the military authorities to block access to social media.

Kim Jong-un touring an apartment construction site in Pyongyang

North Korea: Kim Jong-un's number two Kim Yong-nam wishes Queen happy birthday

Analysts believe the reclusive nation could be looking to make new friends

Investigators have yet to explore the

MH370: Most likely crash site yet to be explored after 101 days, satellite firm Inmarsat says

The British company analysed its data and located what it says is the "most likely" crash site, which is yet to be explored

David Cameron with the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, who will visit the UK this week

Li Keqiang visit to Britain: China needs us as much as we need them

The visit of the Chinese Premier will be of mutual benefit, despite claims Britain is a second-tier European nation

Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force personnel patrol deserted roads following sectarian violence in Aluthgama, 60 kilometers south of Colombo

Three killed in communal violence in southern Sri Lanka

The number of attacks on Muslims has increased in recent years, some of them by hardline Buddhists

This screen grab taken from China Central Television shows the prisoners upon their arrival at the Intermediate People's Court in the Xinjiang capital, Urumqi

China executes ‘terrorists’ in Muslim province of Xinjiang

China executed 13 people today for “terrorist attacks” in the far western region of Xinjiang, state media said, while a further three were sentenced to death for staging a lethal attack in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

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