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South Korea fire: Four killed and 100 injured in apartment building in town north of Seoul

The fire began this morning in the town of Uijeongbu, north of Seoul

AirAsia crash: Plane tail raised from sea bed prior to inspecting it for black box recorders

The tail of the plane will be searched for the recorders to analyse flight data

Trading justice for money: Prisoners on Pakistan's death row can pay off their victims' families in exchange for freedom

Introduced in 1990, the Qisas and Diyat Ordinances enshrined in law the practice of blood money. This includes the right for the victim's next of kin to pardon those on death row 'for the sake of God' and for financial compensation in lieu of eye-for-an-eye punishment

A portrait of Genghis Khan on his deathbed surrounded by his four sons

How satellite imagery may finally uncover the tomb of Genghis Khan

The blood-thirsty warlord decreed nobody was ever to know where he was buried. True to his word, the location, somewhere in the vast terrain of modern Mongolia, has remained secret for 800 years. Until now, it seems

Former ally defeats Sri Lankan president

The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, lost his bid for a third term yesterday, ending a decade of rule that critics say had become increasingly authoritarian and marred by nepotism and corruption.

Sri Lanka's newly-elected president Maithripala Sirisena leaves after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo

Sri Lanka election: Outsider candidate Maithripala Sirisena sworn in after storming to victory in huge upset

The former health minister defeated incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa who had been president since 2005

Ride-hailing apps will be required to make sure no unlicensed drivers use them

Uber-style apps banned for private cars in China in crackdown on unlicensed cabs

The Ministry of Transport has barred private vehicle companies from offering their services via apps

Indonesia search and rescue teams hunting for the wreck of an AirAsia passenger jet have detected pings

AirAsia QZ8501 crash: Search teams detect 'pings' from plane's black box location beacon signal

The battery-powered black box beacon has been separated from the plane's tail section, officials say

People formed long lines to vote in Colombo, where security was high, and turnout was good in Tamil-dominated areas where voting had been poor in previous elections

Sri Lanka election: Day of reckoning for a once untouchable president who could suffer an unexpected and humiliating defeat

Mahinda Rajapaksa called the poll two years early, confident of an easy win. But he faces losing power to his former ally, Maithripala Sirisena, who has tapped into discontent over cronyism and costly vanity projects

No crime here: The Indian village with no front doors or locks

A small Indian village contains no front doors or locks as residents believe they are protected by the Hindu deity Shani

The man was stuck for nearly an hour before rescue workers pulled him out of the mud

Video: Emergency services in China save the life of man stuck in thick mud

Reports say that the man was taken to hospital but did not receive any serious injuries

Indonesians hold candles during a vigil for the victims of the crashed AirAsia airplane in Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

AirAsia crash: Search for black box recorders from found plane tail disrupted by bad weather

The black box recorders would hold clues to what brought down the plane

The tiger was eventually tranquilized by forest officials

Video: Tiger rescued after being trapped in fence bordering Indian village

Officials said that the tiger was trapped for nearly 5 hours

An Indonesian woman cries as she holds a candle during a vigil for the victims in Surabaya

AirAsia crash: Victims’ families to get £66,000 compensation

Some families had initially refused a lower amount

PlayStation 4: Sony calls off Chinese release plan for console

No new release date has been set

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