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Devastation: The scene in Tacloban in central Philippines after it was hit by Haiyan

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A Malaysian court ruled yesterday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

Vietnam holds state funeral for General Vo Nguyen Giap

150,000 people lined up to pay respects to the so-called 'Red Napoleon'

ASEAN summit: John Kerry presses China and neighbours on maritime issues at Brunei summit

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Brunei for meetings with top officials from China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbours, in which he will urge all countries to cool tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Vietnam General Vo Nguyen Giap dies aged 102

The celebrated Vietnamese general who oversaw key victories against France and America and effectively ended French colonial rule in the region has died aged 102.

Philippines hostage battle ends with all captives safe

A deadly three-week battle between government troops and Muslim rebels who held nearly 200 people hostage in the southern Philippines has ended with all of the captives safe, the country's defence secretary said.

Former Pc Gareth Gricks found dead on day he faced child sex charges

A former police officer has been found dead on the day he was due to be charged with a series of serious sexual offences.

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A beach on the island of Koh Phangan off the coast of Koh Samui

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The idyllic beaches have long attracted Brits but a growing number find themselves living rough, with drink problems and expired visas. Stephen Finch and Jamie Merrill report

Global 'match-fixing ring-leader’ Dan Tan arrested in Singapore

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Government troopers in Zamboanga after the fight with Muslim rebels

Muslim guerrillas killed as Filipino army assault frees scores of hostages

Insurgents demanding money for neglected Islamic regions

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