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16:50, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
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11:48, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
Russia-China new gas pipeline draws near

New proposed gas pipeline between Russia and China would help Russia ease impact from western sanctions and China with cheaper gas.

11:39, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
Rights group urges Europe to press Thai leader on rights

Prayuth, the army chief who ousted an elected government in a May 22 coup and is now prime minister, will attend an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan

11:27, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
NASA photos reveal extent of Aral Sea disaster

Today, the Aral Sea has shrunk by 90 percent, making way for Aralkum, the youngest desert of the world.

10:54, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
Recovery of Japan volcano victims suspended

Twelve bodies have been recovered from the 3,067-metre (10,062 feet) peak but at least 36 are feared to have died, with recovery hampered by high levels of toxic gas and ash

10:18, 30 September 2014 Tuesday
Hong Kong protesters prepare for long haul

Protesters set up supply stations with water bottles, fruit, crackers, disposable raincoats, towels, goggles, face masks and tents, indicating they were in for the long haul.

16:21, 29 September 2014 Monday
Hong Kong's protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

Organised, determined and idealistic, they pose a major challenge to mainland China as they demand it gives them the freedom to nominate election candidates

14:42, 29 September 2014 Monday
ISIL 'emerges' in southern Afghanistan

After breaking off from Al Qaeda, the ISIL gained swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, claiming a major victory in Iraq's Mosul in early June and breaking across the Sykes-Picot border.

14:16, 29 September 2014 Monday
U S envoy says North Korea rejects talks on prisoners

U.S. special representative said Pyongyang's refusal to discuss the issue was a sign that it "doesn't have an interest in coming back into the international system as a responsible country".

13:59, 29 September 2014 Monday
U S may keep secret prisoners in custody after Afghan

In the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, "suspected militants" were abducted and held in secret prisons worldwide without charge or evidence.

12:34, 29 September 2014 Monday
Bangladesh arrests Briton for suspected ISIL recruitment

The man told police he had joined the Nusra Front in Syria in September 2013 and fought with the group until last December.

12:26, 29 September 2014 Monday
Myanmar and Sri Lankan Buddhists gang against Muslims

Myanmar's hard-line Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, known for his anti-Muslim stance, says his movement will join hands with a like-minded Sri Lankan group

11:09, 29 September 2014 Monday
Hong Kong protesters still throng heart of city to renew

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton-charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub in one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago

10:49, 29 September 2014 Monday
Philippines U S begin military exercises near disputed seas

Nearly 5,000 U.S. and Filipino troops will participate in the 11-day annual exercise, to be held in the Philippines' western island of Palawan

10:28, 29 September 2014 Monday
Afghanistan swears in new leader Taliban talks on agenda

The inauguration marks the end of an era with the departure of President Hamid Karzai, the only leader Afghans have known since a U.S.-led invasion in 2001

10:16, 29 September 2014 Monday
36 feared dead on Japanese volcano search called off

Video footage on the internet showed huge grey clouds boiling towards climbers at the peak and people scrambling to descend as blackness enveloped them.

09:43, 29 September 2014 Monday
India arrests 140 for religious clashes in Gujarat -UPDATED

The Hindustan Times newspaper reported this week that the trouble in Vadodara started with a posting on Facebook that some Muslims deemed offensive.

09:17, 29 September 2014 Monday
Pakistani opposition keeps up pressure on PM to resign

Khan organised a major rally in Lahore, Sharif's political base, saying protests would continue around the country until the government quits

17:35, 28 September 2014 Sunday
Eight killed in Pakistan camp bombing

Medics fear death toll could rise after blast at displaced persons camp in Hangu



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