Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul on Tuesday, officials told AFP, a rare daylight murder of an expatriate in a city often hit by Taliban suicide attacks.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been forced to respond to suggestions by the BBC that Australia's asylum seeker policy is uncivilised.
MalÃ© (Maldives) (AFP) - The United States led international criticism of the Maldives on Tuesday after the island nation's top court sacked its election commissioner two weeks before polls, questioning its commitment to democracy.
Hong Kong (AFP) - A Chinese woman chopped off her former boyfriend's penis with scissors and then killed him with a hammer after he raped her, a Hong Kong court heard, according to a report Tuesday.
Namie (Japan) (AFP) - Japan observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked the nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.
Sydney (AFP) - The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed Tuesday, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change.
A tagged great white shark named Lydia on Sunday became the first known white shark to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.
Tokyo (AFP) - A co-author of a Japanese study that promised a revolutionary way to create stem cells has called for the headline-grabbing research to be retracted over claims its data was faulty.
The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet has widened as the families of the flight's passengers express their growing frustration.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea confirmed Tuesday a near-perfect turnout for its parliamentary "election" in which single candidates -- approved by the political elite -- stood uncontested in 687 constituencies across the country.
Hangzhou (China) (AFP) - The handful of poultry dealers lingering at Chengbei Market have had little to do since Chinese authorities shut down their livelihoods after H7N9 bird flu began stalking the country again, killing scores of people this year.
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