Officials say the last words from the cockpit of a missing Malaysian airliner gave no hint of anything wrong even though key equipment wasn't operating.
Seoul (AFP) - North Korea test-fired 25 rockets into the sea on Sunday, South Korea's defence ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.
Chittagong (Bangladesh) (AFP) - Nepal marked their arrival on the international cricket stage with a massive 80-run win over fellow newcomers Hong Kong in a preliminary group match at the World Twenty20 Sunday.
Beijing (AFP) - China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said Sunday.
Taipei (AFP) - A Chinese fishing boat with nine crew aboard was escorted to Taiwan Sunday after an hours-long sea chase involving five coastguard vessels and a naval frigate, officials said.
Caracas (AFP) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged Washington on Saturday to join a "high-level commission" to promote peace after more than a month of deadly anti-government demonstrations.
Tokyo (AFP) - The ageing parents of a Japanese woman who was kidnapped and taken to North Korea as a schoolgirl and allegedly died there have met her daughter for the first time, Japan's foreign ministry said on Sunday.
US philanthropist Howard Buffett has announced a security program to protect rhinos covering one-third of the vast Kruger National Park.
The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was an "obsessive" supporter of the country's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, according to a UK report.
Washington (AFP) - The United States on Saturday offered condolences to the family of a Chinese activist who died while in detention and urged Beijing to respect human rights.
Canberra (AFP) - The ACT Brumbies ended the NSW Waratahs' winning start to the Super 15 season with a thrilling 28-23 victory in Canberra on Saturday.
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