Kabul (Afghanistan) (AFP) - A gunman shot dead a Swedish-British journalist in central Kabul on Tuesday in an unexplained daylight murder that shocked the small international community living in a city on alert ahead of elections.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - Malaysian police said Tuesday one of two suspect passengers who flew on a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said their hopes for a miracle were ebbing away.
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.
Malaysian police say one of the people flying on the missing plane was an Iranian asylum seeker trying to get to Germany.
A man travelling on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet with a stolen passport has been identified and is believed to have no terror links.
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.
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