Seoul (AFP) - Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.
Australia and Indonesia will meet on the sidelines of a workshop on the protection of asylum seekers, with Jakarta saying Canberra must share the burden.
New Delhi (AFP) - India hosts its biggest day of voting Thursday in its marathon election, with the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty battling to save the ruling Congress party from defeat to opposition Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi.
Geneva (AFP) - Russia and Ukraine sit down for high-stakes talks in Geneva on Thursday, as Interior Minister Arsen Avakov says Ukrainian troops killed three people and wounded 13 while repelling an overnight attack on their base.
Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in a road accident on Thursday, police said.
National shock at a ferry disaster that may have claimed the lives of hundreds of South Korean schoolchildren is mixed with fury at growing evidence that many passengers were denied a proper chance to escape the sinking vessel.
Winmalee (Australia) (AFP) - Survivors of last year's devastating Australian bushfires met with Prince William and his wife Kate on Thursday as the royal couple visited the Blue Mountains.
Malaysian opposition MP and eminent lawyer Karpal Singh, who once defended Australian Kevin Barlow on drug charges, has been killed in a road accident.
Jakarta (AFP) - His body shaking violently, Sofyan screamed loudly as a traditional healer sought to calm the Indonesian election candidate, one of a growing number seeking treatment for mental health problems after polls last week.
Beijing (AFP) - A Chinese court jailed a blogger for three years on Thursday, state media reported, the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called Internet rumours.
Beijing (AFP) - Sina Weibo has sold fewer shares than expected in its US IPO which has been priced below expectations, a report said Thursday, ahead of its listing which takes place after selloffs on Wall Street.
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