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  1. Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

    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.

  2. Canberra 'must share asylum-seeker burden'

    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.

  3. India goes to polls in biggest voting day

    India goes to polls in biggest voting day

    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.

  4. Moscow, Kiev to hold talks, Ukraine troops kill 3 assailants

    Moscow, Kiev to hold talks, Ukraine troops kill 3 assailants

    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.

  5. Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

    Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash

    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.

  6. Fury at bungled ferry evacuation

    Fury at bungled ferry evacuation

    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.

  7. William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires

    William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires

    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.

  8. Malaysian MP and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

    Malaysian MP and lawyer Karpal Singh dies

    Malaysian opposition MP and eminent lawyer Karpal Singh, who once defended Australian Kevin Barlow on drug charges, has been killed in a road accident.

  9. Mental health problems plague Indonesian election hopefuls

    Mental health problems plague Indonesian election hopefuls

    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.

  10. China jails blogger in online 'rumour' crackdown

    China jails blogger in online 'rumour' crackdown

    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.

  11. Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report

    Weibo IPO below expectations, raises $285.6 mn: report

    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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