Asia Pacific

US opposed to Koreas' plan for no-fly zone over border

US and S Korea insist they are on the same page on dealing with N Korea but there are signs of disagreement.

US opposed to Koreas' plan for no-fly zone over border

Solomon Islands

Chinese demand fuels Solomon Islands mass deforestation

Global Witness investigation finds forests being felled at 19 times the sustainable rate; vast network of logging roads.

Chinese demand fuels Solomon Islands mass deforestation

Netherlands

'They give me food, a place to sleep': Netherlands' North Koreans

There are 91 North Koreans in the Netherlands but many are not accepted as refugees and fear deportation to South Korea.

'They give me food, a place to sleep': Netherlands' North Koreans

Witness

Old Marine Boy: Diving on the Border With North Korea

A North Korean defector lives a dangerous life as a compressor diver deep beneath the sea.

Thailand

Jailed Thai ex-monk gets further 16 years for raping teen girl

Wirapol Sukphol has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for abducting and raping a 13-year-old girl.

Jailed Thai ex-monk gets further 16 years for raping teen girl

Vietnam

Dissident Vietnamese blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released

Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known by her pen name "Mother Mushroom", has left Vietnam and is on way to the US.

Dissident Vietnamese blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released

Taiwan

Taiwan to hold mass independence rally in challenge to Beijing

Organisers aim to draw 100,000 people to large-scale protest calling for an outright independence vote from China.

Taiwan to hold mass independence rally in challenge to Beijing

Health

China fines vaccine maker $1.3bn after scandal

Changchun Changsheng Life Sciences Ltd is stripped of its licences for falsifying records.

China fines vaccine maker $1.3bn after scandal

Cambodia

Cambodia's high-rises, slavery and climate change

A legion of Cambodians are trapped as debt slaves in the brick-making industry as skylines and climate change expand.

Cambodia's high-rises, slavery and climate change

Malaysia

Malaysia's Mahathir: Uighurs freed because they did nothing wrong

Move is likely to strain ties with China, which have already been tested since Mahathir won a stunning election in May.

Malaysia's Mahathir: Uighurs freed because they did nothing wrong

Australia

Kangaroo attack in Australia nearly turns deadly

Couple attacked by young kangaroo as son saves their lives by hitting the animal with a piece of wood.

Kangaroo attack in Australia nearly turns deadly

Pope Francis

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

Legislator suggests pontiff wants to visit the isolated nation soon - the first time a pope will travel to North Korea.

Pope Francis reportedly visiting North Korea in coming months

Asia Pacific

Malaysia's Anwar wins seat in parliament

Landslide victory sets the stage for Anwar Ibrahim's eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim wins parliamentary by-election

Asia Pacific

Australia gives drought-stricken farms billion-dollar aid package

Australia's national and state governments are supporting drought-stricken communities by subsidising transport costs, offering low-interest loans and giving cash payments to farmers.

Indonesia

Twelve school children killed in Indonesia landslide

At least 27 people killed, including 12 pupils, as mud and debris hit North Sumatra province after heavy downpours.

Indonesia: Landslide kills school children in North Sumatra