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Newspaper column scrapped amid democracy row

A well-respected Hong Kong newspaper has axed a weekly column by a political activist and hedge fund manager as the Asian financial centre braces for a wave of protests against China's decision to rule out full democracy.

UN to investigate IS crimes in Iraq

UN to investigate IS crimes in Iraq

The United Nations has agreed to send investigators to Iraq to examine crimes being committed by Islamic State militants on "an unimaginable scale", with a view to holding perpetrators to account.

Afghan talks on unity government collapse

Afghan talks on unity government collapse

Talks on a power-sharing deal between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have collapsed, a top leader said, rekindling fears of ethnic unrest over disputed election results.

Pakistani soldiers clash with protesters

Pakistani soldiers clash with protesters

Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces have secured the state television headquarters in Islamabad after a crowd of anti-government protesters stormed the building and took the channel off the air.

Putin's 'statehood' gambit raises stakes in east Ukraine

Putin's 'statehood' gambit raises stakes in east Ukraine

A shift in President Vladimir Putin's language on the conflict in eastern Ukraine reflects a transformation in the situation on the battlefield and sounds a warning to Kiev to negotiate sooner rather than later.

Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

Three US citizens detained in North Korea have spoken to CNN, with one pleading with the United States for help and another describing his situation as "urgent".

Smog, tantrums, pregnancy - all covered in China

Smog, tantrums, pregnancy - all covered in China

Your child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out "naughty child insurance". Similarly, buy cover against your bride becoming pregnant before the honeymoon, your team being knocked out of the soccer World Cup, burning your tongue eating hotpot or if smog ruins your holiday.

Separatists hit Ukrainian vessel in first naval attack

Separatist rebels attacked a Ukrainian naval vessel in the Azov Sea by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way.

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