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Asian shares mixed at close
Asian markets have ended mixed following another Wall Street rally, while a report showed a slight improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity.


Plibersek eyes better ties with Indonesia
Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek has conveyed goodwill towards Indonesia in her first visit to Jakarta.


Sherpas leave Everest, firms cancel climbs
Sherpas have begun leaving Mount Everest, after the death of 16 of their colleagues, as some international firms cancelled their expeditions.


Morrison dismisses UN concerns
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has rejected claims from the UN that the Abbott government's boat turn-back policy is breaching the refugee convention.


Cries of anguish as ferry toll hits 135
Cries of anguish can be heard as rescuers recover more bodies from the capsized South Korean ferry.


Indonesia militant calls for attacks
Indonesia's most wanted Islamist militant, Santoso, has urged followers to kill counter-terror police and show no mercy.


US watching N. Korea for nuclear test
The US is closely watching North Korea after the South Korean defence ministry cited increased activity at the country's main nuclear test site.


Bangladesh factory victims get fund payout
Victims of last year's Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh have each been given payments of about $A690 from a compensation fund.


Asia-Pacific navies sign agreement
Navy officials from the US and Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement to improve communication at sea to reduce the possibility of conflict.


Everest sherpas pack it in for season
Nepalese guides on Everest say they are abandoning this year's climbing season to honour colleagues killed in an avalanche.


Asian shares mixed after Easter break
Asian markets have closed mixed despite Wall Street providing a strong lead.


NKorea may be close to nuclear test
South Korea says it has detected activity around North Korea's nuclear test site, prompting speculation it will carry out a fourth nuclear test.


Death toll climbs in Korea ferry disaster
The official death toll in South Korea's ferry disaster stands at 104, with 198 still missing as dive teams continue the grim search for more bodies.


Brunei delays introduction of Islamic law
Flogging, the severing of limbs and death by stoning will be part of harsh Islamic punishments, soon to be introduced in Brunei.


Sri Lanka detains UK tourist over tattoo
A tattoo of a Buddha seated on a lotus flower on a British woman's right arm has led to her arrest in Sri Lanka.


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