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Australian couple 'abandon Thai surrogate'
A fundraising page created for a Thai boy with Down's Syndrome, who was left with his surrogate by an Australian couple, has raised more than $US98,000.

India factory output 'hits 17-month peak'
Indian factory output has been rising across the board, boosting hopes the economy could be rallying from its longest downturn in a quarter-century.

Indonesia ready to probe gagged graft case
Indonesia's top anti-graft body is reportedly ready to ask the Australian Federal Police to help investigate an case subject to a suppression order.

Separatists shot dead in Indon's Papua
A shootout in the mountainous central part of Indonesia's Papua province has killed five separatist rebels.

Asian stocks slip after major US sell-off
Asian markets ended their recent rally after the Dow posted its biggest single sell-off since February.

Pro-Singaporean hiring rules kick in
Singaporean firms needing professional workers now have to advertise on an online "Jobs Bank" for locals for 14 days before they can hire a foreigner.

Gas blasts kill 25, injure 267 in Taiwan
Bodies littered streets in Taiwan's Kaohsiung city as blasts triggered by gas leaks killed 25 people and injured 276, destroying vehicles and buildings.

India landslide survivors unlikely
Fifty bodies and eight survivors have now been pulled from the site where a village once stood in a remote part of Maharashtra state in India.

Thai musician jailed for insulting royals
A Thai musician has been jailed for 15 years after the 28-year-old was found guilty of posting insulting messages about the monarchy on Facebook.

Army dominates new Thai national assembly
Thailand's king has approved the appointment of more than 100 army officers to the 200-seat national assembly.

Rifts hamper closer US-India ties
US Secretary of State John Kerry believes Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic mandate offers a chance for new US-India cooperation.

Japan must hike sales taxes again: IMF
The IMF says Japan has little choice but to raise its sales tax, given very high levels of public debt.

Son begged Sonia Gandhi not to be India PM
A family confidant says Sonia Gandhi turned down the Indian PM job due to her son begging her to avoid it due to assassination fears.

Aust must clear air on corruption case:SBY
Indonesia's president is calling on the Australian government to explain an international corruption matter after revelations by Wikileaks.

Asian stocks mixed, US growth weighed down
Asian markets were mixed after US economy grew 4.0 per cent in April-June, much more than the 3.0 per cent forecast.

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