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India boss hands out lavish gifts
A diamond merchant in India has showered his workers with lavish gifts, including cars and home deposits.

China's growth likely to slow: US research
A US business group is predicting a slowdown in China growth over the next decade, which the researchers say could benefit foreign companies.

Foreign links claim in HK protests denied
Claims by Hong Kong's chief executive that "external forces" are orchestrating mass rallies have been rejected by pro-democracy leaders.

Nepal halts search for trekkers
Trekking routes on a popular Himalayan circuit where at least 40 hikers and porters died in a snowstorm will remain open, an industry group says.

Bus crash kills 30 in Bangladesh
A bus crash in Bangladesh has killed 30 people, many of whom were students on their way to take a university entrance exam.

Communication with Australia vital: Joko
Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo says he expects the country's relationship with Australia to go from "from strength to strength".

Sri Lanka heads for snap presidential poll
Sri Lanka has announced it will go to the polls for its presidential election in January, nearly two years ahead of schedule.

North Korea warns of retaliation
North Korea's military has warned that it will take "unpredictable measures" in retaliation for alleged provocations from South Korea.

India fireworks factory blaze kills 12
At least 12 people are dead after a blaze broke out at an Indian factory storing vast numbers of fireworks for Diwali celebrations.

Bangladesh bus collision kills 20
Two passenger buses have collided head-on in northwestern Bangladesh, killing at least 20 people and injuring 25 others.

Kerry in Asia seeking support against IS
US Secretary of State John Kerry has visited Indonesia to press Southeast Asian nations to step up efforts in the fight against the Islamic State.

Abbott, Kerry hold talks in Jakarta
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has held talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Jakarta following the inauguration of Indonesia's new president.

$US400,000 stolen from Pakistan charity
Robbed have stolen gold and $400,000 from a charity in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi.

Asia shares surge after Wall St rally
Asian stockmarkets have rallied on Monday led by big gains in Tokyo.

HK protesters deny 'external forces' claim
Activists criticise comments by Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying, who says "external forces" are involved in pro-democracy protests.

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