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Asian stocks climb after China rate cut
Asian stocks were up after China's central bank said it would slash its one-year rate for deposits by 25 basis points to 2.75 per cent.


Hundreds of endangered turtles poached
A Philippines court has fined nine Chinese fishermen for poaching hundreds of endangered giant sea turtles in disputed waters.


Nepal bus crash toll hits 47
More bodies have been pulled from a river in Nepal, taking the death toll from a bus crash in mountainous Jajarkot district to 47.


Khmer Rouge court adjourns genocide trial
Cambodia's genocide trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders has been delayed since mid-October due to a boycott by lawyers for the defendants.


Euro struggles in Asia
The euro is struggling to recover in Asian trade.


Fuel price rise tests Widodo's promise
New president Joko Widodo' pledge to help Indonesia's poor may prove harder to fulfil with some saying the fuel price hike will mean higher food prices.


NKorea warns 'catastrophic consequences'
North Korea is threatening "catastrophic consequences" for any nation that supported a UN resolution condemning its human rights record.


German 'vandals' face Singapore flogging
Two German men have been charged with offences punishable by jail time and flogging with a cane.


China building airfield in S China Sea: US
A US military spokesman says a Chinese land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands could accommodate an airstrip.


Senior Sri Lankan minister defects
A senior Sri Lankan minister has quit the ruling party, saying the country was heading for a dictatorship under President Mahinda Rajapakse.


6.9-magnitude quake hits eastern Indonesia
A 6.9-magnitude quake has hit islands in eastern Indonesia at a depth of 48km and no tsunami alert was issued.


Kim Kardashian scraps India 'Big Brother'
Kim Kardashian is blaming a scheduling conflict after announcing she's unable to appear on the Indian version of Big Brother.


Asian stocks mostly higher after poor week
Asian stocks have closed mostly higher after a disappointing week for the big regional bourses and another record close on Wall Street.


'Aust must press Cambodia on refugees'
A human rights group says refugees in Cambodia face discrimination and hardship, and Australia must press for reforms before sending Nauru detainees there.


Japanese flight turns back to Manila
The pilots of a flight heading to Japan turned the plane around and made an emergency landing in Manila after they noticed smoke in the cockpit.


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