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World News Update, what you need to know
World News Update, what you need to know


Two bombs target Thai luxury mall: police
Thai police say two pipe bombs have exploded near the entrance to Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in downtown Bangkok.


Ambassador to meet pro-democracy icon
Natasha Stott Despoja will receive a pre-election snapshot of Myanmar's reform agenda from her political hero and other women striving for peace.


UK envoy suspended over Bali jail 'affair'
A British diplomat in Bali has been suspended after a newspaper report of an affair with a drugs prisoner on the Indonesian island.


Packer not welcome in Sri Lanka, govt says
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said "we don't want an economy relying on casinos" after James Packer pulled out of building a resort.


Australia gives Philippines 2 naval craft
Defence Minister Kevin Andrews says two decommissioned military landing craft will be refitted and handed over to the Philippines in May 2015.


No warning for Philippine raid: minister
The minister in charge of the Philippine police says he was not warned about an anti-terror raid that resulted in the deaths of 44 officers.


Luxury train catches fire in Thailand
The luxury Eastern & Oriental tourist train has caught fire in Thailand as it headed for the region made famous by the film The Bridge on the River Kwai.


Investigation into deadly Bangladesh fire
At least 13 people died and dozens more were injured when a fire swept through a plastics factory in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.


India probes discovery of bodies
Dozens of bones and decayed body parts have been found in a police building in northern India in a room apparently locked for seven years.


Power restored for Bangladesh oppn leader
Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has had power restored to her office after it was cut in an attempt to get her to call off protests.


Stott Despoja to visit Myanmar, Cambodia
Australia's ambassador for women and girls Natasha Stott Despoja is set to meet her political hero as well as other women striving to bring peace to Myanmar.


Search resumes for AirAsia crash victims
The search has resumed for the remaining bodies of the 162 people who died when an AirAsia plane crashed off Indonesia on December 28.


Cambodia deports French nude pics tourists
A Cambodian prosecutor says three French tourists arrested after a nude photo incident will be deported.


Bangladesh cuts power to opposition leader
Power has been cut to the home of Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda Zia's in an attempt to force her to call off a transport blockade.


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