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Everest avalanche kills 12, more missing
Rescuers have halted their search for survivors after an avalanche on Mount Everest killed 12 local climbing guides.

Bin Laden library causes storm in Pakistan
A Pakistan library has been renamed "Osama bin Laden, the martyr", which commentators have described as a "huge embarrassment" for the government.

Philippine Easter crucifixions draw crowds
Filipinos have been surprised by a Danish man who joined in their crucifixion ritual on Good Friday.

Vietnam battles fatal measles outbreak
A deadly outbreak of measles in Vietnam has killed more than 100 people, mostly young children, and infected thousands more.

Seven killed in Indonesian boat accident
A boat carrying a group of Christian worshippers has sunk off the Indonesian coast, with seven people including three children confirmed dead.

Rescued teacher found dead in S Korea
The vice principal of a high school who was rescued from a ferry that sank with hundreds of his student on board has been found dead.

India man arrested with gold bars in gut
An Indian businessman has been arrested after surgeons found smuggled bars of gold bullion lodged in his gut.

Indon towns feel asylum seeker strain
Jakarta is weighing the options for asylum seekers and refugees who are creating tension in towns where they could face years of waiting for UN processing.

Captain not at helm of Korean ferry
As the search for survivors continues, prosecutors revealed the captain was not at the helm of the South Korean ferry when it ran into trouble.

Call for sanctions against N. Korea
Michael Kirby, the head of a special UN inquiry, has urged the UN to slap sanctions on North Korea over its human rights abuses.

Turkey hopes Twitter will open office
Turkey says it will pixelate Twitter content deemed inappropriate, after the social network all but ruled out opening an office in the country.

Pakistan army assists polio vaccinators
People promoting polio vaccinations in Pakistan are to be backed up with military security following attacks on other campaigners.

India election marred by rebel threats
Voters have turned out to polling booths across India despite threats from leftist rebels who have called for an election boycott.

Japan postpones whale hunt as Obama visits
Japan has postponed the start of its next 'scientific' whaling hunt in the Pacific until after US president Barack Obama visits the country.

Aust journalist faces 7 years in Thai jail
An Australian journalist is facing seven years in a Thai jail over an online report that alleged Thailand's navy was involved in people smuggling.

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