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Friend of former S.Korea leader jailed
Choi Soon-sil, the friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the centre of an influence-peddling scandal, has been jailed for three years.


N.Korea tests rocket engine: US officials
North Korea has carried out another rocket engine test, US officials say, which could be part of its ICBM program.


Dozens killed in Afghanistan car bombing
At least 34 people have been killed and more than 60 wounded in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.


Two Kerobokan escapees captured
Two prisoners who escaped from Kerobokan jail in Bali along with Australian man Shawn Davison have been captured in East Timor.


Islamist fighters trapped in besieged town
The Philippines military says the firepower of Islamist militants in Marawi City appears to be flagging, but there are concerns more violence could lie ahead.


Obamas to holiday in Indonesia
Barack Obama and his family are visiting Indonesia for a 10-day holiday, with stops in Bali and Jakarta.


Taliban video shows Aust and US captives
A new video showing an American and an Australian captive has been released by the Taliban in Afghanistan.


Australian academy awards for Asian films
An award for Asian film excellence is being introduced as part of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts' annual prize ceremony.


Oil spill sends stocks, bond yields down
A renewed slump in oil prices to seven-month lows has dragged down world stocks and flattened bond curves


Aust man faces charges after Thai accident
An Australian man is facing criminal charges after two people died in a car accident in Thailand.


Aus Tech boss detained in Thailand
A former company secretary of an Australian tech company is facing extradition in Thailand on charges linked to a troubled IT company.


Extreme heat grips Northern Hemisphere
The World Meteorological Organisation says the Earth is experiencing "another exceptionally warm year".


Yoga Day marked by millions in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined mass crowds in India celebrating International Yoga Day.


No sign of escapees in Bali escape tunnel
An Australian man and three others who broke out of Bali's Kerobokan jail appear to have made a clean getaway, say authorities who examined their escape tunnel.


Trump says China failed to help on N.Korea
US President Donald Trump has posted a confusing tweet about North Korea, saying China has tried, but failed, to rein in the rogue nation's nuclear program.


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