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Car bomb kills 18 killed in Afghanistan
A suicide car bomb attack has killed at least 18 people, mostly civilians, in eastern Afghanistan.

Iraqi forces launch Mosul operation
The Iraqi air force has dropped leaflets urging residents in the last IS-held enclave in Mosul to flee, as Iraqi troops launch an operation to capture it.

Duterte jokes about rape to troops
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has again caused offence after joking about raping women while addressing troops who are about to enforce martial law.

Corby 'free' but Bali departure hours away
Schapelle Corby is now officially considered a free woman but it's unlikely she feels that way as she prepares to run the media gauntlet for her deportation.

China jets intercept US surveillance plane
US officials have confirmed that two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea earlier in the week.

Halt siege, begin talks: Duterte to rebels
Rodrigo Duterte has implored Islamist militants to abandon hostilities and open a dialogue in an effort to end their bloody occupation of a southern city.

Bangladesh justice statue removed
Bangladeshi authorities have removed a Lady Justice statue from the Supreme Court complex in Dhaka after an outcry by Islamists.

Sri Lanka landslides, floods kill 25
At least 25 people are dead and more than 40 are missing as floods and landslides ravage Sri Lanka during the early wet season.

Arrests as IS claims Jakarta attacks
Indonesian police say three suspected Islamic militants have been arrested in relation to suicide bombings that killed three police officers in Jakarta.

'Invasion' for IS caliphate in Philippines
As the siege of Marawi wears on, Philippine authorities warn an "invasion" of foreign jihadists aims to establish an Islamic State caliphate in the country.

Bali officials visit Corby at home
Schapelle Corby has been visited by a Bali officials on the eve of her deportation, with authorities raising concerns about the 'abnormal' media attention.

Things to know about UN sex abuse
The key findings on AP's investigation into the UN's sexual abuse and exploitation controversy.

Sex ring in Haiti: cracks in UN system
In the past 12 years, an estimated 2000 allegations of rape, torture and mass killings have been levelled at UN peacekeepers and personnel.

Schapelle Corby in quotes
Memorable quotes: Schapelle Corby's trial in 2005.

State of secrecy on death row in Vietnam
Vietnam has recently been revealed to be the world's third-most prolific executioner but death row remains a place full of secrets.

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