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Pakistani mountaineers scale K-2 peak
Six Pakistani climbers have reached the summit of K-2, considered by some as a more difficult climb than Everest.


Foreign experts inspect Taiwan crash site
New evidence suggests the TransAsia Airways plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground in Taiwan, killing 48 people.


Afghan vote audit suspended again
The audit of all 8.1 million ballots cast in the June 14 Aghan presidential run-off vote has dragged on due to disagreements over validating ballots.


Malaysia offers Indon illegals safe return
At least four boats have sunk since last month as Indonesians, drawn to Malaysia for work, sought to go home for Eid al-Fitr, Islam's biggest festival.


Malaysian PM to travel to Netherlands
Malaysian PM Najib Razak says he and Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte will discuss securing full access to the MH17 crash site.


Prisoner exchange 'a big Taliban win'
Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar says the exchange of five Guantanamo Bay inmates for US soldier Bowe Bergdahl was a spectacular achievement.


Car bomb in southern Thailand kills three
Three people have been killed by a car bomb in a busy, tourist shopping area in southern Thailand.


Abbott phones SBY about MH17 tragedy
Tony Abbott has called Indonesia's president to offer the use of an Australian plane to repatriate the bodies of the nation's victims from flight MH17.


Asian stocks mostly rise, euro holds gains
Asian stocks have mostly risen on a strong close on Wall Street while the euro held on to its gains against the major currencies.


Airline group vows action after black week
The International Air Transport Association has vowed to boost safety, saying flying is still safe despite three crashes in a black week for aviation.


Gunmen kill 15 civilians in Afghanistan
Suspected Taliban gunmen have executed 15 people in a roadside attack in central Afghanistan, government officials and police say.


Taiwan airline sorry for crash
Taiwan's TransAsia Airways has run an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers following the deaths of 48 passengers on flight GE222.


Kia Motors second-quarter net profit down
Net profit for April-June at South Korea's second largest car maker, Kia Motors, came to 1.02 trillion won ($A1.07 billion).


Korea ferry owner autopsy inconclusive
South Korean forensic experts say they haven't been able to determine a cause of death for Sewol ferry owner Yoo Byung-Eun.


McDonald's Hong Kong halts nugget sales
McDonald's Hong Kong and Japan say they have used imported food from a US-owned firm in China, with the HK outlet now suspending sales to the public.


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