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Afghan Taliban appoint new leader
The Afghan Taliban have announced a new leader to replace Mullah Akhtar Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike.

Kabul bombing kills 10 people
Ten people have been killed in an attack on a vehicle carrying court staff in Kabul.

China, HK shares rebound
The Hang Seng is heading towards its biggest one-day gain in six weeks, but analysts say any rebound is likely to be short-lived.

Indonesia's tobacco farms put kids at risk
Thousands of children who work on Indonesia's small-scale tobacco farms run the risk of acute nicotine poisoning, Human Rights Watch says.

Samsung rewrites playbook, halts slide
Electronics company and mobile phone maker Samsung thinks it's secured baseline profits after revitalising its mobile design and revamping its camera.

Two Indian climbers found dead on Everest
Another two climbers have been confirmed dead on Mount Everest, days after Australian Marise Strydom died due to altitude sickness.

Indian climber reflects on Everest death
An Indian Everest climber has emphasised the "lack of responsibility from the agencies" over the recent deaths.

Aussie boy 'assaulted' during Bali massage
A Bali masseur accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old Australian boy has told reporters he "didn't expect it would go like this".

Cambodia revives Aust refugee deal
Cambodia says it will send a team to Nauru to interview two more asylum seekers who have put their hand up to resettle in the country.

Obama pushes for better rights in Vietnam
US President Barack Obama said that several activists were prevented from coming to a meeting with him, urging the country to allow greater freedoms.

Indonesia lagging on private partnerships
Indonesia's finance minister says involving the private sector in infrastructure projects is critical to the country's development.

China, Hong Kong shares fall
China and Hong Kong shares have fallen in morning trade as commodity prices tumbled and investors worried about a US interest rate hike.

Obama stops for noodles with Bourdain
Celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain has enjoyed noodles at a local Vietnamese restaurant with the US president, which was filmed for his TV show.

N. Korea rejects Trump's 'propaganda'
A senior North Korean official has called Donald Trump's offer to meet Kim Jong Un is a "kind of propaganda or advertisement" in an election race.

Britain gives refuge to ex-Maldives pres
The United Kingdom has granted the former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed refugee status.

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