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Taliban use captured Humvees in attack
Captured Humvee army vehicles have been used by Taliban insurgents in an attack on police in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Afghan role for US troops winds down
The outgoing commander of international forces in Afghanistan says US troops in the country will not return to an active role fighting the Taliban.

Death toll from Taiwan quake rises to 116
The death toll from Taiwan's earthquake a week ago has risen to 116 with one still missing in the collapsed Weiguan Golden Dragon residential complex.

Central Asia's tallest tower hit by fire
A fire which broke out at a construction site where Central Asia's tallest tower is being built in Kazakhstan's capital took six hours to be put out.

Sumatra floods leave farmers short of food
Indonesian authorities have declared a state of emergency in parts of Sumatra after floods have left 43 people dead and crops destroyed.

US deploys more missiles in SKorea
As a temporary measure the US has deployed a Patriot missile battery in South Korea before a more sophisticated system is installed.

US OKs F-16 jets sale to Pakistan
The US has agreed to sell Pakistan a wing of F-16 fighter jets in a deal worth $US699m.

Hong Kong bookseller likely abducted: UK
Britain's foreign secretary says the likely abduction of a Hong Kong bookseller to mainland China is a "serious breach" of the 1984 handover treaty.

Slain Spaniard's DNA found: Thai police
Thai police believe a Spanish man was held against his will, tortured and forced to transfer $US1 million into a bank account before being killed.

Gandhis 'need to face trial in graft case'
Indian opposition leader Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul must face trial for corruption, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Ex-UN climate chief in sex claim scandal
The former chief of a UN climate panel, renowned Indian scientist Rajendra K Pachauri, is expected to be charged with sexual harassment.

Tolerance urged in Indon amid emojis flap
Jakarta wants WhatsApp and Twitter to drop emojis featuring same-sex couples but rights groups are calling for social inclusion.

Pakistan arrests 97 al-Qaeda militants
Al-Qaeda militants who were planning to brake Daniel Pearl's killer out of jail have been arrested in the Pakistan city of Karachi.

Bashir moved to 'high risk' Indon cell
Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been moved into a high risk cell as part of a push to restrict access to terrorists in prison.

SKorea, US talk to deploy missile defence
South Korea and the United States are to talk as early as next week about deploying a missile defence system in the South.

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