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Asia equities rally on Fed minutes
Asian share and currency gains come after minutes from the US Fed's latest policy meeting hinted it could keep rates at record lows into next year.

India protests after maid's hand cut off
India's foreign minister has deplored a "brutal" attack on an Indian woman in which her Saudi employer is said to have cut her hand off.

Singapore screens hundreds in hep-C scare
The Singapore General Hospital says 678 patients as well as 273 medical workers are being contacted to be screened for hepatitis C after a breakout.

Singapore banks urged to cut 'haze' loans
Singapore banks have proposed guidelines to include greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and forest degradation for business loans approval.

US miner Freeport wins assurances in Indon
A deal with the Indonesian government will allow Freeport to build the biggest underground mine in the world at its site in eastern Papua.

N Korea food production 'could drop 14%'
A forecast of plummeting food production in North Korea has sparked fears of exacerbating chronic food shortages in the impoverished nation.

Nine dead in Philippines jail fire
Most of the nine dead in a Philippines jail fire were being held in a special section for inmates with psychological issues or physical infirmities.

Indonesia asks Australian firies' help
Indonesia has asked Australia to send a firefighting aircraft and crew as it struggles to bring forest fires under control.

UN aid chief demands Yemen wedding probe
The UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O'Brien, has called for a swift investigation into the air strike of a wedding in Yemen.

Aussie campaigner sees dogs burned alive
An Australian has filmed the dark side of a "colourful" Indonesian tourist spot in support of an overhaul of rarely enforced animal protection laws.

33 still missing in Afghan hospital strike
Thirty-three people are still unaccounted for almost a week after 22 people died in a US air strike on an Afghan hospital.

Thai police probe assault on Australians
A Facebook video showing an attack on two Australians by security guards on the Thai island of Phuket has triggered a police investigation.

China stocks climb but Asian rally fades
Asian stock markets have finished mostly lower on Thursday except for Shanghai which surged almost three per cent higher.

Joyce quiet on Jakarta cattle talks
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce won't say if Jakarta agreed to changes to stabilise the live cattle trade.

Indon accepts international help on fires
Indonesian has accepted help from foreign countries to help extinguish forest fires which have produced haze blanketing much of Southeast Asia.

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