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Two foreign women shot dead in Afghanistan
Gunmen have killed two foreign women working for a charity in western Afghanistan as they were travelling in a taxi.

Asian shares mostly up on Chinese data
Positive Chinese manufacturing data has helped markets across Asia rise as fears over the crisis in Ukraine are easing.

Tokyo stocks close down 0.29%
Tokyo stocks have closed down 0.29 per cent, with a stronger yen propping up the market.

Doctors remove 232 teeth from Indian teen
Surgeons in the Indian city of Mumbai have removed a record 232 teeth from the jaw of a teenager who had a swelling on the right side of his jaw.

Train, bus collide in India, 11 kids dead
A train has hit a school bus in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 11 children.

Taiwan plane crash toll hits 48
Questions have been raised about why fatal Taiwanese flight GE222 was allowed to fly so soon after a typhoon.

Japan trade deficit at record $81b
Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($A81.04 billion) in the first half of the year, according to preliminary data.

Hynix posts near 30% drop in net profit
Net profit for the world's second-largest chipmaker, SK Hynix, amounted to $A71.19 million for April to June, down 29 per cent from a year ago.

S. Korea slowdown linked to ferry tragedy
South Korea's Sewol ferry disaster has been linked to the economy's slowest growth in more than a year in the second quarter.

World Bank offers India billions
World Bank president Jim Yong Kim has praised Indian premier Narendra Modi's ambitious vision for the country and offered up to $US18b in support.

Angry Bitcoin investors demand answers
The collapse of trading exchange MtGox has resulted in Bitcoin investors calling for answers after $US500m worth of the virtual currency disappeared.

Alert: Taiwan plane crash 'kills 51'
Fifty-one people have reportedly died and seven others are injured following a plane crash in Taiwan.

World welcomes Joko, but court fight looms
Indonesia's election uncertainty will be further prolonged with defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto taking a case to the constitutional court.

Vietnamese woman, 121, oldest person
Vietnamese officials say a 121-year-old woman living in Ho Chi Minh City is the oldest person in the world.

MH17 black boxes to be sent to UK lab
The black boxes recovered from the crashed of Malaysia Airlines jet that could hold vital clues, will be sent to the UK for forensic examination.

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