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Train hits school van in India, kills 8
Eight schoool children have been killed when a train hit a school bus at a level crossing in India.


Philippines announces rebels ceasefire
In a bid for the 'peace of the living', Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced an immediate ceasefire with communist guerillas.


Peaceful means in South China Sea: ASEAN
Disputes in the South China Sea should be dealt with by peaceful means, the foreign ministers of China and other Southeast Asian countries have said.


Indonesia steps up execution plans
The Indonesian undertaker who bathed the bodies of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran after their deaths has been told to prepare for further executions.


China stocks mixed in range-bound trade
China stocks were mixed in range-bound trade, with Shanghai adding 0.2% while the Hang Seng edged down 0.3%.


Aussie helps Lao hill tribes grow coffee
A former Aussie teacher says helping Laotian hill tribes with coffee-growing is vital to easing poverty and stop them turning to growing poppies for opium.


Vietnam arrests Aust woman on drug charge
An Australian woman has been arrested at Vietnam's main airport after authorities found nearly 5 kilograms of heroin hidden in her luggage.


India urges restraint in Kashmir
Amid tensions in disputed Kashmir India has asked its security forces to exercise maximum restraint in responding to any protests.


ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea
Tensions over conflicting claims to the South China Sea remain a political flashpoint at the ASEAN meeting, with members deadlocked over a statement.


Nepal's PM quits amid no confidence vote
Nepal's prime minister was forced to quit as allies of his multi-party coalition deserted the government accusing him of not honouring power sharing deals.


ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea
ASEAN is facing the prospect of being unable to issue a statement following a meeting for only the second time, after Cambodia resisted over China.


Aust animal activist faces Thai charge
Australian animal activist whose charges against famed Thai tiger temple led to closure faces defamation charge brought by the temple.


Thai police charge eight-year-old girls
Two eight-year-old Thai girls who love pink have been charged after they tore off voter lists because they were printed in their favourite colour.


10 dead in Bangladesh boat tragedy
An overloaded passenger boat has capsized in Bangladesh, killing eight children and two women.


Floods kill at least 154 across China
Villagers in the northern provinces of China are angry there wasn't enough warning before flooding which has killed some 154 people.


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