A leading candidate in the Indonesian presidential race has admitted he helped abduct activists during the rule of the country's former president, Suharto, saying he was under orders and that the kidnappings were legal.
Australia's government has repealed a carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the politicians who imposed it.
Millions of Filipinos have endured a second day without power after typhoon Rammasun paralysed the capital Manila, and killed 38 people as it swept across the country.
More than 90 people, including primary school pupils, have been sickened by a chemical leak from a Hong Kong ship in eastern Thailand, authorities have said.
Five opposition MPs-elect and an activist have been charged with sparking violent clashes between opposition-led protesters and city security guards outside the capital’s Freedom Park.
China has ended drilling and exploration operations at an oil rig it deployed in a section of the South China Sea disputed with Vietnam and will relocate the unit, Chinese state media has said.
A human rights group has said it is concerned for the safety of 130,000 refugees from Myanmar, following a crackdown by the military government that led to hundreds of thousands of Camodians fleeing the country.
A typhoon has killed at least five people as it churned across the Philippines and hit just south of the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 150,000 people, shutting financial markets, offices and schools, rescue officials said.
Cambodian opposition supporters have clashed with police in the capital Phnom Penh after they attempted to re-open a protest site, in defiance of a ban on political gatherings.
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