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Severe heatwave grips Malaysia

Intense spell of hot and dry weather brought on by El Nino hits food and water supplies across parts of SE Asia.

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Some 150 people trapped in lifts during Hong Kong storm

Severe weather batters much of southeast China triggering landslides and power cuts.

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18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

Fierce daylong fighting on the southern Philippine island of Basilan also left 52 soldiers wounded.

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North Korea 'tests new ballistic missile engine'

High-powered engine successfully tested, increasing the range of North Korea's nuclear missiles, Pyongyang says.

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Abu Sayyaf frees ex-Italian priest in the Philippines

Reports say Rolando del Torchio was released on the southern island of Sulu after ransom was paid.

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Report: N Korean submarine attempts missile test launch

Chinese state media says Pyongyang becoming a regional security threat with repeated missile tests and provocations.

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Alarm over Thailand soldiers being given police powers

Rights groups warn new decree could lead to troops committing serious abuses with "total impunity".

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Former New Zealand PM announces bid for top UN post

If she wins, Helen Clark would become the first woman to hold the position of UN secretary general.

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Mauritius debris to be looked at in MH370 investigation

If confirmed to be from missing Malaysia airlines flight, debris will be first found from the inside of the plane.

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North Korea to pursue more 'nuclear deterence'

Pyongyang fires new missile as its ambassador to the UN in Geneva says a state of "semi-war" is now ongoing.

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