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Sri Lanka rescue effort intensified
Rescue workers in Sri Lanka intensify their search for survivors of a tea plantation landslide which is feared to have buried more than 100 people.
Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers
A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.
Groups condemn Singapore gay ruling
Human rights groups criticise a Singapore court's decision that a law banning gay sex is constitutional, saying it "tramples on basic rights".
Taiwan officials in China study ban
Taiwan bans its senior government officials from higher studies in mainland China, citing "national security" reasons.
Japan princess back in public eye
Japan's Crown Princess Masako - who has been hit by a stress-related illness - attends a banquet for Dutch royals, her first such appearance in 11 years.
China denies shutting foreign sites
The director of China's internet regulator admits that some foreign websites cannot be visited but denies shutting them down.
Samsung profit lowest in three years
Samsung Electronics sees its quarterly operating profit fall to its lowest level in more than three years because of slowing smartphone sales.
India's Gujarat braces for cyclone
Authorities in Gujarat begin evacuating tens of thousands of people as a powerful cyclone heads for the western coast.
Kerala court upholds alcohol ban
The high court in India's Kerala state upholds a plan to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.
Data retention bill introduced
Data about phone and computer use will be kept by telecommunications companies for two years if a bill introduced to the Australian parliament is passed.
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