China chemical blast toll reaches 78 as inspections ordered

Beijing wants nationwide inspections of companies after one of the country’s worst industrial accidents

Watchdog warns that China wants a ‘new world media order’

Beijing is exporting its Big Brother methods of censorship to other countries, threatening press freedom globally, says Reporters Without Borders

Death toll from Chinese pesticide plant blast rises further

Disasters have hit chemical plants in particular, with 23 people killed in November in blasts during the delivery of a flammable gas at a chemical maker

Thailand poised for junta likely to stay in power, as election results are delayed

Nearly 1.9-million votes have been invalidated with 93% of votes tallied, the Election Commission says

Sri Lanka ready for $3.85bn refinery near strategic port

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Hambantota will become a global investment hub with the addition of the oil refinery and storage complex

Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates $1.1bn mass rapid transit system

But transport analysts have cautioned that the new line and cheap prices will not cure the traffic woes of a city infatuated with private vehicles 

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil and rally to fight racism

About 15,000 turn out in Christchurch and more than 1,000 in Auckland in a show of unity

Thousands gather in New Zealand to show Muslim community ‘we are one’

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern joined about 20,000 people in front of the al-Noor mosque where most of the victims were killed last week

ICC probe of Rodrigo Duterte will continue

Prosecutor to press on with investigation of crimes against humanity in spite of Philippines pulling out as member of International Criminal Court

Indonesian flood death toll rises and dozens are still missing

Government declares a state of emergency in storm-hit Papua

Australian farmers hold back on buying fertiliser as drought bites

Grain growers minimise cost amid threat of second successive crop failure

Myanmar court jails Rakhine leader

Verdict coud intensify fighting between the ethnic group and the military

Myanmar military court to probe claims of atrocities against Rohingya

The court will respond to claims made by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accusing security forces of mass killings, rape and arson

The little patch of Australia that has the ‘world’s cleanest air’

The levels of carbon dioxide found at Cape Grim, Tasmania now are akin to those found in some towns at the start of the industrial revolution

Death toll rises in Indonesian floods

Amid the devastation, however, a baby has been reunited with his father after soldiers plucked him from rubble inside a house where his mother and siblings ...

China defends Islamic measures, says it has arrested 13,000 ‘terrorists’

Main exiled group, the World Uyghur Congress, denounces white paper

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