Deaths reported after huge explosion at gas plant in China

Local media showed amateur videos of black smoke billowing from the Henan Coal Gas Group factory, and debris littering roads

Attack on anime firm in Kyoto kills 33 people

Japanese police have detained a 41-year-old man, with reports suggesting he had accused Kyoto Animation of plagiarism

Great Barrier Reef authority at odds with government on climate change

Rising sea temperatures linked to climate change have killed off large areas of coral, but the Australian government ignores emissions targets

Australia dismayed by writer’s detention in China

Beijing says Yang Hengjun is being investigated on suspicion of endangering state security

Indian tipped to keep warships in Persian Gulf but won’t join US coalition

Escorts for merchant vessels will remain deployed indefinitely, say insiders

US secretary of state promises an alliance for ‘religious freedom’

Mike Pompeo announces global body while harshly criticising Iran and China for human rights abuses

Bangladesh floods force thousands from their homes

Several million people are living in camps and makeshift settlements as the Jamuna river breaks its banks, inundating at least 40 villages

Pakistan arrests accused mastermind of Mumbai attacks

The arrest comes days before a visit to Washington by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan

Hong Kong’s ‘grey hairs’ march to support youth protesters

Hong Kong's veteran residents show solidarity with younger demonstrators leading anti-government protesters

Fears of more floods as monsoon rains pound South Asia

Areas in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan under water as death toll climbs

India to deport all illegal migrants, says minister

Governing BJP party is accused of anti-Muslim bias as it targets immigrants in a series of states

Palestinians appeal to diplomats over Israel demolition plans

French consul general for Jerusalem says the families have a right to live in the area

Taiwan asks Hong Kong and China for help with costly online love scams

Fighting cross-border fraud will require the governments work together despite tensions over Beijing’s desire for closer political links

Floods in India displace millions with at least 119 dead

In Assam state, heavy monsoon rains have submerged 30 school buildings and 12 child-care centres, and hit thousands of hectares of crops

What Malaysia’s former prime minister spent in one day on his credit cards

Disgraced Najib Razak spent $803,000 on jewellery — ‘a gift to a senior member of the royalty of a government’ — in 2014

WATCH: Has China economy’s run out of steam?

GS Investments CEO Glenn Silverman talks to Business Day TV about the fate of the world’s second-largest economy

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