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British-based firm Reckitt Benckiser has admitted for the first time selling a humidifier disinfectant that killed about 100 people in South Korea. The head of its South Korean division was attacked by angry relatives as he apologised at a Seoul hotel. Reckitt Benckiser is among several firms whose products are blamed for the deaths. It has offered compensation...

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New Zealand has revealed plans to turn an area of the South Pacific about the size of France into a marine reserve. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary lies north of the mainland and includes a chain of islands and underwater volcanoes. Prime Minister John Key made the announcement at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Fishing and mining...

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South Korea has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus, in a man who had recently returned from Brazil. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said the 43-year-old was diagnosed on Tuesday and was being treated in Gwangju city. Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization. It has...

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The operator of the Fukushima nuclear power plant hit by a tsunami in 2011 has admitted that it should have announced sooner that there was a nuclear meltdown at the site. The Tokyo Electric Power Company denied the meltdown for two months. The company now says the public declaration should have been done within days of the disaster. Experts...

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A doomed Japanese satellite managed to capture a view of a galaxy cluster 250 million light years away just before it died, scientists have revealed. Launched in February, the Hitomi X-ray satellite began tumbling out of control in March when contact was finally lost. Just before its demise, scientists managed to extract data measuring X-ray activity in the Perseus...

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Japan has restarted its first nuclear reactor under new safety rules following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. All Japan's nuclear plants were gradually shut down after a series of meltdowns at the Fukushima plant sparked by the tsunami and earthquake. But after passing stringent new safety tests, Kyushu Electric Power restarted the number one reactor at its Sendai plant on...

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Nepal's army has started work to drain rising waters in a lake near Everest at nearly 5,000m (16,400ft). Scientists say that is vital to partially drain Lake Imja to stop it from bursting its banks with potentially devastating consequences. Imja is one of thousands of lakes in the Himalayas formed by the melting of glaciers. But last year's earthquake...

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Seven Pakistani policemen, three of whom were guarding polio workers, have been killed in Karachi, officials say. Eight gunmen on motorcycles fired at a group of three police guards and later at a van containing four officers, officials told the Pakistan Tribune. Islamist militants oppose vaccination, saying it is a Western conspiracy to sterilise Pakistani children. In January, 15...

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India's cabinet has approved a $2.5bn (£1.7bn) deal to buy 37 military helicopters from the US aviation company Boeing. The news comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US later this week. India will buy 22 Apache attack helicopters and 15 Chinooks to replace ageing Soviet-era aircraft. The purchase strengthens the status of the...

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Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari has said he is resigning amid corruption allegations. Mr Amari unexpectedly made the announcement at a press conference in Tokyo on Thursday. But he again denied personally receiving bribes from a construction company, as had been alleged by a Japanese magazine. The development will be seen as a significant blow for Prime Minister...

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