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Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared amid rising seas and erosion, Australian researchers say. The missing islands, part of the Solomon Archipelago, were not inhabited by human beings. But six other islands were found to have seen swathes of land turn into sea, destroying entire villages. The researchers say it is the first scientific confirmation of the impact of...

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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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Cambodia has restarted passenger train services on one route after a gap of some 14 years. The first service set out on Saturday from the the capital Phnom Penh for the tourist areas of the south-west coast. The service, which will run only on weekends, had a VIP on board - the veteran Prime Minister, Hun Sen. "The train...

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Japan's space agency had said it will abandon efforts to restore or retrieve the ASTRO-H satellite. Also called Hitomi, the satellite was launched in 17 February to observe X-rays coming from black holes. Contact was lost with $273m satellite on 26 March sparking a scramble by Japanese scientists to find out what had happened. The next time a similar...

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A year after the earthquake and Nepal is still a country of tarpaulins, tents and tin-roofed shacks. I had imagined rebuilding would have begun, but it is as if the country has been frozen in time. The streets have been cleared of rubble and the most obviously unstable structures have been brought down, but that is where...

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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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A giant python found on a Malaysian building site, that may be the longest ever caught, has died, officials say. The estimated eight-metre-long (26ft) snake was spotted Thursday under a fallen tree on the island of Penang. It died on Sunday after laying eggs, Herme Herisyam, operations chief for Penang's Civil Defence Department's southwest district told the BBC. The...

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The estimated number of wild tigers worldwide has risen for the first time in a century, conservationists say. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Global Tiger Forum said 3,890 tigers had been counted in the latest global census. In 2010 there were just 3,200 tigers in the wild. In 1900, there were 100,000. While hopeful that the numbers indicate...

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Thai police are investigating the release of a set of icons on messaging app Line depicting the royal family. The Japanese company has apologised and withdrawn the virtual stickers which it said were "culturally sensitive". Thailand's strict lese majeste law bans criticism of the king, queen and his successor, but has been broadly applied to references to the monarchy....

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Dozens of Japanese scientists and engineers are scrambling to save a satellite - and more than a quarter of a billion dollars of investment - tumbling out of control in space. Hitomi, meaning the pupil of the eye, was launched last month. It was designed to study energetic space objects such as supermassive black holes, neutron stars, and galaxy...

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