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Precious relics seized from smugglers return home to Kabul

Precious relics seized from smugglers return home to Kabul

The items being sent to Afghanistan are valued at around $US1.8 million ($2.3 million) and will be put on display at the National Museum.

  • by Ben Fox

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Hallmarks of a tragedy: Time running out for Indonesian submariners
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Hallmarks of a tragedy: Time running out for Indonesian submariners

The Indonesian navy said no contact with the crew had been made but they were holding out hope that a discovery on sonar could lead them to the submarine.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
Pakistan hotel targeted by bomb blast
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Pakistan hotel targeted by bomb blast

China’s ambassador was staying at a hotel in south-west Pakistan that was bombed, but was not present when it was hit, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said.

  • by Abdul Sattar
India records world record number of daily COVID cases

India records world record number of daily COVID cases

India’s total of 312,731 new infections in a 24-hour period eclipsed the previous single-day high of 300,669 cases, set in the United States on January 8.

  • by Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Hari Kumar
‘Speechless’: Taiwan couple gets married four times to maximise honeymoon leave

‘Speechless’: Taiwan couple gets married four times to maximise honeymoon leave

The story sparked heated online debate in Taiwan after the husband exploited a legal loophole obliging local companies to grant eight days paid leave.

  • by Nicola Smith
Indonesia asks Australia to help search for submarine with 53 on board
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Indonesia asks Australia to help search for submarine with 53 on board

Contact was lost with the German-built submarine, which has 53 sailors on board, north of Bali on Wednesday and an oil spill was later found.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
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Oxygen leak kills 22 patients as India’s daily infection rate nears 300,000

Oxygen leak kills 22 patients as India’s daily infection rate nears 300,000

India now faces a coronavirus “storm” overwhelming its health system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation.

  • by Rajendra Jadhav and Neha Arora
Caving to Islamists, Pakistan considers expelling French envoy

Caving to Islamists, Pakistan considers expelling French envoy

The tensions originated last year when French President Emmanuel Macron defended the publication of caricatures of the prophet Muhammad by a satirical newspaper.

  • by Babar Dogar and Munir Ahmed
Japan should join Five Eyes intelligence network, says ambassador
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Japan should join Five Eyes intelligence network, says ambassador

The idea of Japan becoming the “sixth eye” in the post-war spy network with Australia, the United States, Britain, Canada and New Zealand is gaining traction.

  • by Peter Hartcher
Vanuatu bans travel after COVID-positive body washes ashore in Port Vila

Vanuatu bans travel after COVID-positive body washes ashore in Port Vila

The body is believed to be that of a Filipino fisherman who went missing from a UK-flagged tanker on April 11.

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola
‘Stop bossing others’: Xi Jinping’s not-so veiled rebuke to the US

‘Stop bossing others’: Xi Jinping’s not-so veiled rebuke to the US

“What we need in today’s world is justice, not hegemony,” Xi told the Boao Forum on Asia, adding that China would never engage in an arms race.

  • by Colum Murphy