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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader. Around 50,000 people gathered for what Mr Trump called a "profoundly historic event" on Sunday in Houston. The "Howdy, Modi!" event was billed as one...
Bird populations in Asia and the US are "in crisis", according to two major studies. The first concludes there are three billion fewer birds in the US and Canada today compared to 1970 - a loss of 29% of North America's birds. The second outlines a tipping point in "the Asian...
David Cameron's revelation that he sought help from the Queen ahead of the Scottish independence vote in 2014 has caused displeasure at Buckingham Palace, a source has said. The former PM told the BBC he had asked whether the Queen could "raise an eyebrow" about the prospect of Scotland voting for independence.
Formula 1 returns to the streets of Singapore this weekend - but the race coincides with the city's worst air quality in three years. The haze, as it is called, is caused by fires in nearby Indonesia and Malaysia and is an annual problem in the region. So just as Singapore...
India's cabinet has announced a ban on the production, import and sale of electronic cigarettes, saying they pose a risk to health. An executive order had been approved banning vaping products because of their impact on young people, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. It is not clear if the order will...
Next month, a fleet of ships will circumnavigate New Zealand to mark 250 years since the arrival of European settlers. Their journey is part of Tuia 250, a NZ$13.5m ($8.5m; £6.8m) government initiative to celebrate New Zealand's "Pacific voyaging heritage". Among the flotilla is a replica of Captain James Cook's HMS...
Soft-spoken, bespectacled, and based 650km (400 miles) from Hong Kong, Alex Ko is far removed from the widespread protests sweeping the former British colony. But he's exactly the kind of person China is worried about. In recent weeks, when protesters were battling police on the streets of Hong Kong demanding universal...
The giants of rugby union are preparing to sprint and scrummage their way through a new kind of Rugby World Cup: the Japanese variety. It's the first time the oval-balled extravaganza has been held in Asia, and with the opening match scheduled for 20 September, visitors are already enchanted with the hosts' singing, beer...
Russian coastguards say they have seized two North Korean boats and more than 80 crew members. Russia said the ships were engaged in illegal fishing off its coast, and that one of the vessels launched an "armed attack". Three Russian border guards were reportedly wounded in a clash.
A popular giant panda has died unexpectedly in a Thai zoo - prompting China to send experts to investigate. Chuang Chuang had been at the Chiang Mai zoo on loan from China since 2003. The 19-year old bear was widely popular across Thailand, especially due to repeated efforts by the zoo...

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