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Hundreds of prisoners at a maximum security prison in Melbourne, Australia riot amid reports of a smoking ban. Video: Reuters

Firemen and security forces attempt to extinguish the fire surrounding the wreckage of an Indonesian military transport plane after it crashed in the North Sumatra city of Medan, Indonesia on Tuesday. Photograph: Irsan Mulyadi/Reuters/Antara Foto

More than 100 people are feared dead after a military transport plane ploughed into a residential area shortly after take-off in northern Indonesia, i(...)

People line up at an ATM outside a closed Piraeus Bank branch, after the Greek government imposed capital controls at the country’s banks in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

(...).” The MSCI All-Country World equity index was flat. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside(...)

Monitors display the current exchange rate of the Japanese yen against the Euro in Tokyo. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

(...) already slowing economy. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 1.5 per cent but(...)

Passengers are seen inside a Shinkansen bullet train after it made an emergency stop in Odawara on Tuesday. trains between Tokyo and Osaka have been suspended after a passenger on a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train died after setting himself on fire on Tuesday and another person suffered a cardiac arrest. Photograph: Reuters/Kyodo

A carriage on Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train erupted in pandemonium on Tuesday after a man doused himself in fuel and set himself alight, killing him(...)

A member of the Afghan security forces stands on top of a concrete barrier. Photograph: Ahmad Masood/Reuters

Protesters in the northern Afghan province of Parwan blocked the main highway yesterday after US forces raided the village of a local strongman and (...)

A general view  of the stage area after an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

A woman has died in the first fatality from the nearly 500 casualties from a weekend blaze at a Taiwan water park, as investigators examined the colou(...)

Over the next decade, the population of over-75s in greater Tokyo will grow by 1.75 million, think-tank the Japan Policy Council has warned. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty

In Japanese folklore, families long ago supposedly took their old into remote areas and left them to die. The government was forced this month to den(...)

Due to slowing down of Earth’s rotation the solar day is getting longer each year. To compensate timekeepers add a second to the year to make sure our atomic clocks are synchronised to to the solar day.

(...) of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity earlier this year. However, a UK-based roundtable found last year(...)

A police officer walks past debris after 500 people were injured in a fire at a water park.

The number of people injured in a fire at a Taiwan water amusement park rose to 516 on Sunday, government officials said, with more than 180 still in (...)