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Local media reports  say the Irish man was walking his bicycle across Monivong Boulevard in Phnom Penh, Cambodia early yesterday when he was struck. File photograph: Google Street View

An Irish man died in an accident in the Cambodian capital on Sunday.Tomas Beecher is believed to have died after he was struck by an SUV in the capita(...)

The military’s ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) insists Cambodians are leaving of their own accord and said 60,000 had crossed the border as of Saturday. Photograph: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Squatting on the ground with their hands on each others’ shoulders in 15 neat rows, hundreds of illegal Cambodian workers, including women and childre(...)

Legal imports have grown from 350,000 skins valued at just €100 million (€72 million) in 2005 as Beyoncé, Johnny Depp’s partner, Amber Heard, Khloé Kardashian and Tamara Ecclestone have jumped on the trend for the exotic handbags, which can sell for more than €5,000 each.

Illegally traded python skins worth $1 billion (€720 million) are being imported into Europe every year as weak regulation fails to stop illici(...)

A Chinese family member of a passenger on board the missing Malaysia Airlines flight screams as she is being dragged from the media conference area at a Kuala Lumpur hotel yesterday.  photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Authorities in Sepang said yesterday that they were trying to recover data deleted from a flight simulator custom-built by the pilot of the mis(...)

A sedated white rhino is blindfolded and strapped with a rope by veterinarians and rangers of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) after it was shot with a tranquilizer dart from a helicopter to be sedated in a private conservancy near Naivasha, Kenya, 30 October 2013. The horn of the rhino was cut and a GPS-tracking device was fitted to enable rangers and scientists to track the rhinos’ movements and help combat poaching. Photograph: Dai Kurokawa/EPA

American philanthropist Howard Buffett donated $24 million to South Africa’s national parks service today to fund a high-tech campaign against (...)

Kim Mordaunt with producer and wife Sylvia Wilcynski

Every now and then, a film offers us a cultural phenomenon so absurd that the viewer is forced to conclude this must be a genuine event. After(...)

The Rocket 2:17
The Rocket

In rural Laos, Ahlo survives childbirth, but his sibling does not. Tribal law demands that all twins are killed at birth – for every pair conta(...)

A man puts up a wreath outside Kunming railway station after the knife attack on Saturday that killed 29 civilians and left scores injured. Photograph: Wong Campion/Reuters

Chinese police have captured the remaining three suspects in Saturday’s knife attack on a train station in the southwestern city of Kunming tha(...)

Take a boat trip down the Mekong Delta in Vietnam
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Could you please give me some advice on a trip to Vietnam, taking in Cambodia and Laos? We are a couple, early 50s, interested in culture and histo(...)

The Lao Airlines flight crashed in the Mekong killing all 44 passengers and five crew members. Photograph: Google Maps

A Lao Airlines flight crashed into the Mekong River in southern Laos today, killing all 49 people onboard, according to a statement from the Laotian g(...)

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