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Malaysia still top choice for Muslim travellers: report

People enjoy the view of the city skyline along Marina Bay in Singapore (AFP)
Singapore - 

Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country's flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday.

Turkish Airlines plane skids off Nepal runway

Nepalese rescue workers check the area around a Turkish Airlines plane after it slid off the tarmac on landing at Kathmandu's international airport (AFP)
Kathmandu - 

A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it skidded off the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport on Wednesday and ended up on grassland.

Diplomats seek end to Bangladesh unrest as Zia misses court

Bangladeshi police stand guard at a special court where a trial against former Bangladesh prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia is taking place in Dhaka (AFP)
Dhaka - 

Diplomats called for an end to the violent unrest in Bangladesh as tensions rose further Wednesday when opposition leader Khaleda Zia again failed to appear at a corruption trial despite facing the threat of arrest.

Australians on Indonesia death row arrive on execution island

Indonesian police commandos escort Australian death row Andrew Chan (at the plane stairs) as he arrives in Cilacap in central Java island (AFP)
Cilacap - 

Two Australian drug smugglers were taken Wednesday to an Indonesian island where they will be executed despite frantic diplomatic efforts to save them, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Australia was "revolted" by their looming deaths. 

Western powers vow 'strong' response if major Ukraine truce violation

Kiev - 

Western leaders have called for a "strong reaction" from the international community to any major violation of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine as they seek to further pressure Russia over the conflict.

US President Barack Obama (AFP)

China raps Obama over spying after anti-terror law row

Beijing - 

Beijing on Tuesday pushed back at the US over espionage concerns, after President Barack Obama criticised a Chinese anti-terror measure that would force tech firms to surrender key information to Communist authorities.

A man lays flowers at the grave of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov (AFP)

Thousands pay last respects to slain Putin critic

Moscow - 

Thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday to pay a last homage to slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, gunned down near the Kremlin in the most stunning assassination of Vladimir Putin's rule.

Pakistan and India hold first talks in a year

Islamabad - 

Pakistan and India held their first high-level talks for nearly a year on Tuesday, hailed as "positive and constructive, with the two sides agreeing to work together to address mutual concerns.

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