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The snow leopard is no longer considered an endangered species.

Snow leopard no longer considered an endangered species

However, experts warn this does not mean the elusive creatures are safe.

A Chinese woman gave birth while standing in the middle of the street.

Chinese woman gives birth while standing on street

She delivered the baby to the shock of onlookers.

QINGDAO, CHINA - AUGUST 22:  A Chinese woman wears a face-kini while swimming on August 22, 2014 in the Yellow Sea in Qingdao, China. The locally designed mask is worn by many local women to protect them from jellyfish stings, algae and the sun's ultraviolet rays.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Face-kini: The terrifying new Chinese trend

Yes, this is actually a thing.

philippines earthquake

Deadly and powerful Philippines quake damages buildings

The search is on for survivors and bodies.

North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test (AAP)

North Korea 'close to nuclear missile launch'

Kim Jong Un says he'll soon test long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

A beach in Mogadishu (Reuters)

Somali pirates free 26 Asian sailors after four years

Somali pirates have freed 26 Asian sailors held captive in a small fishing village for more than four years since their ship was hijacked in the Indian Ocean.


Govt to review free trade with 10 Asian countries

The Government is concerned that New Zealand exporters are facing an increasing number of non-tariff barriers in South East Asia.


Super storms are getting stronger

Typhoons hitting east and southeast Asia are getting stronger, according to a recent study from the United States.

Islam Karimov (Reuters)

Uzbek President Karimov dies aged 78

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has died after suffering a stroke at the age of 78, leaving no obvious successor to take over Central Asia's most populous nation.

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov (Reuters / file)

Uzbekistan's president critically ill after stroke

Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov is critically ill, prompting speculation that Central Asia's most populous nation is preparing for its first transfer of power since independence.

Shanghai (Photo by Simon Wong)

Top ten travel spots in Asia - Lonely Planet

The top 10 travel spots in Asia have been revealed, as judged by the Lonely Planet travel guide.


'Super Typhoon' batters Taiwan

A category five storm has slammed into the island nation of Taiwan, throwing around vehicles and sending people running for shelter.


Affordable airfares fuel increase in child abuse

A new report lays out how the rise in cheap flights has led to more sex offenders travelling to Southeast Asia to abuse children.


Child sex tourism spreads in Europe, SEA

Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine in Europe, and Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in Asia have emerged as new child sex tourism destinations.

Cownicorn (YouTube)

Cownicorn raises concerns about Uzbekistan's pollution

A cow has been born with two horns out the side of its head and a third horn extending out of its forehead.


Anzac Day marked by thousands in Asia

In sweltering temperatures amid jungle cuttings and manicured lawn cemeteries, thousands of Australians and New Zealanders will mark Anzac Day across Southeast Asia on Monday.


Pertamina eyes South China Sea areas

Energy company Pertamina plans to explore for oil and gas in areas close to Indonesia's maritime border in the South China Sea to assert the country's territorial rights, the upstream director of the state-owned company says.


North Korea 'increases nuclear capability'

North Korea can mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile, a South Korean official has said, in a new assessment of the capability of a country that conducted its fourth nuclear test this year.


Report into Asia/NZ relations shows need for greater education

The gap between New Zealanders' knowledge of Asia and our contentedness with Asian people can be addressed in schools and universities, says a senior lecturer in Auckland.


Study reveals Kiwis concerned by Asian investment

Nearly half of all Kiwis believe New Zealand is allowing too much investment from Asia.