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Baby dugong.

Smiley orphaned dugong dies after ingesting plastic

Eight-month-old Marium captured hearts across the world.

Watch: Ivanka Trump joins a conversation at the G20 summit.

Internet cringes at Ivanka Trump muscling into G20 conversation

The 37-year-old accompanied her father to the summit despite having no diplomatic experience.

As many as half of China's breeding pigs have either died from African swine fever or been slaughtered because of the spreading disease.

Half of China's breeding pigs believed dead from swine fever

Farmers say the death toll is much higher than official estimates.

The population is set to hit 10 billion by 2060.

Is the world full, nearly full - or past the point of no return?

The population is set to hit 10 billion by 2060.

The discovery suggests humans used cannabis to experience psychoactive effects 2500 years ago.

Earliest evidence of humans getting high from cannabis discovered in 2500yo tombs

"It's a real indication of how long humans have been manipulating cannabis."

Watch: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China.

Hong Kong leader apologises over extradition bill

Almost two million protesters have demanded Carrie Lam's resignation.

Tens of thousands of protesters block the streets in Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of protesters swarm Hong Kong

Roads have been blocked in the mass demonstration against a proposed extradition law.

BERLIN - MAY 16:  Escort girls await customers at Berlin's exclusive Night Club Bel Ami on May 16, 2006 in Berlin, Germany. Escort girls across Germany are anticipating booming business in June as soccer fans from around the world will descend upon the country for the World Cup.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Hundreds of suspected sex workers stopped at NZ border

But that still isn't stopping them from coming here.

Watch:  File footage of 1989 Tiananmen Square protests ahead of 30th anniversary. Image: Candlelit vigil in Beijing last year for 29th anniversary.

US calls on China to free human rights prisoners

US calls on Beijing to mark 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square by freeing human rights prisoners.

A phone charger

Thai man electrocuted while charging his phone

The latest incident follows a string of electrocutions caused by charging phones.

Watch: Jacinda Ardern doubles down on NZ's 'independent foreign policy'.

NZ influence surges thanks to Ardern's leadership

We're one of the "most improved" countries in the Asian Power Index.

Tree-lined pathway through the forest.

Filipino students could have to plant trees before graduating if bill passes

If passed in to law the initiative aims to plant at least 175 million new trees each year.

Malaysia last year became the world's first destination for plastic waste after China banned its import.

Plastic waste from Malaysia to be sent back to countries of origin

It's the latest Asian country to reject rich countries' rubbish.

Some video games trigger the same psychological reaction as gambling.

Gaming addiction recognised by World Health Organisation

That's despite backlash from industry groups.

Image: Rescue workers operate at the site where people were injured in a suspected stabbing by a man, in Kawasaki, Japan May 28, 2019.

Mass stabbing at Japanese bus stop

Two children and an adult are dead after a man began randomly slashing at people.

Watch: A study found New Zealanders are over-consuming antibiotics.

'Dangerous levels of antibiotics' found in world's rivers

A "scary and depressing" new global study bears bad news about antibiotic resistance.

The Sultan of Brunei

Brunei says it will not enforce gay sex death penalty

It is unusual for the sultan to respond to criticism.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA - APRIL 21: An inside view of the St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade in Colombo, Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. According to reports at least 129 people killed and over 200 injured in blasts during the Easter Sunday service at churches and hotels as worshippers attended Easter services. (Photo by Chamila Karunarathne/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Persecution of Christians reaches genocide levels

Christianity is at risk of disappearing in the Middle East.

Brunei has refused to back down on its extreme anti-gay laws.

Brunei defends stoning homosexuals to death in letter to EU

The southeast Asian country is refusing to back down on their anti-gay laws.

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India shaken by strong quake

It could be felt across the border in Tibet.