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Children as young as three spend their days sitting in soot and breathing in coal dust and toxic smoke to make charcoal out of wood scavenged from rubbish dumps.
Spiders are scary in themselves, but a huge spider shedding its skin? Some might not recover. A 7-minute-long video documents the creepy phenomenon
Suicide bomber detonates himself in a crowded place in Afghan capital, killing at least 20 people and injuring several others.
Satellite images reveal that Pyongyang may be preparing to conduct a new rocket engine instead of the speculated satellite launch.
In a rare gesture, North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with rival South Korea to discuss participation in upcoming winter Olympics.
A blind woman in Thailand who admitted sharing an article critical of the monarchy on Facebook was handed a sentence of 12 to 18 months in jail.
The seaplane that crashed in Australia killing five Britons was involved a separate fatal accident more than 20 years ago.
Nine backpackers were rushed to hospital in Australia after snorting a date rape drug they mistook for cocaine.
Decision by New Delhi court paves way for take over of liquor baron Vijay Mallya's assets.
Vietnamese cops have seized $3m (£2.2m) worth of heroin smuggled inside packets of tea, the communist state's largest ever drugs haul.
Harumafuji, only the fifth non-Japanese wrestler to reach the sumo wrestling's ultimate yokozuna rank, was fined 500,000 yen for hospitalising fellow Mongolian athlete Takanoiwa.
Abe has promised to bolster Japanese defence capabilities in the wake of North Korea's "unacceptable" provocations.
It has been reported that a missile in April 2017 ended in disaster when a missile crashed into a city.
The Jet Airways pilots, a man and a woman, said to be a couple, began fighting in the cockpit soon after the the flight took off.
People have been prohibited from going within 8km of Mount Agung's volcano crater ever since it erupted in November 2017.