China says it has ‘no intention’ of violating US airspace amid spy balloon row – video

China has called for calm amid a growing diplomatic row with the US over suspected spy balloons, adding that Beijing was 'verifying' the reports. It comes after the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, indefinitely postponed a planned visit to Beijing after a large balloon was spotted in US airspace. 'China is a responsible country that has always strictly abided by international laws, and it has no intention of violating the territory and airspace of any sovereign country,' the foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said.

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Suicide bombing kills worshippers at mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan – video

An explosion at a mosque in the north-western Pakistan city of Peshawar has left dozens dead and more than 100 wounded. The suicide attack occurred as more than 200 people were praying, including police officers from nearby offices. Emergency services took the wounded to hospital. Footage shows the chaos at the blast site, with much of the mosque destroyed

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Thousands stranded in Japan as cold snap engulfs Asia – video

Weather authorities in Japan and the Korean peninsula have issued warnings over freezing temperatures and gales that have killed at least one person and left thousands of people stranded. Severe cold weather has caused havoc across the region in the past fortnight. At least 124 people have died in Afghanistan, and temperatures in north-eastern China fell to -53C 

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Overjoyed Maria Ressa says ‘justice wins’ as she is cleared of tax evasion – video

Philippine Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and her news site Rappler were acquitted by a court of tax evasion charges. 'This acquittal ... is not just for Rappler, it is for every Filipino who has ever been unjustly accused,' Ressa told reporters in emotional comments outside the tax appeals court. The tax evasion case became the basis for the authorities to revoke the news site's license. Ressa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside a Russian journalist in 2021, maintained that the charges were politically motivated as the news site she ran earned a reputation for its tough scrutiny of former president Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly war on drugs

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Video appears to show plane moments before Nepal crash – video report

At least 68 people were killed when an aircraft crashed in Nepal on Sunday, an army spokesperson said, as hundreds of rescue workers scoured the hillside crash site. The wreckage was on fire and rescue workers were trying to put out the blaze, local official Gurudutta Dhakal said. A Yeti Airlines spokesperson, Sudarshan Bartaula, said there were 72 people onboard when the plane crashed between the old and new Pokhara airports in central Nepal

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Smoke rises from deadly Nepal plane crash – video

At least 40 people were killed when an aircraft crashed in Nepal on Sunday, a Nepal army spokesperson said, as hundreds of rescue workers scoured the hillside crash site.

The wreckage was on fire and rescue workers were trying to put out the blaze, local official Gurudutta Dhakal said.

A Yeti Airlines spokesperson, Sudarshan Bartaula, said there were 72 people onboard when the plane crashed between the old and new Pokhara airports in central Nepal

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Vladimir Putin expects Xi Jinping to make state visit in spring – video

The Russian president has said he expects his Chinese counterpart to make a state visit to Russia next spring, in what would be a public show of solidarity from Beijing amid Russia's flailing military campaign in Ukraine.

In introductory remarks from a video conference between the two leaders, broadcast on state television on 30 December, Putin said: 'We are expecting you, dear Mr Chairman, dear friend, we are expecting you next spring on a state visit to Moscow.'

Putin said the visit would 'demonstrate to the world the closeness of Russian-Chinese relations'


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Deadly fire engulfs Cambodian casino on border with Thailand – video

At least 10 people have died and dozens have been injured in a fire at a venue near the border between Cambodia and Thailand. Hundreds of rescue workers from both countries struggled to contain the blaze that reportedly started on the third floor of the Grand Diamond City hotel and casino in Poipet

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More than 200 vehicles collide in fog on bridge in China – video

One person has been killed after more than 200 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on a bridge in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou in heavy fog, according to rescuers and CCTV footage from the state broadcaster.

Many of those injured were trapped in their vehicles and the fire department sent 11 fire trucks and 66 fire rescue personnel to help, state media reported.

Visibility in many areas was less than 500 metres on Wednesday morning and down to 200 metres at times, the meteorological service said

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‘No place for education’: Afghan professor tears up diplomas on live TV – video

A Kabul university professor appears to tear up his university diplomas on live TV in Afghanistan. In a clip from Tolo TV, the man, identified by Afghan journalists as university lecturer Ismail Mashal, says in Dari: “If my sister and my mother can’t study, then I do not accept this education,” before ripping up his diplomas in front of the camera.

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Afghan women protesting Taliban university ban report being arrested and beaten – video

People have marched outside Kabul University in Afghanistan's capital against the Taliban's decision to ban female students from university. Women marched the streets shouting 'everyone or no one' after the ban was announced by the higher education minister on Tuesday. In a clip obtained by the Associated Press, one woman said authorities used force to disperse the crowds in Kabul, 'whipping' and 'arresting' women who were demonstrating

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Afghanistan: protests outside universities after ban on female students – video

A protest broke out at a university in the eastern city of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, following the Taliban's decision to ban female students from higher education. Men and women held signs and chanted outside the school on the day the ban started. The decision was announced through a letter to private and government universities by the higher education minister, just three months after thousands of students sat entrance exams

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Thai navy warship sinks in rough waters amid search for survivors – video

The HTMS Sukhothai warship suffered an engine malfunction and capsized about 32km (20 miles) from Bang Saphan District in central Thailand. An overnight rescue mission in bad weather secured 73 of the 106 people aboard, with the remaining 33 missing, said authorities. The Sukhothai, a US-built corvette in use since 1987, was hit by strong waves and high winds, leading to the hull becoming flooded with seawater

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Thick smoke at scene of deadly fuel tanker explosion in Afghanistan – video

At least 19 people were killed and 32 injured when a fuel tanker exploded in a tunnel north of the Afghan capital, Kabul, a local official said. The Salang tunnel, about 80 miles north of Kabul, was built in the 1960s to assist the Soviet invasion. It is a key route linking the country’s north and south. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion

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