Tommy Schaefer has confessed to killing his girlfriend's mother at a luxury resort on the Indonesian island of Bali, while Heather Mack has admitted helping stuff the body into a suitcase. -AFP
Tens of thousands of people fled roof-high floods and one girl drowned in the Philippine capital on Friday as another vicious storm swept across the disaster-plagued country. -AFP
A set of panda triplets, known as the world's only surviving trio, have opened their eyes for the first time more than a month after their birth in a Chinese zoo. -AFP
Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi. -AFP
Lured by the promise of profit from smuggling the new iPhones into China, opportunists joined the thousands of Apple Inc fans lining up to buy the devices. -Reuters
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye for a summit meeting in a letter handed over on Friday. -Reuters
Chinese online retail giant Alibaba is poised for a record-breaking stock market debut on Friday, with shares priced at $86 in a public offering that could be valued at $31.7 billion. -AFP
Residents on the Thai island where two British tourists were brutally murdered have pooled their funds into a reward for clues about the killers. -AFP
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced the British former head of drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's China operations and other ex-officials to between two and four years in prison. -AFP
A former senior economic planning officer charged with bribery in China will face trial next week, state media said Friday. -AFP

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