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China state paper warns of war over South China Sea unless U.S. backs down

Something astonishing is happening in the South China Sea, and there are satellite photos to prove it. The Chinese government has been sending construction equipment to a string of small islands in disputed waters and quietly making them bigger.

Massive India heatwave ‘kills 500’

At least 500 people are reported to have died in a heatwave sweeping India, with temperatures reaching 48C (118F) in some areas.

Scenes of devastation after 7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal

Nepal has been rattled by its worst earthquakes since 1934. Here are some images and accounts from people on the scene.