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Military heads admit Afghan mistakes

Military leaders failed to calculate the magnitude of the conflict in Afghanistan, the former head of the British army, Gen Sir Peter Wall, tells the BBC.
Police 'worked to stop Batty killer'

Police were "working hard" to arrest an "aggressive" and "smart" abusive father who later beat his young son to death, an inquiry hears.
India's Modi to see Kashmir floods

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to arrive in Indian-administered Kashmir to see the extent of damage caused by last month's floods.
China-Japan talks fuel hope of thaw

Japan's deputy prime minister meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing in a move that could pave the way for a meeting between the countries' leaders.
Protest group ends Islamabad sit-in

Supporters of a leading anti-government cleric in Pakistan end a two-month protest in the capital Islamabad against PM Nawaz Sharif, but others remain.
Protests at HK leader's residence

Protesters in Hong Kong march to the chief executive's residence, criticising his comments against giving the poor too much political influence.
US Marine held for Philippine murder

A US Marine accused of murdering a transgender woman in the Philippines is moved to a Philippine army base, but fails to attend an initial hearing.
Indian girl, 3, 'raped' in school

Police in India investigate the alleged rape of a three-year-old girl in her school in the city of Bangalore.
S Korea takes down 'Christmas tree'

South Korea takes down a "Christmas tree" tower on the border with North Korea, but says it was for safety reasons not to appease the North.
US $7bn fails to stop opium growth

US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says.
Australia MP in court asylum appeal

An Australian lawmaker writes to the International Criminal Court asking it to investigate the Abbott government over its treatment of asylum seekers.
Briton found with throat cut in Bali

The Indonesian wife of a British man found with his throat cut on the island of Bali has admitted arranging his murder, police there tell the BBC.
VIDEO: 'Australia does not have to take sides'

Australia's former foreign minister Bob Carr says it is important they remain neutral over a territorial dispute between China and Japan.
VIDEO: Is it sinful to pet a dog?

Many people in the Muslim-majority nation of Malaysia believe it's sinful to be in contact with a dog, but one man is trying to change that perception by putting on a canine event.
VIDEO: Halal lipstick launches in India

Religious women in India who want to wear make-up no longer have to struggle to find products that suit their faith.
VIDEO: Whitlam: 'A radical politician'

The former Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam has died at the age of ninety-eight.
VIDEO: China's crackdown on corruption

A high profile campaign against corruption and bribery by the Chinese ruling Communist Party has gained huge public support.
VIDEO: Robot dragon versus giant spider

Two mythical creatures, a giant spider and a huge dragon, have faced one another in battle at Beijing's Olympic Park.
VIDEO: Running a marathon in a smog mask

The Chinese capital has been suffering under heavy smog for the past few weeks, but the 34th edition of the Beijing marathon still went ahead on Sunday.
China media: Economic slowdown

Media express confidence in the Chinese economy despite slowdown.
Indian media: Diwali 'politics'

PM Narendra Modi's Kashmir visit on Diwali is criticised as a political gesture
Honey smugglers sent packing

Foreign honey and pollen could devastate New Zealand's honey industry, experts say.
Organic genderless gingerbread debated

A gender-neutral treat on sale in Australia has provoked an outcry online.
Cheika named coach of Australia

New South Wales Waratahs boss Michael Cheika is named as the new coach of the Wallabies by the Australian Rugby Union.
India suspend tours to West Indies

India suspend all future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision to abandon their tour of India last week.
Kenny G visits Hong Kong protests

US saxophonist Kenny G visits Hong Kong protest sites, prompting Beijing to repeat its warning for foreigners to stay out of domestic affairs.
China denies backing iCloud hack

The Chinese government has denied reports that it was involved in an attempt to steal user data from iCloud accounts.
China growth slows to five-year low

China's economy grows at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis, causing speculation the government may introduce more stimulus measures.
Windies India tour a 'wake-up call'

West Indies' decision to end their tour of India early must provoke change, says former Test bowler Ian Bishop.
UK couple found dead in Indian hotel

A UK couple in their twenties are found dead in a hotel room in the Indian city of Agra.
Police guard for India film release

A film is set to be released in India's southern Tamil Nadu state under police protection after some groups protested against it.
Sydney academic takes site to court

Prof Barry Spurr has taken the New Matilda website to court after it published several of his emails that contained sexist and racist comments.
Pair retract Thai murder confessions

Two Burmese men accused of killing British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller in Thailand have retracted their confessions, lawyers say.
Thai accused of dead king insult

Two retired army officers complain about comments made by academic Sulak Sivaraksa about King Naresuan, who died more than 400 years ago
Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman

The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).
Nepal plans tighter rules on treks

Officials in Nepal plan to introduce tougher controls of the country's trekking industry, a week after 41 people died in blizzards.
Sri Lanka calls early elections

Sri Lanka will hold early presidential elections in January, a government minister says, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to seek a third term.
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Will coal exports kill the Great Barrier Reef?

Will coal exports kill the Great Barrier Reef?
Photos captures beauty of Greenland

Australian photographer explores Greenland's ice sheet
In pictures: India celebrates Diwali

Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival
Can a mining town survive a shutdown?

Can a mining town survive a shutdown?
The Hindu hardliners who see Modi as their own

The Hindu hardliners who see Narendra Modi as their own
Philippines feels force of China travel warning

China travel warning baffles Philippine resorts
Who wants to play Rupert Murdoch?

Australian playwright on media baron's rise to power
Hong Kong's political haircut

Politics sparks confrontation in a Hong Kong salon
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage

What floods did to Kashmir's treasured historic sites
VIDEO: Bondi Beach surfers fight depression

How a Bondi Beach surf club is tackling depression
Activists talk Hong Kong over canapés

Activists discuss Hong Kong protests over champagne

 



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