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GSK fined $490m by China for bribery

China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.
Australia boosts parliament security

Security is being upgraded at the Australian parliament following "chatter" suggesting extremists could target it for attack, the PM says.
China tennis star Li Na retires

China's sporting hero Li Na announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems.
Japan to restart whaling programme

Japan vows to restart its Antarctic whaling programme next year despite an International Whaling Commission vote that the hunt is illegal.
Alibaba sets share price at $68

Chinese online giant Alibaba prices its shares $68 ahead of the start of trading on Friday, making it one of the biggest stock market listings ever.
Manila floods: Thousands evacuated

Thousands of people are evacuated in the Philippine capital Manila and nearby provinces as tropical storm Fung-Wong brings floods.
Indian-American named as India envoy

US President Barack Obama names Richard Verma as the next ambassador to India, the first Indian-American to step into that role.
Musician 'Mandolin' Srinivas dies

Well-known Indian classical musician 'Mandolin' Srinivas dies in a hospital in the southern city of Chennai after a brief illness.
'Bikini killer' convicted of murder

A court in Nepal convicts one of the world's most notorious alleged con-men and serial killers, Charles Sobhraj, of a second murder.
India to build Nepal power plant

Nepal's government endorses plans for Indian firm GMR to build the country's biggest hydro-power plant.
India and China sign landmark deals

India and China sign 12 agreements, one of which will see China investing $20bn in India's infrastructure over five years.
Spy claims over absent China envoy

A Chinese newspaper calls for clarification about China's envoy to Iceland, who has gone missing amid rumours he was a Japanese spy.
VIDEO: India and China sign landmark deals

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping is on a three day visit to India hosted by the new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.
VIDEO: Fijians cast first votes since 2006

Voting ends in the first election in Fiji since former military ruler Frank Bainimarama took power in a coup in 2006.
VIDEO: China’s online shopping revolution

The Chinese internet giant Alibaba is set to raise billions on the US stock exchange and is expected to be one of the biggest share offerings in history.
VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor

Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan.
VIDEO: Chief defends Kashmir flood response

The top official in Indian-administered Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, defends the response to the region's worst flooding in decades, which have killed more than 200.
VIDEO: Examining a rare colossal squid

Scientists have had the extremely rare chance to examine an intact colossal squid after it was accidentally caught in the Antarctic, as Mauricio Olmedo-Perez reports
VIDEO: Bangladesh death sentence commuted

Bangladesh's Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence given to Islamist Delwar Sayeedi to life imprisonment.
China media: Scottish referendum

Chinese papers see the Scottish vote as a sign of the UK's weakness.
Indian media: Scottish referendum

Will the referendum fuel calls for a similar exercise in Indian-administered Kashmir?
'Eleven Jinping' TV anchor fired

Indian state TV fires an anchor who referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as "Eleven" Jinping, apparently confusing his name with Roman numerals.
Two Indians win Ig Nobel awards

Two Indian scientists win prizes at this year's Ig Nobel awards for their offbeat research work.
China trial for Uighur academic

Prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti goes on trial for separatism in China's far western region of Xinjiang.
US military contractors hit by hacks

A US Senate report suggests hackers associated with the Chinese government broke into computers of airlines and ships.
China 'injects $81bn' into top banks

China's central bank is said to be injecting 500bn yuan ($81bn; £50bn) into the five biggest state-owned banks to counter slowing growth.
Al-Qaeda India delusional, says Modi

Indian PM Narendra Modi dismisses al-Qaeda's plan to set up an Indian branch, saying that the group was "delusional" to think that Indian Muslims would heed its call.
Indian villagers mourn dead monkey

Nearly 200 Indian villagers shave their heads to try to ward off bad luck as they mourn the death of a monkey from their local temple.
In pictures: 'Pellet guns' maim Kashmir protesters

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir are increasingly using non-lethal weapons to quell protests, but these guns are causing serious injuries to protesters and bystanders.
Fiji coup leader ahead in poll

Fiji's former military leader, Frank Bainimarama, looks on course to win a majority in the first polls in the island nation in eight years.
Thai PM sorry for bikini comment

Thailand's PM apologises for suggesting tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack unless they were unattractive after two UK holidaymakers were killed.
Taiwan in tougher food penalties

Taiwan's government says it will impose harsher penalties for food safety violations after a "gutter oil" scandal.
Bangladesh death sentence commuted

Bangladesh's Supreme Court commutes Islamist leader Delwar Sayeedi's death sentence for crimes in the 1971 independence war to life imprisonment.
Tardy ex-minister chased off plane

Irate passengers prevent a senior Pakistani politician from boarding a flight, after they were kept on board for two hours until he arrived.
China's Xi to sign Sri Lanka accords

Chinese President Xi Jinping describes Sri Lanka as a "splendid pearl", before arriving to sign more than 20 co-operation accords en route to talks in India.
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China Week: Scotland, litter and Li Na

Carrie Gracie on what's made headlines
Li Na: China's trailblazing tennis star

Trailblazing tennis star Li Na's legacy
Who are Australia's radicalised Muslims?

Who are Australia's radicalised Muslims?
VIDEO: What is Alibaba? In 60 seconds

Your 60-second primer on the Chinese e-commerce giant
Uzbek first daughter hires PR help

London firm batting for fallen Uzbek first daughter
India's farmers turn to technology

India's farmers turn to tech to cope with climate change
What will Alibaba do with $25bn?

What will Alibaba do with $25bn?
In pictures: Mayon volcano rumbles

Evacuations begin as Mayon volcano rumbles back to life
Volunteers wade into Kashmir floods to rescue thousands

Volunteers wade into Kashmir floods to rescue thousands

 



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