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Plane debris to be sent to France

Debris found on an Indian Ocean island is to be sent to France to determine if it is from the missing airliner MH370, Malaysia's PM says.
Taliban pick Mullah Omar's successor

The Taliban appoint a successor to Mullah Omar and confirm that the veteran leader has died, as reported earlier by the Afghan government.
India 'to overtake China' by 2022

India is set to overtake China to become the most populous nation by 2022 - six years earlier than previously predicted, a new UN study finds.
Ai Weiwei denied six-month UK visa

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is refused a six-month visa by the British government amid claims he lied on his visa application form.
China ex-general in corruption probe

Former high-ranking Chinese army figure Guo Boxiong is expelled from the Communist Party amid corruption allegations.
Finn puts England on brink of win

Steven Finn takes 5-45 to reduce Australia to 168-7 in their second innings on the second day of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston.
India state funeral for Abdul Kalam

Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam is given a full state funeral in his native town in south India.
Court allows abortion in 'rape' case

An Indian girl of 14 who became pregnant as a result of alleged rape is allowed by the Supreme Court to undergo a late abortion.
Chung wants to be Fifa president

The major shareholder of South Korean industrial giant Hyundai wants to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.
India executes Mumbai bomb plotter

India has carried out the execution of Yakub Memon, the man convicted of financing the deadly 1993 Mumbai bombings.
Myanmar frees almost 7,000 prisoners

Myanmar releases 6,966 prisoners, including 210 foreigners, ahead of polls in November - but it is not clear if political prisoners are among those freed.
VIDEO: India and Bangladesh enclave exchange

India and Bangladesh exchange more than one 160 enclaves on Friday
VIDEO: Beijing's bid for 2022 Winter Olympics

A decision is soon to be made on who will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, with Beijing in China or Almaty in Kazakhstan the two possible options.
VIDEO: Johnny Marr on Japan's music scene

Johnny Marr, a founding member of The Smiths, says Japans music scene is "less weird" than it used to be.
VIDEO: Is Asia facing a tech bubble?

The BBC's Asia business correspondent Karishma Vaswani looks at whether the region is facing a technology bubble.
VIDEO: Mumbai bombings: Yakub Memon hanged

The Maharashtra state government confirms that Yakub Memon, convicted and sentenced for financing the 1993 Mumbai bombings, has been hanged in Nagpur.
VIDEO: Just who is Taliban's Mullah Omar?

The Taliban have confirmed that their long-time leader, Mullah Omar, is dead.
VIDEO: Experts investigate MH370 wreckage

Sixteen months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished, a piece of an aircraft has been found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
VIDEO: Driver saved passengers in Punjab siege

A bus driver has described how he stopped an armed attacker boarding his bus during a siege in India's Punjab state.
No pets or picnics on Vietnam street

Ho Chi Minh City's new pedestrian street now has a host of restrictions.
Apple 'fake factory' raided in China

A factory which officials say made up to 41,000 fake Apple iPhones is raided in China, leading to nine arrests.
Beijing expects Winter Olympics nod

Beijing hopes to be chosen the host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, despite concerns on a number of key issues, as the BBC's John Sudworth reports.
China mall blamed for escalator death

A Chinese shopping mall and the manufacturers of one of its escalators were to blame for the death of a young mother, investigators say.
Erdogan in China amid Uighur tension

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in China for a state visit, following recent tensions over the treatment of China's Uighur minority.
India-Bangladeshi enclaves ready to swap sides

India and Bangladesh are set to swap the enclaves dotting their border regions - our India Correspondent Sanjoy Majumder spoke to residents awaiting the change.
How the 1993 blasts changed Mumbai forever

Columnist Bachi Karkaria reflects on how the deadly 1993 bombings in Mumbai changed India's financial and entertainment capital forever.
India hanging sparks death penalty debate

The execution of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict reignites the debate about capital punishment in India.
Kaesong talks over N Korea wage row

South Korean businessmen are visiting the Kaesong joint industrial zone in North Korea amid a row over a unilateral wage hike.
AirAsia crash: Search called off

The search for remaining bodies from a December AirAsia plane crash in the Java Sea ends on Tuesday night, Indonesia's rescue agency confirms.
Myanmar jails 'Buddha insult' trio

A New Zealander and two Burmese men are found guilty of insulting religion in Myanmar over a poster depicting the Buddha with headphones.
Lawyer for 'Bin Laden doctor' killed

A former lawyer of the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden is shot dead in the north-western city of Peshawar.
Pakistan Christians bury blast dead

Pakistani Christians in Lahore hold funerals for victims of two Taliban suicide bomb attacks, amid heavy security in the city.
Pakistan carries out mass hangings

Pakistan hangs 12 convicts, the largest number of executions on the same day since the government overturned a temporary ban on hangings.
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Did Nepal temple ban animal sacrifice festival?

Has a Nepal temple really banned mass sacrifices?
The Taliban enter uncharted territory

Mullah Omar's replacement as Taliban chief faces tough task
Could plane debris be MH370?

Could plane debris solve the mystery of MH370?
Alarm over Cambodia 'timber grab'

Highly valuable forests are being lost in Cambodia
The 'rebirth' of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand looks forward to Rio Olympics
Taunts reignite AFL racism row

Taunts reignite AFL racism debate

 



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