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AirAsia recovery operation suspended

The Indonesian military suspends recovery operations for AirAsia flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea after repeatedly failing to lift the fuselage.
US and India can be 'best partners'

President Barack Obama says the US and India should "stand together" as he concludes a three-day visit seen as a sign of warming ties between the two countries.
China probes 'salamander banquet'

China investigates allegations that officials ate a rare giant salamander at a lavish banquet, and that journalists who took photos were beaten up.
Widodo vows no death row amnesty

Indonesia's president says there will be "no amnesty" for drug traffickers facing the death penalty, despite Australian appeals over its citizens.
South Korea swimmer fails dope test

South Korea's first Olympic swimming gold medallist Park Tae-hwan fails a doping test, with his management blaming a chiropractic injection.
Indian cartoonist RK Laxman cremated

The funeral of legendary Indian cartoonist RK Laxman is held with state honours in the western city of Pune.
Appeal for Pakistan governor killer

A Pakistani court holds its first hearing for three years in the appeal case of Mumtaz Qadri, self-confessed assassin of Punjab governor Salman Taseer.
Qantas ups fares after surcharge cut

Australia's national carrier Qantas will axe fuel surcharges on international ticket prices, but will raise base air fares to compensate for the cut.
Australia 'hot days may double'

The annual number of very hot days in inland Australia could more than double in 75 years, according to a climate change forecast by Australian science agency CSIRO.
UK minister makes Taiwan watch gaffe

A UK government minister apologises after giving a watch to the mayor of Taipei, not realising it was a taboo act in Chinese culture.
US urges 'more inclusive' Thailand

The most senior US envoy for East Asia says Thai politics should be "more inclusive", as he makes the highest-level visit since last year's coup.
Philippine police killed in clashes

Dozens of police commandos are killed as they storm a village controlled by Islamist rebels in Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, say officials.
VIDEO: 'Adoring' crowd greets Obamas in India

Crowds of people, including many students, greeted Barack and Michelle Obama on their final day of their trip to India.
VIDEO: East meets West in India

Around half of India's population is under the age of 25 but do younger people want to change Indian society or do they want to hold onto more traditional values?
VIDEO: Soldiers accused as teachers murdered

The Burmese government say investigations are continuing into the rape and murder of two teachers last week.
VIDEO: Meet the PE teacher who carries a gun

Teachers at some schools in north-western Pakistan have been told they can take guns into school to protect students.
VIDEO: Obama 'chews gum' during India parade

Seema Sirohi of Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations spoke to the BBC about widespread media reaction to footage appearing to show the American president chewing gum during the parade.
VIDEO: Tight security for Obama's India visit

US President Obama is visiting India and attending their Republic Day parade where security is tight.
VIDEO: Badminton hero on doping claim

Malaysia's national hero, Lee Chong Wei, says he will retire from the sport of badminton if he is given a two-year suspension for allegedly doping.
China media: High abortion rate

Papers in China express concern over high abortion rates among young women and call for better sex education.
Indian media: Voice of 'Common Man'

Tributes pour in for legendary cartoonist RK Laxman who died at the age of 94.
Turkmenistan 'bans black cars'

Customs officials in the Central Asian country say people should buy white cars instead.
India PM dons pinstripe 'name suit'

Pinstripes on Narendra Modi's traditional bandhgala suit were actually tiny letters spelling out his name
Abbott wins Australian cricket award

Sean Abbott is named Australia's young cricketer of the year two months after his delivery led to the death of Phillip Hughes.
England set for India showdown

England and India will meet for a place in the tri-series final after Australia's game against India was washed out.
Dalian Wanda invests $1bn in Sydney

Chinese property giant Dalian Wanda is set to invest $1bn (667m) in a real estate development near Sydney Harbour.
China blocks virtual network use

China has blocked several popular services that let citizens skirt state censorship systems and reach banned sites.
Li Ka-shing set to buy O2 for 10bn

Asia's richest person Li Ka-shing confirms his company is offering to buy Britain's second-largest mobile provider O2 for up to 10.25bn ($15.4bn).
England 'making excellent progress'

Assistant coach Paul Farbrace is looking forward to seeing England's players perform "under real pressure" against India.
India Uber resumes services in Delhi

The web-based taxi firm Uber restarts operations in Delhi, six weeks after it was banned over charges that one of its drivers raped a passenger.
India's comic 'super hero' rape survivor

A new comic book with a female rape survivor as its "super hero" is being launched in India to focus attention on sexual violence, writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi.
Philippines 'hid homeless from Pope'

The government in the Philippines is facing calls for an inquiry after it temporarily relocated homeless people during Pope Francis' visit.
Lawyer: US 'will clear David Hicks'

The US accepts that the former Guantanamo inmate, Australian David Hicks, is innocent, his lawyer tells local media.
Thai ex-PM banned from politics

Thai authorities ban former PM Yingluck Shinawatra from office for five years and launch criminal charges that could see her jailed.
Pakistan in power supply vow

Pakistan works to restore power after a suspected rebel attack at the weekend causes a huge blackout across the country.
Sri Lanka seizes state vehicle fleet

Sri Lankan police say they have discovered dozens of luxury vehicles used by the regime of toppled former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Anger over Pakistan fuel shortages

Pakistan's leader Nawaz Sharif pulls out of the World Economic Forum meeting in Switzerland amid growing anger over nationwide fuel shortages.
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Pakistan's 'weaponised' teaching

Pakistan's desperate measures to protect schools
RK Laxman: Cartoonist behind India's 'Common Man'

The man behind India's iconic cartoon
Abbott's Prince Philip 'Knightmare'

Media bewildered by move to honour Prince Philip
Is Thailand's 'phoney war' over?

Impeachment of ex-Thai PM Yingluck is a major step
Passport art to go on show

Aboriginal painting from Australian passport comes to London
In pictures: Australia Day 2015

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VIDEO: Laughing the Indian America way

A comedian's take on India US relations
China week: Football dreams

Football dreams and lessons from Zhou
Afghan cabinet's birthing troubles

Why Afghanistan still has no government
Five things Delhi is doing to keep Obama safe

How India will keep Obama safe
Myanmar and its vitriolic monk

How can Wirathu be tolerated in Myanmar?

 



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