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Myanmar in rare multi-party talks

Myanmar's president holds rare roundtable talks with the opposition, military and ethnic groups, as the US calls for "credible" elections next year.
Lawsuit over Malaysia missing plane

Two children whose father was on Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared file a lawsuit against the airline and Malaysia's government.
China makes 'biggest cash haul'

Anti-corruption investigators in China confirm the finding of the equivalent of $33m in cash at an official's home - the biggest such haul to date.
Three held over India bank heist

Police in India say they have arrested three people who they suspect robbed a bank by digging a 125-foot (40-metre) tunnel straight into the vault.
Beijing bans Halloween on metro

Beijing police say people wearing Halloween-themed fancy-dress on the city's metro could face arrest, state media report.
Nikkei leads Asia up after BOJ move

Japan led Asian shares higher after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) surprised markets by announcing more stimulus measures to boost the economy.
China executes toddler-thrower

A court in China executes a man who killed a two-year-old girl in Beijing following a parking space row with her mother.
India bans official luxury travel

India's government bans first class air travel for bureaucrats, meetings in five-star hotels and purchases of cars in tough austerity measures.
Australia ends sanctions on Fiji

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says she is committed to "normalising" relations between Australia and Fiji after the nation's elections last month.
India's Bangalore changes name

India's technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Bengaluru from Saturday, exactly eight years after the state first proposes it.
Australia urged to send Ebola medics

Tony Abbott comes under more pressure for not sending health workers to Africa to help fight Ebola after the US offers to care for any who get sick.
ANZ bank announces record profit

One of Australia's biggest lenders, ANZ, announces a record full-year net profit of A$7.3bn ($6.4bn, 4bn), up 15% from a year earlier.
VIDEO: Stories of Sri Lankan survivors

Following devastating landslides in Sri Lanka, Yogita Limaye visits a shelter and hears the stories of some of the survivors.
VIDEO: Wong's journey from Hollywood to Asia

China's box office has been raking in more than $3bn since last year, which is why Hollywood actor Russell Wong finds himself working more in Asia than in LA.
VIDEO: Hello Kitty shrine in Singapore

The BBC's Lucas de Jong found one place in Singapore where interior designer Terry Goh has spent seven years making Hello Kitty the centre of attention.
VIDEO: The dancers who light up the stage

The Japanese dance group using wearable technology to lighten up their act.
VIDEO: Inside India bank robbers' tunnel

Indian police are hunting for thieves who tunnelled into a bank and fled with valuables worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
VIDEO: Becoming a mother at 70 in India

The BBC's Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.
VIDEO: Acid attack survivors' refuge

Musarat Misbah, the owner of a chain of beauty parlours in Pakistan, has set up a charity to help care for acid attack survivors whom she also employs in the salons.
China media: US quantitative easing

Media say the end of the US QE stimulus will have minimal effect on China.
Indian media: Patel anniversary

Anniversary celebrations for independence leader Sardar Patel spark political controversy.
Chinese 'tomb raiders' arrested

Eleven people are accused of exhuming bodies for use in ritual 'ghost marriages'.
Japan princess back in public eye

Japan's Crown Princess Masako - who has been hit by a stress-related illness - attends a banquet for Dutch royals, her first such appearance in 11 years.
Younus hits third successive century

Younus Khan hits a third successive hundred as Pakistan close day one of the final Test with Australia on 304-2.
China denies shutting foreign sites

The director of China's internet regulator admits that some foreign websites cannot be visited but denies shutting them down.
Top China body axes Hong Kong tycoon

Members of China's top political advisory body have voted to kick out Hong Kong tycoon James Tien for his criticism of Chief Executive CY Leung.
Baidu misses profit predictions

Profits and revenues from Baidu, often called "China's Google", miss analysts' profit forecasts.
Kerala court upholds alcohol ban

The high court in India's Kerala state upholds a plan to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.
India's Gujarat braces for cyclone

Authorities in Gujarat begin evacuating tens of thousands of people as a powerful cyclone heads for the western coast.
Indian man arrested for being gay

Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested in Bangalore after his wife realised he was gay and reported him, the BBC's Imran Qureshi reports.
Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers

A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.
Groups condemn Singapore gay ruling

Human rights groups criticise a Singapore court's decision that a law banning gay sex is constitutional, saying it "tramples on basic rights".
Taiwan officials in China study ban

Taiwan bans its senior government officials from higher studies in mainland China, citing "national security" reasons.
Hopes fade for S Lanka mudslip victims

Hopes are fading for victims of a landslide which may have buried more than 100 people at a tea plantation in central Sri Lanka.
Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader

The head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the independence war against Pakistan.
Afghan president begins China visit

Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, makes his first visit to China where investment is likely to be high on the agenda.
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Hong Kong protests: Photo booth

Photo booth captures Hong Kong's protest movement
VIDEO: The right to kiss in India?

Thousands pledge to defy India's 'moral police'
Love to Patrick

The official who enraged his boss by sending 'Love to Patrick'
The blind man leading the blind orchestra

The blind maestro leading an all-blind orchestra
Is Australia still the Lucky Country?

Fifty years on, does bleak assessment still apply?
Is it a golden age for Chinese cinema?

Will Chinese films be the next big blockbusters?
The salon for acid attack victims

How a salon is helping acid attack victims start again
Anzacs' sacrifice remembered 100 years on in Albany

Australian town marks the Anzacs who left for war
The older Indian women having children

Why Indian women risk motherhood in old age
High Australian real estate prices lead to bubble fears

Why owning a home may be out of reach
When 'honour' is a toxic word

When honour is a toxic word

 



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