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Pakistan army 'kills 59 Taliban'

Pakistan's military says it has killed dozens of Taliban militants in ground assaults and air strikes near the border with Afghanistan, days after a massacre at a school in Peshawar.
Eight children found dead in Cairns

Eight children are found dead at a home in Cairns, Australia, reportedly after stabbings, with the mother of at least seven suffering stab wounds.
Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.
Appeal against Mumbai suspect bail

A Pakistani government prosecutor says he is challenging the bail granted to a man accused of being behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Sony hack is 'US security issue'

The cyber attack on Sony that forced the release of a film about North Korea to be cancelled is a national security matter, the White House says.
HK tycoon found guilty of corruption

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.
Pilot jailed over deadly China crash

A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years over a 2010 crash in Heilongjiang province that left 44 people dead.
South Korea bans 'pro-North' party

South Korea bans a political party for the first time in decades, with a court ordering a party accused of supporting the North to disband.
India's Kerala dilutes alcohol ban

Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala announce plans to dilute their earlier decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to attract tourists and protect jobs.
Apple 'failing to protect workers'

Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.
S Korea Christians scrap border tree

A South Korean Christian group cancels plans to put up a Christmas-tree shaped tower close to the border with the North, citing "jitters".
Gandhi in hospital after infection

Leader of India's main opposition Congress party Sonia Gandhi is admitted to a hospital for treatment of an infection.
VIDEO: Mourning and rage after school attack

Pupils who survived a massacre at their school in Pakistan have been paying tribute to those who died.
VIDEO: Why Pakistan pupil wears bloody uniform

The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil meets Aqif Azeem, a survivor of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, who says the militants "will not defeat us".
VIDEO: India launches largest rocket

India has successfully launched its largest rocket and an unmanned capsule which could send astronauts into space.
VIDEO: Arora: 'I took my culture with me'

Speaking from his shop and studio in Paris, Indian fashion designer Manish Arora talks about his success.
VIDEO: Burmese 'Buddha insult' trial starts

The BBC's Jonah Fisher looks at the back ground to a trial in Myanmar, also known as Burma, in which a New Zealander and two Burmese men are accused of insulting Buddhism.
VIDEO: Pakistan principal 'chose to stay'

The son of the principal who died in the Pakistan school attack says Taliban militants had made a number of threats against the army-run school.
VIDEO: Heavy snow kills five in Japan

At least five people have died following heavy snowfall and tidal surges in Japan.
China media: Obama's Cuba 'legacy'

Papers praise US president for Cuba rapprochement, calling it a memorable legacy.
Indian media: 'Outrage' over Lakhvi's bail

Shock and outrage over Pakistani court granting bail to 2008 Mumbai attacks 'mastermind'.
Fake police guard government office

A city government in China has been using security guards to pose as police officers.
Clamp found in man after 13 years

Doctors in Kazakhstan find surgical instrument left in patient's stomach more than a decade ago.
Smith ton leaves Test finely poised

Captain Steve Smith's second century in two Tests helps Australia open up a slender lead over India in Brisbane.
Carter to quit All Blacks for Racing

New Zealand's Dan Carter will end his international career to become rugby's highest-paid player by joining Racing Metro.
Pakistan cricket to donate proceeds

Pakistan donate all proceeds from Wednesday's one-day match with New Zealand to the victims of the Peshawar school massacre.
China revises up 2013 economy size

China revises up the size of its economy in 2013 by 3.4%, which works out to about the size of Malaysia's economic output.
China village 'shuns' boy with HIV

About 200 villagers in China's Sichuan province have petitioned authorities to "isolate" an HIV-positive eight-year-old, report local media.
Avon fined $135m for China bribes

Beauty company Avon has been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for paying bribes and gifts to Chinese officials.
India launches its heaviest rocket

India successfully launches its largest rocket yet and an unmanned capsule capable of sending astronauts into space.
India tribals end 'standing protest'

Tribespeople in the southern Indian state of Kerala end a 'standing protest' after the government accedes to their demands
In pictures: India's dying printing tradition

The centuries' old system of letterpress printing - involving arranging letters by hand and printing on treadle machines - is being kept alive in the Indian city of Calcutta.
Japan 'could preserve tsunami sites'

A panel in Japan puts forward a plan to protect four buildings damaged by the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, including a former elementary school.
Myanmar trial over 'Buddha insult'

A New Zealander and two Burmese men plead not guilty to charges of insulting Buddhism with a flyer for a bar event in Myanmar.
I may be the last, says Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama tells the BBC that he realises he may be the last to hold the title.
Sharif vow to end Pakistan terrorism

Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif vows to rid his country of terrorism after the Taliban killed 141 people, mostly children, at a Peshawar school.
Taliban kill 10 in Afghan bank raid

Ten people are killed and many more wounded as Taliban militants attack a bank in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, officials say.
Taliban massacre children at school

The Pakistan Taliban launch their deadliest attack ever, leaving 132 children and nine adults dead at a school in Peshawar.
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Surviving the Peshawar school massacre

The schoolboy who was shot in the head and lived
In pictures: Bangladesh oil spill clean-up

How local residents cope with Bangladesh oil spill
Xi Jinping and his China Dream

Has President Xi achieved all he hoped in 2014?
Africans in India: From slaves to reformers and rulers

Exhibition showcases role of Africans in India
Myanmar's pop-up power stations

The mobile generators boosting Myanmar's electricity supply
Is this Pakistan's watershed Taliban moment?

Has the real war on terror finally started in Pakistan?
Indian official's rage over road works becomes an online hit

Indian official's anger at shoddy construction
Social shopping takes off in Asia

The latest trend driving Asian spending sprees
Watch list questions over Sydney gunman

Watch list questions over Sydney siege gunman
VIDEO: 'Buddhist bug' art explores difference

Artist's colourful search for identity

 



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