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US envoy to South Korea attacked

US ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is injured when a man slashes him with a razor in the capital, Seoul.
Bishop offers Bali Nine prisoner swap

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop offers prisoner swap in last-ditch attempt to save two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia.
India vows rapist interview inquiry

India's home minister promises an inquiry into how a TV crew was allowed to interview a death-row prisoner convicted over the Delhi 2012 gang rape and murder.
WW2 'Japan battleship wreck found'

US billionaire Paul Allen announces he has discovered the famous WW2 Japanese battleship, Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk.
Australia announces Eurovision singer

Former Australian Idol winner and X Factor judge Guy Sebastian will be Australia's first ever entrant in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Indian AAP sidelines founder members

Indian anti-corruption party AAP sidelines two of its founder members, amid feuding following its Delhi election win last month.
China military budget 'to rise 10%'

China's military budget will rise by about 10% in 2015, an official says, in another double-digit increase.
Prince condemns illegal ivory trade

Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading and calls for more international help in a speech on the final day of his tour of China.
Royal hoax station committed crime

A radio station broke the law by broadcasting a hoax call with a nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court rules.
Palmer apology over suicide comment

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer apologises for telling Australian PM Tony Abbott to "commit suicide" during press conference.
India surprises with second rate cut

The Reserve Bank of India cuts its key interest rate, in a surprise move for the second time this year.
Colombia stops Chinese arms ship

The Colombian authorities arrest the captain of a Chinese ship on its way to Cuba after finding undeclared gunpowder and cannon shells aboard.
VIDEO: Pakistan's elite female fighting force

Women from the most conservative region of Pakistan are training to fight the Taliban on the frontline.
VIDEO: The 'Alcatraz of Indonesia'.

The BBC looks at the prison, which has been called 'the Alcatraz of Indonesia' - where two Australians, expected to face execution this week, have been transferred.
VIDEO: Plane left nose-down on Nepal runway

A group of airline passengers in Nepal had a lucky escape after their plane skidded off a runway in dense fog.
VIDEO: Pakistan 'holds the key to talks'

Pakistan's defence minister has told the BBC that his country will do whatever it can to bring the Afghan-Taliban to talks with Afghanistan's government.
VIDEO: India's mass sterilisation drive

Operating conditions are often very poor but demand is rising for sterilisation operations in India, driven by cash incentives from the state.
VIDEO: Tourists flock to Japan's Cat Island

Tourists from around Japan have been flocking to a tiny fishing community, to see what has been nicknamed Cat Island.
VIDEO: Grim remains of MH17 shown

All 298 people on board MH17 died when the airliner crashed in eastern Ukraine on 17 July, close to the border with Russia.
China media: Military parade

People are "excited" by planned military parade marking the end of World War II, papers say.
Indian media: Kashmir's 'dreams'

Coalition partners urged to forget their differences for peace in Kashmir.
World's oldest person turns 117

Misao Okawa is celebrating her birthday in Japan and says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time.
Singapore 'world's priciest city'

For the second year running, Singapore tops the list as the world's most expensive city to live in, says the Economist Intelligence Unit.
Australia win with record Cup score

Australia post a World Cup record total as they beat Afghanistan by the biggest winning margin in the tournament's history.
Pakistan earn routine win over UAE

Pakistan cruise to a 129-run win over the UAE in Napier to boost their hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.
Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.
'Birth tourism' hotels raided in US

US agents raid more than a dozen hotels that cater mostly to Chinese women who want their children to be born US citizens.
China bus plunge kills opera troupe

Twenty members of a Chinese opera company are killed and 13 injured after their tour bus plunges off a cliff in Henan province.
Xiaomi launches cheap action camera

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has launched a cheap action camera that costs only 399 yuan (41).
Target to cut several thousand jobs

US retail giant Target plans to cut several thousand jobs as it tries to slash $2bn (1.3bn) in costs over the next two years.
Delhi police block gang rapist film

Police in India secure a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row.
India's Maharashtra state bans beef

The Indian president approves a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.
Myanmar students defy police

Hundreds of students protesting against an education bill in Myanmar have defied an order to disperse despite being surrounded by police.
Canadian 'missing in North Korea'

A pastor from a Canadian church has failed to return from a humanitarian visit to North Korea, an official from his church says.
North Korea lifts Ebola travel ban

North Korea will once again allow tourists into the country after four months of severe restrictions to prevent the spread of Ebola.
Pakistan anti-vaccine parents held

Hundreds of parents are arrested in north-west Pakistan for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated against polio.
Afghan president sacks police chiefs

Twenty-seven senior Afghan police officers are sacked as part an anti-corruption drive by President Ashraf Ghani.
New avalanches strike Afghanistan

Fresh avalanches hit Afghanistan's Panjshir valley closing off areas already difficult to reach, local officials say, after the death of scores of people.
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The man protecting China's elephants

The man protecting China's elephants and their home
Why India gang-rape film row is extraordinary

Biswas: Why film row is extraordinary
In pictures: Nepal plane crash

Turkish Airlines jet crash lands at Nepal airport
Why has the Nobel Peace Prize chairman been demoted?

Does China benefit from Nobel Peace chairman's demotion?
'Tomboy, I wear glasses, look dorky'

The woman who attracted proposals through honesty
Budget boost for China's military comes with shake-up

Why military budget boost comes with shake-up
China's Tube crush

How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing
Rebooting innovation in Japan

What has happened to Japan's inventors?
Kashmir: Can new government provide healing touch?

Why new coalition offers reasons to be cheerful

 



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