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Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court

A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited.
Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead

A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.
First transplant of 'dead' heart

Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".
Daniel Pearl murder suspect released

One of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, beheaded in 2002, is set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.
Hindu activists 'attack India cafe'

Members of the governing BJP's youth wing vandalise a coffee shop, decrying meetings there between boys and girls.
HK protesters to vote on proposals

Protest leaders in Hong Kong are to ballot their supporters over whether to accept the government's proposals and end their occupation of the city.
China 'punishes 17' for deadly clash

Chinese authorities have arrested one official and punished 16 others following a deadly clash in a Yunnan village, state media say.
US firm fine for underpaying Indians

US authorities penalise a Silicon Valley company for "grossly underpaying" eight workers brought over from India for a special project.
Quetta mourns attacks on Shias

Markets are shut and lawyers are on strike after a day of violence across the Pakistani city of Quetta, which left at least 13 dead.
Mortar fire on Pakistan-Iran border

Pakistani and Iranian forces have exchanged mortar fire, in the latest incident between the two countries along their porous border.
Briton in Thai cosmetic surgery death

A British woman understood to have gone to Thailand for cosmetic surgery has died in an operation, Thai officials say.
Qantas back on track to profit

Australia's troubled national carrier Qantas says it is on course to deliver its first pre-tax profits this year in the three months to September.
VIDEO: Security for polio workers in Pakistan

The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years.
VIDEO: Pakistan 2015 polio eradication hopes

Pakistan's polio guru, Ayesha Farooq, on the challenges the Taliban poses in eradicating the disease from the country by 2015.
VIDEO: Daily life goes on inside Kashmir

Daily life and trade is continuing in Kashmir despite the recent violence being the worst in a decade, as BBC Urdu's Shumaila Jaffery reports.
VIDEO: Can King Khan top Diwali box office?

Farah Khan's much-anticipated new film, Happy New Year, is released for Diwali.
VIDEO: Is it sinful to pet a dog?

Many people in the Muslim-majority nation of Malaysia believe it's sinful to be in contact with a dog, but one man is trying to change that perception by putting on a canine event.
VIDEO: Halal lipstick launches in India

Religious women in India who want to wear make-up no longer have to struggle to find products that suit their faith.
VIDEO: 'Australia does not have to take sides'

Australia's former foreign minister Bob Carr says it is important they remain neutral over a territorial dispute between China and Japan.
China media: Rule of law

Media in China welcome the Communist Party's pledge to fight corruption and create a law-based society.
Indian media: Modi in Kashmir

Media say the PM's trip to flood-affected Kashmir also sent a message to Pakistan.
Google doodle for India Mars mission

Google marks the success of India's Mars mission in its famous daily doodle, exactly one month after a robotic probe went into orbit around the red planet.
Thousands queue for 'meat stone'

Taiwan's unusual national treasure is heading home after a two-week foreign trip.
Windies India tour a 'wake-up call'

West Indies' decision to end their tour of India early must provoke change, says former Test bowler Ian Bishop.
Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews

Mark Zuckerberg has conducted a chat to Chinese students in Mandarin, leading to mixed reviews about his accent and pronunciation.
China-Japan talks fuel hope of thaw

Japan's deputy prime minister meets his Chinese counterpart in Beijing in a move that could pave the way for a meeting between the countries' leaders.
Hong Kong anger after Kenny G tweets then deletes

US saxophonist Kenny G angers commentators by visiting a HK protest site then deleting his tweet about it, apparently after Chinese criticism, writes Juliana Liu.
Piracy row Scot 'struggles' in India

A Scottish man trapped in India by a dispute over anti-piracy operations says he is struggling to support himself.
Indian PM's face sells fireworks

Narendra Modi has the most appealing face for Diwali fireworks buyers this year.
India boss distributes cars as gifts

A diamond merchant in India's Gujarat state gifts his employees cars, jewellery and homes worth $8m (5m) as a reward for meeting targets.
US command of S Korea troops to stay

The US will maintain control of South Korean troops in the event of war with the North, the two sides say, delaying again a long-planned command transfer.
Japan minister in sex bar funds row

Japan's new trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa is forced to defend himself after it emerged support staff spent office money at a sex club.
Japan court backs pregnant woman

Japan's Supreme Court backs a woman who unsuccessfully sued her employer following a demotion due to her pregnancy.
Deadly attacks hit Quetta city

The leader of one of Pakistan's biggest religious parties escapes as at least 13 people are killed in a spate of attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta.
Protest group ends Islamabad sit-in

Supporters of a leading anti-government cleric in Pakistan end a two-month protest in the capital Islamabad against PM Nawaz Sharif, but others remain.
Pakistan Taliban sack spokesman

The Pakistan Taliban sack their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid after he pledged allegiance to Islamic State (IS).
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China Week: Emissions, executions and broken dreams

Emissions, executions and broken dreams
The hardship posting to end all hardship postings

The hardship posting which may have inspired an English idiom
Pakistan's bewildering array of militants

Pakistan's here today, gone tomorrow militant factions
India's iconic football club facing closure

How an iconic Indian football club fell on hard times
How technology is transforming Tasmanian farms

How technology is revolutionising farming in Australia
S Korean's chocolate propaganda war

Can a chocolate pie topple North Korea?
Iran-Pakistan: Will border tensions boil over?

Iran-Pakistan border skirmishes risk spinning out of control
Camel abuse sparks outcry in China

Outcry on Chinese social media over camel abuse
China's billionaires' club

A peek inside the richest club in China
The Kashmir bus that unites families

The Kashmir bus that unites divided families
Photos capture beauty of Greenland

Australian photographer explores Greenland's ice sheet
Will coal exports kill the Great Barrier Reef?

Will coal exports kill the Great Barrier Reef?
Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea opens

Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea opens

 



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