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US anger at China 'air interception'

A Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane over international waters east of China's Hainan Island, the Pentagon says.
Malaysia observes silence for MH17

Malaysians observe a moment of silence following the arrival of the bodies of 20 victims of Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine in July.
Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue

Heavy rain hampers rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 39 people, with 51 still missing.
India's Kerala to ban alcohol sales

Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.
India blocks Gandhi murder film

India blocks the release of a film on the assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi, after complaints it glorifies her killers.
Rare China death row acquittal

A man convicted of murdering two children is acquitted by China's highest court, in a rare move.
Activist Irom Sharmila re-arrested

Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for 14 years, is re-arrested two days after she was freed on a court order.
Hanged India girls' 'rape' in doubt

A forensic investigation into clothing and swabs taken after the murder and alleged gang rape of two teenage cousins in northern India concludes they were not sexually assaulted.
Thailand coup general named as PM

Thailand's junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led a coup in May, is named the new prime minister, after a parliamentary vote.
Indonesia court upholds Widodo win

Indonesia's top court upholds Joko Widodo's victory in July's presidential elections, rejecting an appeal from defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto.
I want to play for India - Chopra

Striker Michael Chopra says he wants to renounce his British citizenship after being drafted into the Indian Super League.
Imran Khan quits Pakistan talks

Talks between Pakistan's government and two protest groups are taking place, after protesters occupied a high-security zone in Islamabad.
VIDEO: Rain hampers Japan landslide search

Heavy rain is delaying a search for more than 50 people believed buried under a landslide on the edge of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
VIDEO: The week's top stories from China

The BBC's China editor Carrie Gracie looks at some of the big stories making the headlines where she is.
VIDEO: Protesters sleeping rough in Pakistan

Thousands of demonstrators are camping outside the Pakistani parliament, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of corruption.
VIDEO: Nepal floods 'worst ever seen'

More than a hundred people are known to have died in Nepal in recent flooding and landslides caused by torrential rain in the area.
VIDEO: Hanoi gardens' blooming trade

Vietnam's lotus gardens are capitalising on an increasingly popular source of revenue. In midsummer when the flowers bloom, young and old flock to the gardens to have their pictures taken.
VIDEO: Indian billionaire breaks into poem

Nadir Godrej, a top executive at one of India's biggest businesses, turns to poetry to describe the challenges facing India's economy.
VIDEO: 'Tense standoff' at Indonesia court

There has been a standoff between police and protesters in Indonesia awaiting a court decision over the presidential election result.
VIDEO: Man, 111, named world's oldest

The world's oldest man has been named as Sakuri Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in Japan.
China media: Mongolia ties

Xi Jinping is the first Chinese president to visit Mongolia in more than 10 years
Indian media: Questions over Modi's leadership

PM Narendra Modi's 'credibility undermined' as opposition chief ministers are booed in his presence.
Australian is oldest Channel swimmer

A 70-tear-old Australian man has set the record for the world's oldest person to swim the English Channel.
Fence to stem human-elephant conflict

A fence of palmyra trees is showing some success as a barrier to conflict between people and elephants in Sri Lanka.
India captain Dhoni hints he may quit

India captain Mahendra Dhoni suggests he may stand down following his side's 3-1 series defeat in England.
Chinese cult murder trial opens

The trial of a group of cult members in China who beat a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant opens in Yantai in Shandong province.
Amazon in Shanghai e-commerce pact

US online retail giant Amazon steps up its presence in China with a strategic partnership with the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
China fines 12 Japan car parts firms

China levies a record fine totalling 1.24bn yuan ($202m; 121m) on twelve Japanese car parts companies for price-fixing.
Gap goes to India for new customers

US clothing store Gap is bringing its brand to India with the aim of opening 40 outlets, and will launch the first two stores early next year.
India court stays sisters' execution

A court in India puts on hold the execution of two sisters convicted of murdering children they kidnapped and forced to beg and steal, a lawyer confirms.
India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

Legendary Indian yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who developed the Iyengar form of yoga, dies in the western city of Pune aged 95.
Arrests over PNG asylum-seeker death

Papua New Guinea police have charged two men with the murder of a man seeking asylum in Australia, Australian media reports say.
Crocodile kills Australia fisherman

A man is killed by a giant saltwater crocodile as he fished with his wife in northern Australia - the fourth fatal attack this year.
Australia-Indonesia spy rift 'ends'

Australia says it has reached an agreement with Indonesia to end a row over claims Canberra spied on the Indonesian president.
Sri Lanka visa ban 'won't stop UN'

Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says the UN investigation into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka will go ahead despite its team being denied visas.
India cancels talks with Pakistan

India cancels a meeting with Pakistan, after Pakistan's envoy consults Kashmiri separatist leaders.
Many dead in Nepal and India floods

At least 160 people are reported to have been killed in floods and landslides following days of torrential rain in Nepal and northern India.
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A writer's tale of being a drinker in Kerala

A writer's tale of being a drinker in Kerala as an alcohol ban is announced
Politicians and their shipping containers

Why every Pakistani politician needs a shipping container
Jaycee Chan and the viral video game

Jackie Chan's son and the viral video game
Xi Jinping: The heir to Deng Xiaoping?

Looking back could help cement the legacy of China's leader
Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet expectations?

Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet voters' expectations?
Secret recordings of a president's daughter

The secret recordings of a president's daughter
Rescuers comb Japan landslide site

Rescuers comb through the site of landslides triggered by rain in Hiroshima
Why India loves to ban films

Why India just loves to ban films

 



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