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India shrine: Women enter Mumbai's Haji Ali after ban ends (29/11/2016)
Women enter the inner sanctum of Mumbai's famous Haji Ali mosque after a landmark court ruling....

Japan in protest over Chinese ship (9/6/2016)
Japan lodges a protest with the Chinese ambassador in Tokyo after a Chinese ship sailed close to contested islands in the East China Sea....

Thailand marks 70 years of king's reign (9/6/2016)
Celebrations are held to mark 70 years since Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reining living monarch, came to the throne....

Court blocks Papua New Guinea protests (9/6/2016)
A university in Papua New Guinea obtains an injunction to stop protests after a number of people were hurt in a demonstration on Wednesday....

Viewpoint: Why blood transfusions are still giving Indians HIV (9/6/2016)
More than 2,000 Indians have contracted HIV while receiving blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months because of the country's poor blood safety standards, writes Chapal Mehra....

VIDEO: On a toilet 'patrol' in rural India (9/6/2016)
India's high-profile campaign to provide every household with a toilet by 2019 has hit a hurdle as people refuse to use them - so a bold new approach is being attempted....

VIDEO: 'Briton abandoned Everest peak to save me' (9/6/2016)
A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer....

Fossils show Hobbits shrank 'rapidly' (9/6/2016)
Researchers discover fossils that suggest the famous Hobbit species shrank on the Indonesian island of Flores within the space of 300,000 years....

VIDEO: 'We have overcome hesitations of history' (9/6/2016)
Narendra Modi has given a speech to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington....

Daughter 'burnt to death by mother' (9/6/2016)
Police in Pakistan arrest a woman suspected of burning her daughter to death for marrying without family consent....

Amazon to boost India investment by $3bn (8/6/2016)
Online retail giant Amazon says it will invest an additional 3bn in India, where it already employs 45,000 people....

Taliban seize dozens of hostages (8/6/2016)
The Afghan Taliban have kidnapped up to 40 people on the main road through the northern province of Kunduz, officials say....

VIDEO: Denise Ho 'shocked' after gig cancellation (8/6/2016)
The musician Denise Ho says she is "shocked" that the cosmetics company Lancome decided to cancel a promotional gig involving her in Hong Kong....

EgyptAir makes 'bomb threat landing' (8/6/2016)
An EgyptAir plane flying from Cairo to Beijing has made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan due to a bomb threat, Uzbekistan Airways says....

India kidney racket 'leader' arrested (8/6/2016)
Indian police say they have arrested the suspected leader of an illegal human kidney trading gang in one of the country's leading private hospitals....

Modi and Obama reiterate US-India ties (8/6/2016)
India and the US pledge to work "shoulder to shoulder" on issues of global concern as PM Narendra Modi meets President Barack Obama in Washington....

No internet for Singapore public servants (8/6/2016)
In a rare move, Singapore says it will restrict access to the internet for public servants starting May next year over information security concerns....

Japan economic growth revised higher (8/6/2016)
Japan's economy expanded an annual rate of 1.9% rate in the first quarter of this year, revised from a preliminary figure of 1.7%...

Daewoo Shipbuilding offices raided in SK (8/6/2016)
South Korean prosecutors raid Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering as part of an investigation into alleged accounting irregularities....

VIDEO: Why does Japan accept so few refugees? (8/6/2016)
Only 0.2% of all asylum applications are approved in Japan, compared to 30% in the UK, reports Rupert Wingfield-Hayes....

PNG police fire on student protest (8/6/2016)
Police in Papua New Guinea open fire on students protesting against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, with reports of injuries....

Tutors become part of the app culture (8/6/2016)
Tutoring technology helps tackle exam revision angst...

Pariah to friend: Narendra Modi and the US come full circle (8/6/2016)
Narendra Modi and the US come full circle...

VIDEO: Drone footage shows NZ whales from above (8/6/2016)
Footage of Bryde's whales feeding has been caught on camera....

China seeks DNA for Xinjiang passports (8/6/2016)
Police in China's north-western border region ask some residents to provide DNA samples and other biological data when applying for travel documents....

VIDEO: Cheeky monkey steals cash from jeweller's (8/6/2016)
Video has emerged which shows an adventurous monkey stealing a bundle of money, worth around US $150, from an Indian jewellery shop....

Thai king undergoes heart surgery (8/6/2016)
Thailand's 88-year-old king, the world's longest-reigning monarch, has undergone heart surgery, the Thai Royal Household Bureau says....

VIDEO: Udta Punjab producer 'not accepting cuts' (8/6/2016)
The producer of new Indian film Udta Punjab has said he will "not accept" the cuts being requested by the country's film certification board....

S Korea runs 'K-pop academy' in Mexico (7/6/2016)
Cultural centre says pop star "training" is a new way to spread Korean culture....

Jailed BBC Myanmar reporter to appeal (7/6/2016)
A BBC reporter jailed for three months with hard labour in Myanmar is to appeal against his sentence....

The Chinese lawyer who had his clothes ripped off in court (7/6/2016)
Wu Liangshu was photographed outside the Qingxiu District Court wearing only the remnants of his suit after being attacked by police in court....

Origin of mystery deep-sea mushroom revealed (7/6/2016)
Genes shed light on mysterious sea organism's origins...

Police case against Bihar exam toppers (7/6/2016)
A police complaint is filed against four toppers of school leaving exams in India's Bihar state after an inquiry found that they cheated....

VIDEO: Abandoned Japanese boy leaves hospital (7/6/2016)
A Japanese boy who was abandoned in a forest by his parents and survived for six days on his own leaves hospital....

Hindu priest murdered in Bangladesh (7/6/2016)
Suspected Islamist militants kill a Hindu priest in Bangladesh, in the third fatal attack on minorities in the past two days....

N Korea plutonium site 'active again' (7/6/2016)
North Korea appears to have restarted its nuclear facility at Yongbyon, which processes plutonium for nuclear weapons, the IAEA says....

China's students take on dreaded Gaokao (7/6/2016)
More than nine million students are sitting the Gaokao, China's national college entrance exams, said to be one of the toughest in the world....

Abandoned Japanese boy 'forgives father' (7/6/2016)
A Japanese boy who was lost for six days in dense forests after his parents left him behind has forgiven them, says his father, as details emerge of his ordeal....

Malaysians deplore 'devil' Huckle (7/6/2016)
Malaysians deplore convicted British child abuser...

VIDEO: Storm aftermath reveals pool swept away (7/6/2016)
Erosion at Sydney's Collaroy Beach, caused by the severe weather, has forced the evacuation of multi-million dollar homes....

Why a doomed love story has become India's sleeper hit (7/6/2016)
Indian Romeo and Juliet becomes sleeper hit...

If no-one helps you after a car crash in India, this is why (7/6/2016)
Fifteen people are killed on India's roads every hour - but when crashes happen, nobody wants to help....

VIDEO: The rickshaw with diplomatic plates (7/6/2016)
Why does Mexico's ambassador Delhi insist on riding everywhere in a three-wheeled auto rickshaw?...

Amazon-driven services hit by blackout (7/6/2016)
Domino's pizza app and several other online services stop working when an Amazon data centre suffers a power cut....

Mitsubishi car alarm system 'hacked' (7/6/2016)
The alarm on Mitsubishi's Outlander hybrid can be turned off via security bugs in its on-board wi-fi, researchers have found....

China moves up 'power women' list (7/6/2016)
More Chinese women than ever have been featured on Forbes magazine's 'Most Powerful Women' list, though the US dominates....

Israel blamed over Bangladesh killings (7/6/2016)
The Bangladesh home minister suggests to the BBC that Israel could be linked to a spate of killings otherwise blamed on Islamist militants....

Life for Briton over Malaysia sex abuse (6/6/2016)
British man Richard Huckle is given 22 life sentences by an Old Bailey judge, after admitting 71 charges of sexual abuse against children in Malaysia....

Chinese firm completes Inter takeover (6/6/2016)
Chinese retailers Suning Commerce Group Co Ltd agrees to buy a 68.55% controlling stake of Inter Milan....

Lancome HK faces online backlash in China (6/6/2016)
Cosmetics giant Lancome cancels a promotional concert in Hong Kong after an online backlash in mainland China over an artist apparently set to perform....

VIDEO: Indian women 'not taken seriously at work' (6/6/2016)
Women in India tell the BBC of the pressures they face, to focus on getting married and setting up a home rather than pursuing a career....

Top Indian bodybuilder dies, aged 104 (6/6/2016)
Tributes have been paid to the celebrated Indian body-builder Manohar Aich, known as "Pocket Hercules", who has died, aged 104....

VIDEO: Pakistani fashion enters London spotlight (6/6/2016)
Dozens of Pakistani designers have been showcasing their latest trends in a Pakistan Fashion Week event in London....

VIDEO: The blue treasure 'stolen' by the Taliban (6/6/2016)
Armed groups, including the Taliban, are looting Afghanistan's natural resources to the tune of millions of dollars - according to the anti-corruption group Global Witness....

Outrage to success: India comedian demonstrates Streisand effect (6/6/2016)
Indian comedian Tanmay Bhat benefited from the Streisand Effect, where an attempt to suppress something has the unintended effect of publicising it more widely....

VIDEO: Militants blamed for Bangladesh deaths (6/6/2016)
A Christian shopkeeper has been hacked to death in the north-west of Bangladesh the country....

Gunmen attack Kazakh gun shops and army (6/6/2016)
Suspected Islamist militants kill six people in attacks on two gun shops and an army unit in north-western Kazakhstan, officials say....

VIDEO: Tornado tears through China township (6/6/2016)
At least one person has died after a tornado hit a township in south China's Hainan province on Sunday....

Afghan MP killed in Kabul bomb blast (6/6/2016)
Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak is killed in a bomb explosion outside his house in the capital Kabul, local media say....

Top Bangladesh policeman's wife killed (5/6/2016)
Suspected militants in Bangladesh kill the wife of a senior police officer investigating a spate of murders committed by Islamists, officials say....

VIDEO: Summit highlights South China Sea tensions (5/6/2016)
China has said it will ignore a decision in a Philippine lawsuit against its territorial claims in the South China Sea by an international arbitration panel, which is expected to rule soon....

The India-Pakistan masterpiece that fell through the cracks (5/6/2016)
A critically acclaimed 1958 Pakistani film, boasting a "curious collaboration" with India, makes a rare appearance at last month's Cannes festival....

Kidney racket at top Delhi hospital (5/6/2016)
Indian police say they have uncovered an illegal trade in human kidneys in one of the leading private hospitals in the capital, Delhi....

Memes against marriage pressure (4/6/2016)
What Neitzche and Stalin had to say about singledom...

VIDEO: Amartya Sen on Brexit and Modi (4/6/2016)
Nobel prize winning economist Professor Amartya Sen with some tough words on Brexit and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi....

'No shorts' rule for marriage licences (3/6/2016)
Beijing will refuse to issue marriage licences to couples in casual attire....

Pakistan teacher killing suspects held (3/6/2016)
Pakistani police arrest all five suspects in the case of a teacher who was burnt to death for spurning a suitor....

VIDEO: Missing Japanese boy found alive (3/6/2016)
Seven-year-old Yamato Tanooka, missing in remote Hokkaido forest since 28 May, has been found alive and well....

The lost boy and Japan?s parenting debate (3/6/2016)
The lost boy and Japan?s parenting debate...

Rape-accused principal dodges extradition (3/6/2016)
A court in Israel says the former principal of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school for girls, accused of 74 child sex charges, is unfit to face extradition....

Japan officials raid Suzuki headquarters (3/6/2016)
Japanese investigators raid Suzuki headquarters as part of probe into the carmaker's fuel economy tests....

Twenty killed in India eviction drive (3/6/2016)
At least 20 people are killed and 40 injured in clashes between police and squatters in the northern Indian town of Mathura....

VIDEO: The old people who refuse to stop working (3/6/2016)
The pension-age waiters of Hong Kong and the granny knitters of India - age means nothing to these workers....

VIDEO: Father: 'I deeply apologise' (3/6/2016)
A seven-year-old Japanese boy has been reunited with his parents a week after being abandoned by them in a forest....

Daisy Ridley's Japanese 'obsession' (3/6/2016)
Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley reveals her passion for all things Japanese as she talks about her unusual role as an anime movie voice star....

Looking into the massacres of Indonesia's past (3/6/2016)
Looking into the massacres of Indonesia's past...

Missing Japanese boy 'found alive' (3/6/2016)
Japanese rescuers believe they have found the boy missing in woods since last Saturday after his parents left him behind as punishment....

VIDEO: The saxophone for a one-handed musician (3/6/2016)
Neill Duncan is a one-handed saxophonist who says his modified instrument gave him his life back....

VIDEO: 'I killed too many to count' (3/6/2016)
After 50 years, the Indonesian government is going to investigate one of the worst massacres of the 20th century....

Briton saves climber near Everest peak (3/6/2016)
A British ex-serviceman abandons his Mount Everest climb just metres from the summit to help save a fellow mountaineer....

Afghans hit by Pakistan border curbs (3/6/2016)
Hundreds of people remain stranded at a key border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan after Islamabad imposes stringent new border controls....

Nepal drains dangerous Everest lake (3/6/2016)
Nepal's army begins work to drain rising waters in a lake near Everest, one the highest projects of its kind....

Last journey: The migrant who lost everything (3/6/2016)
The migrant who lost everything trying to reach Greece...

'Rude' cartoon bear statue removed (3/6/2016)
Cartoon bear statue removed from outside China's securities regulator after complaints about its "middle finger" gesture....

The great replica sphinxes of China (2/6/2016)
A huge replica sphinx has been built in China, the latest in a series of copies of the ancient Egyptian monument in the Middle Kingdom....

Court convicts 24 over Gujarat massacre (2/6/2016)
A court in India finds 24 people guilty of involvement in one of the most notorious massacres during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat....

Temple to face charges over dead tigers (2/6/2016)
Thai authorities says they will press charges against the controversial Tiger Temple, after 40 dead cubs were found during a raid on the site....

China stresses 'friendly' N Korea ties (2/6/2016)
China's President Xi Jinping stresses the importance of "friendly" ties with North Korea, during a rare visit from a senior Pyongyang official....

Boy destroys 10,000 Lego statue (2/6/2016)
A giant statue of a fox called Nick came crashing down when a young visitor decided no one else needed to see it....

A World Cup for places that don't exist (2/6/2016)
The World Cup tournament for the stateless...

Inside a far-right Hindu 'self defence' training camp (2/6/2016)
BBC Hindi's Nitin Srivastava witnesses a controversial training session organised for young Hindus to train them in self defence....

VIDEO: 'Try beating me lightly' (2/6/2016)
Pakistani women respond with hashtag to a controversial bill allowing husbands to 'lightly beat' their wives....

Briton faces jail over Malaysia abuse (2/6/2016)
A man is facing multiple life sentences for numerous sex crimes against Malaysian children which he boasted about on the "dark web"....

Star students face retest after video (2/6/2016)
Fourteen exam-topping Indian students will be retested after a video of one of them saying political science is about cooking goes viral....

Chinese peacekeeper killed in Mali (2/6/2016)
A Chinese peacekeeper and three members of a UN de-mining unit are killed in separate attacks in the northern Malian city of Gao....

Xiaomi buys Microsoft phone patents (2/6/2016)
Smartphone maker Xiaomi buys the rights to hundreds of Microsoft smartphone inventions and will pre-install the US firm's apps as part of the deal....

Mitsubishi in deal with forced labourers (2/6/2016)
Japan's Mitsubishi Materials agrees a deal with Chinese groups seeking compensation for workers who were used as forced labourers during World War Two....

Woman who spurned suitor burnt to death (1/6/2016)
A Pakistani woman who was set on fire for refusing a marriage proposal dies in hospital of her injuries....

Thai Tiger Temple's long history of controversy (1/6/2016)
Behind Thailand's infamous "Tiger Temple"...

Ming 'dusty old pot' sells for 3m (1/6/2016)
A "dusty old cup" found in a university cabinet sells for 3m after it is found to be a rare piece from the Chinese Ming dynasty....

Japan delays sales tax rise to 2019 (1/6/2016)
Japan delays plans to raise sales tax from 8% to 10% in a bid to drive economic growth....

What made a Chinese teen stow away to Dubai? (1/6/2016)
A Chinese teenager who stowed away on a plane to Dubai, reportedly hoping to make money begging, sparks a conversation about misinformation....

VIDEO: Japan troops search for missing boy (1/6/2016)
About 75 Japanese Self-Defence Force members have joined the search for a seven-year-old boy who went missing on 28 May....

Duterte condemned for journalism remarks (1/6/2016)
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's assertion that some journalists killed in the Philippines had "done something wrong" is condemned as "appalling" by media groups....

40 dead tiger cubs found at Thai temple (1/6/2016)
Forty tiger cub corpses are found in a freezer at a famous Thai Buddhist temple that is being closed down amid accusations of trafficking and abuse....

N Korean editorial praises 'wise' Trump (1/6/2016)
An editorial in North Korean state media says Donald Trump is a "wise politician" whose victory in US elections could be good for the North....

The return of Yingluck Shinawatra (1/6/2016)
Former Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra returns to public life...

Why drinking in India is an 'outdoor sport' (1/6/2016)
Drinking alcohol at home can be taboo, so Indians love to drink on the move, writes Palash Krishna Mehrotra, tongue firmly in cheek....

VIDEO: On the road with Yingluck Shinawatra (1/6/2016)
Officially Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is banned by the military from any political activity, and everyone is banned from campaigning on the new constitution....

Number of displaced Afghans 'doubles' (1/6/2016)
The number of Afghans displaced within their country has more than doubled to 1.2m over the past three years, rights group Amnesty says....

Chinese stowaway found on Dubai flight (1/6/2016)
A Chinese teenager is found hiding in the cargo hold of an Emirates passenger jet that had flown from Shanghai to Dubai....

VIDEO: A visit to Karachi's 'most dangerous' area (1/6/2016)
BBC journalist Benjamin Zand visits Lyari in Karachi, which he had been told to avoid as the Pakistani city's 'most dangerous' area....

Facebook copy created in North Korea (1/6/2016)
A crude clone of the Facebook social media site briefly appears in North Korea before going offline....

Rewards for soldiers who quit smoking (1/6/2016)
South Korea offers soldiers extra holiday time and pool tables if they kick the habit....

Malaysia passport systems 'sabotaged' (1/6/2016)
Fifteen Malaysian immigration officers are fired, after being accused of sabotaging computer passport systems to let in certain travellers undetected....

What does modern slavery look like? (1/6/2016)
More than 45 million people are living in modern slavery, with Asia accounting for two thirds of the victims, a new report says....

India transfusions infect many with HIV (31/5/2016)
At least 2,234 people in India contract the deadly HIV virus while getting blood transfusions in hospitals in the past 17 months alone....

VIDEO: Tigers rescued from Thailand temple (31/5/2016)
Wildlife authorities in Thailand have begun removing tigers from a Buddhist temple after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse....

Taliban seize bus passengers killing 10 (31/5/2016)
Taliban militants have killed at least 10 people after kidnapping dozens of bus passengers in Kunduz province, in northern Afghanistan, officials say....

VIDEO: Attempted North Korea missile test 'fails' (31/5/2016)
South Korea defence officials say an attempted North Korea missile launch test appears to have failed....

Why Pikachu is making Hong Kong angry (31/5/2016)
Nintendo's upcoming Pokemon games are causing controversy in Hong Kong. The BBC looks at why....

Soldiers die in Indian army depot fire (31/5/2016)
Seventeen soldiers die in a fire at a military ammunition depot in western Maharashtra state, Indian army officials say....

England's Cook passes 10,000 Test runs (31/5/2016)
England captain Alastair Cook breaks Sachin Tendulkar's record to become the youngest player to score 10,000 Test runs....

Officials seize tigers from Thai temple (31/5/2016)
Wildlife authorities in Thailand are removing tigers from a controversial Buddhist temple after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse....

How drought is changing rural India (31/5/2016)
BBC Hindi's Ajay Sharma travels through seven drought-hit states to find that drought has changed India's villages and their residents....

VIDEO: 'Life and death journey' of China dissident (31/5/2016)
Yu Yanhua, a Chinese dissident, smuggled herself to Bangkok after being thrown into jail three times in China. Here is her story....

North Korea missile launch 'fails' (31/5/2016)
North Korea has attempted to fire a ballistic missile off its east coast but the launch appears to have failed, South Korean military officials say....

Who are the Pakistani group proposing to 'lightly beat' women? (31/5/2016)
The Pakistani group proposing to "lightly beat" women...

Jaguar sales lift profit at Tata Motors (31/5/2016)
Strong sales of the luxury car brand Jaguar Land Rover have lifted profits at India's Tata Motors....

VIDEO: Missing boy's dad 'left him in woods' (31/5/2016)
The search for a missing boy who was left in remote woods in Japan as a punishment, continues....

Backlash over Seoul 'cram school' hours (30/5/2016)
Seoul council plans to extend opening hours at private "cram schools" to 11pm....

Comedian in trouble for Tendulkar video (30/5/2016)
A popular Indian comedian may face charges after making a video that pokes fun at cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar....

Ruined Kabul palace to be rebuilt (30/5/2016)
An ambitious project to reconstruct the historic Darul Aman palace, reduced to ruins in the Afghan civil war, has begun in the capital, Kabul....

VIDEO: Asus unveils 'budget' household robot (30/5/2016)
BBC's Taiwan correspondent Cindy Sui meets with Zenbo - what its creator Asus says is the first 'affordable' household robot....

Duterte declared next Philippine leader (30/5/2016)
Rodrigo Duterte is officially declared the next president of the Philippines by parliament, but chooses not to attend the ceremony....

Why do Indian-Americans win spelling bee contests? (30/5/2016)
The immigrant's hunger for success counts for the extraordinary success of Indian-American children in spelling contests, writes Sanjoy Chakravorty....

HK protester Tsang sentenced for assault (30/5/2016)
Hong Kong activist Ken Tsang is sentenced to five weeks in prison for assault and resisting arrest during pro-democracy protests in 2014....

Sri Lanka stall England victory bid (30/5/2016)
Sri Lanka mount a belated fightback with the bat, reaching 309-5 to delay England's push for victory in the second Test....

Students die as live wire falls on bus (30/5/2016)
Two students are electrocuted and at least 30 others injured when a live wire falls on their school bus in southern India's Tamil Nadu state....

Japan hostage photo from Syria 'genuine' (30/5/2016)
Japan says a newly released photograph purporting to show a journalist who is being held hostage in Syria appealing for help is genuine....

India plane wreckage becomes tourist attraction (30/5/2016)
A plane that crashed last week on the outskirts of the Indian capital, Delhi, is attracting a steady stream of sightseers....

China bans students tearing up textbooks (30/5/2016)
A Chinese city bans high school students from tearing up textbooks or yelling in hallways to relieve exam pressure, state media said....

Search resumes for abandoned Japan boy (30/5/2016)
Search teams resume their hunt for a seven-year-old Japanese boy whose parents said they left him alone in woods in Hokkaido as a punishment....

Sunrisers Hyderabad win IPL final (30/5/2016)
Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs to claim their first Indian Premier League title....

VIDEO: 'Human arrow' leap over Great Wall of China (30/5/2016)
US wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss successfully hits a target suspended over the Great Wall of China....

Nepal man wins world's highest marathon (30/5/2016)
A Nepali soldier wins the world's highest marathon on Mount Everest....

Enforcing family care by law in Shanghai (30/5/2016)
Can you force people to care for the elderly?...

Painting through Manila's murky waters (30/5/2016)
Artists highlight pollution in Manila's rivers...

Why journalists are leaving India's Chhattisgarh (30/5/2016)
Raksha Kumar explains why journalists are feeling threatened in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh....

VIDEO: No sari needed to pick coconuts in India (30/5/2016)
Coconut picking has been traditionally a man's job in India but women are now filling the gap....

VIDEO: Can you force people to care for the elderly? (30/5/2016)
The Shanghai government thinks the tradition of caring for your elderly is fading in China and so the worst offenders could have their credit scores downgraded....

VIDEO: Elephant calf rescued from drain (30/5/2016)
An elephant calf has been rescued from an uncovered drain in Sri Lanka's Hambantota port....

Japan boy left in woods 'as punishment' (30/5/2016)
The parents of a seven-year-old boy missing in the mountains of northern Japan admit that they left him alone in the woods as a punishment....

India arrests over assaults on Africans (30/5/2016)
Indian police say five people have been arrested over attacks in Delhi last week on Africans, assaults that have strained diplomatic ties....

China firm sorry over race-row advert (29/5/2016)
A Chinese firm apologises over a now notorious advert in which a black man is stuffed into a washing machine and emerges a light-skinned Asian....

The opium farmers with the police on their side (29/5/2016)
The opium growers with the police on their side...

Jatra: India's former folk theatre actors struggle to survive (29/5/2016)
Soumya Sankar Bose photographs former Jatra artists who have been struggling to make ends meet....

Pakistan bans TV contraceptive adverts (29/5/2016)
Pakistan's media regulator bans commercials for family planning products after complaints that they prompted curiosity in "innocent children"....

Chinese theme park 'to take on Disney' (29/5/2016)
China's richest man opens a huge entertainment complex in the city of Nanchang to compete with Disney, which is launching its own theme park next month....

Kim Jong-un aunt 'lives American Dream' (28/5/2016)
An aunt of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un is running a dry-cleaning business in the US after defecting in 1998, the Washington Post reports....

US curfew on Okinawa after death (28/5/2016)
The US military base on Japan's island of Okinawa imposes a curfew after the arrest of an ex-Marine suspected of killing a woman....

What animals can swim up your toilet? (28/5/2016)
What animals can swim up your toilet?...

UK citizen jailed in US for airport plot (28/5/2016)
A British citizen who US prosecutors say plotted to carry out a suicide bomb attack at Heathrow Airport is jailed for 40 years in the US....

VIDEO: China's 'racist' whitewashing advert (28/5/2016)
A Chinese detergent advertisement is being dubbed the most racist commercial to be screened....

VIDEO: Afghan views on new Taliban leader (28/5/2016)
Taliban groups across Afghanistan are rallying behind their new leader Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada....

Japan's cherry blossoms 'under threat' (28/5/2016)
Officials warn that an invasive beetle imperils Japan's cherry trees....

Maori 'emotiki' launched in New Zealand (27/5/2016)
A new set of emojis will include Maori cultural concepts such as haka moves....

N Korea 'could be linked to bank heists' (27/5/2016)
A top cyber-security firm is investigating whether North Korea could be linked to attacks on banks in recent months....

Is this the most racist advertisement ever made? (27/5/2016)
A Chinese laundry detergent advertisement is causing widespread outrage online, being dubbed the most racist commercial to be screened....

Narendra Modi: BBC cartoonist looks at India PM's two years in power (27/5/2016)
The BBC Hindi's in-house cartoonist takes a look at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two years in power....

VIDEO: Hiroshima after the bomb (27/5/2016)
What happened after the US dropped atomic bombs on Japan and why President Obama's visit to Hiroshima matters....

Briton dies as Thai speedboat 'capsizes' (27/5/2016)
A British woman dies and another Briton is missing after a speedboat reportedly capsizes near Koh Samui in Thailand....

India probes Nigerian student 'attack' (27/5/2016)
India's foreign ministry says it is looking into an alleged attack on a Nigerian student by a local man in the southern city of Hyderabad....

Plane catches fire on Tokyo runway (27/5/2016)
More than 300 passengers and crew are evacuated from a Korean Air plane in Tokyo, Japan, after its left engine catches fire, local media say....

Obama set for historic Hiroshima visit (27/5/2016)
Barack Obama is set to arrive in Hiroshima and become the first serving US president to visit the Japanese city since the 1945 nuclear bombing....

Possible MH370 debris found in Mozambique (27/5/2016)
Experts following the MH370 search say it is likely a new piece of debris found by a BBC reader in Mozambique came from the missing plane....

Thai toilet snake gives man nasty shock (27/5/2016)
A Thai man is recovering in hospital after a python emerged from a toilet and sank its fangs into his penis....

VIDEO: Sadako and the paper cranes of Hiroshima (27/5/2016)
A victim of nuclear bombing, Sadako Sasaki is remembered through the symbolic folding of paper cranes, sent from around the world to her hometown of Hiroshima....

'If you're not honest, you can't borrow' (27/5/2016)
The monk lending money to the marginalised...

Viewpoint: Is there any chance of talks with the Taliban? (27/5/2016)
Will new leader jog the peace process along?...

'Petition' elephant dies in Japan zoo (27/5/2016)
An elephant that was the focus of an international campaign to improve its living conditions has died in a zoo in Japan at the age of 69....

Teachers confused by clapping practice (27/5/2016)
Malaysian schools director's 'joke' over lacklustre applause taken at face value....

VIDEO: China's new deep sea submarine (27/5/2016)
Look inside a life-size model of a submarine which the Chinese hope will take humans to the very bottom of the ocean - the Mariana Trench, in the Pacific....

India 'heaviest baby' weighs 15lb (26/5/2016)
An Indian woman gives birth to a 15lb (6.82kg) baby girl that doctors say could possibly be the heaviest female child ever born in the country....

'Beaten' HK protester guilty of assault (26/5/2016)
A Hong Kong activist, allegedly beaten by police during the 2014 pro-democracy protests, is found guilty of assaulting and resisting police officers....

VIDEO: Japanese firm apologises for price rise (26/5/2016)
Why is a Japanese firm apologising for raising the price of its ice-cream?...

Judo star admitted to Bangkok hospital (26/5/2016)
Scottish judo star Stephanie Inglis, who suffered head injuries in a motorbike accident in Vietnam, is admitted to a hospital in Thailand....

Modi's two years in power a 'mixed bag' (26/5/2016)
India media say Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn't fulfilled many of his poll promises....

India allows Italian marine to go home (26/5/2016)
India's Supreme Court allows an Italian marine accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012 to return home....

China and US clash over steel imports (26/5/2016)
Beijing accuses the US of damaging trade after Washington levies new duties of up to 450% on some steel imports from China....

Warning over steel pension cut proposal (26/5/2016)
The government is warned that a proposal to cut pension benefits to help save Tata Steel's UK operations could have implications "well beyond the industry"....

Who will cook your Indian curry? (26/5/2016)
Nick Robinson looks at why curry houses appear to be Eurosceptic....

Leaders visit shrine at start of Japan G7 (26/5/2016)
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe takes world leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site, as the Group of Seven summit begins in Tokyo....

Do Hiroshima residents even want an apology? (26/5/2016)
Does Hiroshima even want Obama to say sorry?...

Indonesia approves death for child rape (26/5/2016)
Indonesia's president approves tougher punishments for child rapists, including the death penalty, amid public anger over recent attacks....

Taliban instability could fuel opium trade (26/5/2016)
Death of Taliban leader could boost opium trade...

Xiaomi Mi Drone poses price challenge (26/5/2016)
China's Xiaomi announces its first drone, pricing it significantly lower than a comparable model by the market leader DJI....

Sunny Leone: from porn star to author (26/5/2016)
Sunny Leone's journey from the adult entertainment industry to Bollywood now takes her to the world of erotic fiction, Sudha G Tilak writes....

VIDEO: Atomic bomb survivor honours US POWs (26/5/2016)
A new film tells the story of a Japanese man who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and dedicated his life to identifying the American POW victims....

VIDEO: The scourge of opium in Afghanistan (26/5/2016)
Opium production has long been a problem in Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, but it is also grown in many government-controlled regions....

 

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