VIDEO: How free are Confucius Institutes?

A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 7:10 pm

The hard side of China's soft power

The hard side of soft power in China's Confucius institutes

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:19 pm

Indian Ocean tsunami: Emotional reunion in Aceh 10 years on

BBC reporter and Indonesian tsunami survivor 10 years on

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 6:01 pm

VIDEO: Indian Ocean tsunami: Aceh 10 years on

Andrew Harding returns to Aceh 10 years after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami struck to see how things have changed.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 5:59 pm

Pakistan carries out more executions

Pakistan hangs four convicts in the second set of executions since the death penalty was reinstated after the deadly Peshawar school massacre.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 11:50 am

US mulls putting NK on terror list

The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 8:27 am

VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 3:22 am

VIDEO: Pakistan 'in mourning and on edge'

Pakistan has announced it will execute more militant prisoners in the next few days after lifting a moratorium in response to the Peshawar school massacre.

Posted by on 21 December 2014 | 12:44 am

Voices of grief and determination

Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 9:24 pm

Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

Life in one of the world's most repressive states

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 6:20 pm

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 5:46 pm

VIDEO: Cyclist survives fall under lorry

A cyclist in China avoids serious injury after being knocked off his bike by a truck at a busy junction.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 9:55 am

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 8:02 am

Cairns children's mother arrested

Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 6:26 am

VIDEO: Kashmir widows on living in conflict

As polling concludes in Indian-administered Kashmir, the BBC's Shalu Yadav meets war widows on opposite sides of the long-standing conflict.

Posted by on 20 December 2014 | 5:35 am

Teaching winter to new US refugees

How Myanmar refugees in the northern US learn to walk on ice

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 7:07 pm

Kashmir: Widows of conflict

Kashmir's widows carry the scars of conflict

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:29 pm

VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders

Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:11 pm

Pakistan school massacre: Who are the dead?

The BBC profiles victims of the Taliban school massacre

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 9:43 am

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

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

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:27 am

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 6:21 am

Xi Jinping and his China Dream

Has President Xi achieved all he hoped in 2014?

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 4:11 am

Australia country profile

Provides an overview of Australia, including key facts and events

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 3:56 am

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 2:59 am

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.

Posted by on 19 December 2014 | 1:48 am