China denies shutting foreign sites

The director of China's internet regulator admits that some foreign websites cannot be visited but denies shutting them down.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:55 am

Prison for S Korea bullying soldiers

A military court in South Korea gives prison sentences ranging from 25 to 45 years to four soldiers involved in the death of a junior soldier.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 6:07 am

VIDEO: Becoming a mother at 70 in India

The BBC's Divya Arya reports from India, where women of 60 and 70 are becoming mothers for the first time.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 5:01 am

Kerala court upholds alcohol ban

The high court in the southern Indian state of Kerala upholds the government's decision to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 4:32 am

Groups condemn Singapore gay ruling

Human rights groups criticise a Singapore court's decision that a law banning gay sex is constitutional, saying it "tramples on basic rights".

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 3:23 am

Japan princess back in public eye

Japan's Crown Princess Masako - who has been hit by a stress-related illness - attends a banquet for Dutch royals, her first such appearance in 11 years.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 3:11 am

India's Gujarat braces for cyclone

Authorities in Gujarat begin evacuating tens of thousands of people as a powerful cyclone heads for the western coast.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 2:27 am

China media: Thaw in Japan ties?

Media debate whether President Xi may meet Japan's PM to ease tensions.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 2:19 am

Twitter tip-offs help India police

Police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore smash a prostitution racket with help from information received on Twitter.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 2:09 am

Taiwan officials in China study ban

Taiwan bans its senior government officials from higher studies in mainland China, citing "national security" reasons.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 12:59 am

Indian media: 'Black money' criticism

Media criticise the government over its handling of the "black money" issue.

Posted by on 30 October 2014 | 12:58 am

Data retention bill introduced

Data about phone and computer use will be kept by telecommunications companies for two years if a bill introduced to the Australian parliament is passed.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 10:57 pm

Sri Lanka rescue effort intensified

Rescue workers in Sri Lanka intensify their search for survivors of a tea plantation landslide which is feared to have buried more than 100 people.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 8:51 pm

Samsung profit lowest in three years

Samsung Electronics sees its quarterly operating profit fall to its lowest level in more than three years because of slowing smartphone sales.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:29 pm

No impact study for wetlands dumping

The government will not conduct a full environmental impact assessment for the disposal of dredge spoil on sensitive wetlands near the Great Barrier Reef.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 7:10 pm

Baidu misses profit predictions

Profits and revenues from Baidu, often called "China's Google", miss analysts' profit forecasts.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 4:52 pm

Australia's flexible small firms

The Aussie firms offering unusual job perks and flexible working

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 3:19 pm

Change in China for family succession

Why Chinese firms are changing their approach to succession

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 3:04 pm

VIDEO: Acid attack survivors' refuge

Musarat Misbah, the owner of a chain of beauty parlours in Pakistan, has set up a charity to help care for acid attack survivors whom she also employs in the salons.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 12:13 pm

High Australian real estate prices lead to bubble fears

Why owning a home may be out of reach

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Indian man arrested for being gay

Police say a 32-year-old man has been arrested in Bangalore after his wife realised he was gay and reported him, the BBC's Imran Qureshi reports.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 11:09 am

Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader

The head of Bangladesh's largest Islamist party is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the independence war against Pakistan.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 9:17 am

The salon for acid attack victims

How a salon is helping acid attack victims start again

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:55 am

N Korea leader 'had surgery on leg'

South Korean intelligence services believe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had surgery to remove a cyst from his ankle.

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:43 am

Hong Kong protests: Photo booth

Photo booth captures Hong Kong's protest movement

Posted by on 29 October 2014 | 6:01 am