US urges China to free activists

The US calls on China to release a group of lawyers and Christian activists who were detained ahead of a meeting with a senior US envoy.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 11:12 pm

China shares slide in volatile trade

Asian markets continue to fall on Wednesday, with Shanghai opening down more than 4% amid worries about China's growth.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 9:36 pm

Australian growth unexpectedly slow

Australia's GDP growth is slower than expected in the second quarter of the year as the economy struggled to gain momentum.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 8:53 pm

Viewpoint: How a 'breaking' murder has exposed Indian media

India's media are riveted by a murder mystery, but the hysterical coverage, full of speculation and innuendoes, is disturbing, writes politician and author Shashi Tharoor.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 8:13 pm

Rudd drawn into Clinton email saga

Former Australian prime minster Kevin Rudd wanted a "sympathy call" from Hillary Clinton after he was ousted from the top job, an email reveals.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:47 pm

US swoop on secret 'steroids labs'

US federal agents arrest more than 90 people and shut down 16 underground labs making illegal steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:42 pm

VIDEO: Indonesians protest against job cuts

Indonesians take to the streets to demonstrate against job cuts, low wages and rising food prices.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 6:38 pm

VIDEO: Cricket league for Singapore workers

Singapore's migrant workers from India and Bangladesh launch a cricket league for their precious days off.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 6:34 pm

VIDEO: Final four designs for new NZ flag

The four finalists in New Zealand's public competition to design what could be the country's new national flag are revealed.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 4:56 pm

China parade to display past and future

New weapons and old armies to be put on display

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 2:26 pm

India selfie ban over stampede fear

A "no selfie zone" will be implemented at the Indian Kumbh Mela religious festival due to fears they could cause stampedes.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 1:00 pm

Second Bangkok bombing suspect held

A second foreign suspect has been arrested in connection with the deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine in August, the Thai PM says.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 11:01 am

Ishant banned after fiery SL Test

India fast bowler Ishant Sharma is suspended for one Test following a row with three Sri Lanka players in Colombo.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 10:57 am

Trained monkeys and banned pigeons: China prepares for a parade

China is deploying trained monkeys, falcons and blanket TV coverage to try to ensure that Thursday's military parade takes place without a hitch.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 10:24 am

Tajikistan profile

Provides an overview of Tajikistan, including key events and facts about this mountainous Central Asian republic.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 9:24 am

Five dead in fresh Nepal protests

Nepalese police shoot dead five protesters in the south of the country angry at a draft constitution to split the country into federal states.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 9:23 am

Tokyo 2020 Olympics logo scrapped

The logo for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games is scrapped after allegations that it was plagiarised.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 8:38 am

'War criminal ice cream' for sale

Ice cream depicting Japan's wartime PM Hideki Tojo goes on sale.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:16 am

India secure series win in Sri Lanka

India win a Test series in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1993 with a 117-run victory in the third Test in Colombo.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:16 am

Fiji country profile

Provides an overview of Fiji, including key events and facts about this tropical island and ethnically diverse former British colony in the Pacific.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:10 am

Chinese iPhone users hit by malware

Login names and passwords for more than 225,000 Apple accounts have been stolen by cyber-thieves in China.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 7:09 am

Uzbekistan country profile

Provides an overview of Uzbekistan, including key events and facts about the country.

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 5:09 am

The grandeur of Tokyo's Hotel Okura in pictures

Images then and now of much-loved but doomed Hotel Okura

Posted by on 1 September 2015 | 2:18 am

Thai court acquits Phuket reporters

A court in the southern Thai island of Phuket acquits two journalists of defaming the navy in a 2013 article on human trafficking.

Posted by on 31 August 2015 | 11:24 pm

Did India village council really order rape of two sisters?

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder investigates allegations that a village council in India ordered that two women be raped as punishment after their brother eloped with an upper caste woman.

Posted by on 31 August 2015 | 10:47 pm