19 September 2014 Last updated at 22:23

New Zealand votes in 'dirtiest' pollPrime Minister John Key gives the thumbs up outside his campaign bus during the National Party Bus Trip

Voters in New Zealand begin voting after what is being called the dirtiest campaign in the nation's history.


GlaxoSmithKline GSK fined $490m by China for bribery

China fines UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline $490m (£297m) for bribery and its former head of Chinese operations is given a suspended jail sentence.

Li Na poses with the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at Brighton Beach, after winning the 2014 Australian Open, on 26 January 2014 in Melbourne, AustraliaChina tennis star Li Na retires

China's sporting hero Li Na announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 32, citing injury problems.

Media round-ups

Andrew North Article written by Andrew North Andrew North South Asia correspondent

Pakistan-India monsoon floods: Averting future disasters

The BBC's Andrew North explains that more dams and more reservoirs would mitigate the destruction wrought by unpredictable monsoons.

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Soutik Biswas Article written by Soutik Biswas Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent

Did Kashmir 'abandon' its flood-hit people?

Omar Abdullah says the government was caught off-guard, but the BBC's Soutik Biswas considers whether Kashmir could have learned lessons from other Indian states' flood response.

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