29 July 2014 Last updated at 13:22

China investigates ex-security chief

China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been placed under investigation for "serious disciplinary violation", state media say.


Hashmat Karzai Bomber kills Hamid Karzai's cousin

A suicide bomber kills Hashmat Karzai, an influential cousin of President Hamid Karzai in the southern city of Kandahar.

The hearse carrying the coffin of Japanese schoolgirl Aiwa Matsuo, alleged to have been murdered by a classmate, leaves the funeral hall in Sasebo, western Japan, on 29 July 2014.Japan girl 'admits dismemberment'

The Japanese schoolgirl arrested on Sunday has reportedly confessed to killing and dismembering her classmate, say local media

Media round-ups

Soutik Biswas, Delhi correspondent Article written by Soutik Biswas Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent

Is India's politics becoming less dynastic?

India's new parliament has fewer dynastic MPs, but does it point to a decline in hereditary politics?

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