20 October 2014 Last updated at 23:26

Sri Lanka calls early elections

Sri Lanka will hold early presidential elections in January, a government minister says, with President Mahinda Rajapaksa expected to seek a third term.


Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975Former Australia PM Gough Whitlam dies

Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, credited with transforming Australian society in the 1970s, has died at the age of 98.

Tributes are paid to Peter BiaksangzualaFootballer dies after goal celebration

Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from the injuries he suffered after landing awkwardly when he celebrated a goal. BBC Sport

Media round-ups

Carrie Gracie Article written by Carrie Gracie Carrie Gracie BBC China editor

Caught in the crosshairs of China's corruption campaign

The BBC's Carrie Gracie goes to Shanxi, the frontline of China's anti-corruption campaign, to find out more about officials' suicides.

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Soutik Biswas Article written by Soutik Biswas Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent

How Cyclone Hudhud got its name

India's new cyclone is named after a bird, but thinking up these names has not been an easy process. The BBC's Soutik Biswas explains.

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

Why are India's air force planes falling out of the sky?

All air forces have accidents, but accounts of Indian warplanes crashing on training flights have become almost routine news, writes Andrew North.

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Special Reports

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    Rare glimpse of militants' camp at the gateway to Kabul


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    What will Flanagan win mean for Australian authors?


  • League of LegendsGaming warriors

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  • Picture of Bambang HendratnoIsland storm

    Will Natuna add to disputes in the South China Sea?


  • Kashmir floodsIn pictures

    After the floods in Indian-administered Kashmir


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    The medic who brought free healthcare to Karachi's poor


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