21 November 2014 Last updated at 17:33

Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliamentJapan's Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe (R) raises his fist in the air to shout with his party's lawmakers at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on November 21, 2014 as the party opens an election campaign office.

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support.


Thai pro-democracy activist Nacha Kong-udom closes her mouth and flashes a three-finger salute in front of a poster of The Hunger Games movie at a cinema in Bangkok, Thailand, 20 November 2014Thai martial law to be 'indefinite'

Thailand's military leaders say they have no plans to remove martial law soon, amid mounting protests and criticism of the junta.

Maithripala Sirisena (21 November 2014)S Lanka health chief in election bid

One of the most senior figures in the Sri Lankan government announces that he is to stand against President Mahinda Rajapaksa in presidential elections.

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Jon Donnison Article written by Jon Donnison Jon Donnison Sydney correspondent

G20 summit: Koalas and 'shirtfronting'

The BBC's Jon Donnison says that despite economic and environmental pledges, this year's G20 summit will be remembered best for the koalas.

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Soutik Biswas Article written by Soutik Biswas Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent

Why so many Indians flock to gurus

As long as belief in magic and miracle survives and times remain uncertain, India's gurus are assured a place in the sun, writes Soutik Biswas.

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

World Internet Conference: Has China overcome paranoia?

Will hosting the World Internet Conference finally allow China to overcome its paranoia over the internet? The BBC's Carrie Gracie travels to Wuzhen to find out.

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