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2 September 2014 Last updated at 05:16 ET

Pakistan MPs hold emergency sessionA protester picks up a tear gas canister to throw back towards police during a clash in Islamabad (1 September 2014)

A joint session of parliament begins in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support against protesters calling for his resignation.


Andy HallBritish activist in Thailand trial

A British activist who campaigns for better labour conditions is on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Workers spray pesticide in Yoyogi Park on 28 August, 2014 in Tokyo, JapanJapan tackles dengue fever outbreak

Japan is battling its first outbreak of dengue fever in almost 70 years, with at least 22 people confirmed as being infected.

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Soutik Biswas Article written by Soutik Biswas Soutik Biswas Delhi correspondent

Why India loves to ban films

The move to ban a controversial film on the October 1984 assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has a sense of deja vu about it.

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Special Reports

A woman riding a scooter waits for a traffic signal along a street in Mumbai February 5, 2014.Special report: India Direct

Beyond the headlines and exploring the people, economy and culture of India.

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