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20 October 2014 Last updated at 09:13 ET

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.


Abdul Sattar EdhiPakistan charity boss 'heartbroken'

One of Pakistan's top charity leaders tells the BBC he is heartbroken after being robbed at gunpoint.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures to the crowd during a street parade following his inauguration in Jakarta, Indonesia, 20 October 2014Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader

Joko Widodo, the charismatic outsider who won Indonesia's presidency, calls for national reconciliation and unity as he is sworn in.

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

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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