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The latest stories from the Asia section of the BBC News web site.
29 Aug
Malaysia Airlines is to cut 6,000 staff as part of recovery plan after being hit by two air disasters this year.
29 Aug
Japan's defence ministry has requested its biggest ever budget amid severe tensions with China over a maritime dispute in the East China Sea.
29 Aug
Pakistan's powerful army chief to mediate in deadlock between PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in Islamabad.
30 Aug
The first national census since 1983 reveals that Myanmar has 9 million fewer people than the 60 million the government had estimated.
29 Aug
Australian actor Bill Kerr, "the boy from Wagga Wagga" who became one of Tony Hancock's radio sidekicks in the 1950s, dies in Perth at 92.
29 Aug
A Myanmar woman who won a beauty pageant in South Korea is stripped of her title after organisers claimed she was ungrateful and dishonest.
29 Aug
North Korea retracts a decision to send cheerleaders to South Korea for the Asian Games, accusing Seoul of quibbling over details.
29 Aug
An Indian activist thought to have died in a car fire is found alive in Bangalore and accused by police of faking his death over a woman.
29 Aug
Papua New Guinea's eastern Mount Tavurvur erupts, disrupting flights and spewing rocks and ash into the air.
29 Aug
Japan's economy shows signs of stagnation and weakness as households spent less and factory output stays flat in July.
29 Aug
Forty-three Fijian UN peacekeepers are being held by an armed group in the Syrian Golan Heights, amid heavy fighting between rebels and the army.
29 Aug
One of Afghanistan's architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam in Ghor province, is in danger of collapse, officials tell the BBC.
29 Aug
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor.
29 Aug
William Close is the inventor of the 'Earth Harp', a musical instrument which makes use of the architecture around it to create its sound.
27 Aug
Many people in China are forgetting how to write their own language.
27 Aug
Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdraws observers from an audit of votes in the disputed election, citing concerns over fraud.
27 Aug
With falling milk prices, companies are looking at other ways to make money, and Mengniu Dairy, China's biggest, has recently decided to venture into the yoghurt business.
26 Aug
Malaysian teenagers are being encouraged to attend sex education classes in a bid to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the country.
26 Aug
Nick Clegg wore traditional India clothing while on a visit to a Sikh temple and community kitchen in Delhi.
28 Aug
Electoral reform in the spotlight as China's top leaders discuss territory's political future.
29 Aug
Media welcome PM Narendra Modi's attempts to boost ties with Japan.
29 Aug
Paintings by an Indian elephant go on sale at a gallery in the capital, Delhi, to help raise money to protect the endangered animals.
28 Aug
A sheep called Shaun has been shorn for the first time in his life and his fleece has weighed in at a huge 23 kilograms.
28 Aug
Third seed Stan Wawrinka recovers from a mid-match lapse to beat Tomasz Bellucci 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-1) at the US Open.
28 Aug
At least six people have died and 21 others are missing after a landslide swept through a village in south-west China.
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