23 November 2014 Last updated at 00:39

US 'to expand' Afghan combat roleUS troops inspect scene of suicide bombing in Kabul, 16 September 2014

US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say.


Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (2010 picture)Thai king's absence sparks concern

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand fails to appear for a scheduled event, raising fresh concerns about his health.

Indonesia President, Joko WidodoIndonesian president flies economy

Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo takes an economy-class seat on the national carrier to go to Singapore for his son's high-school graduation.

Media round-ups

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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Special Reports

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

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