22 August 2014 Last updated at 13:03

Malaysia observes silence for MH17

Malaysians observe a moment of silence following the arrival of the bodies of 20 victims of Flight MH17 which crashed in Ukraine in July.

Rescue workers from Japan"s Ground Self Defence Force patrol at a landslide site in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, western Japan, 22 August 2014. Rain hampers Japan landslide rescue

Heavy rain hampers rescue operations in Japan's Hiroshima prefecture where a landslide killed at least 39 people, with 51 still missing.

KeralaIndia's Kerala to ban alcohol sales

Authorities in the southern Indian state of Kerala outline plans to ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the state's drink problem.

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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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  • A soldier stands in front of a sculpture featuring former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping during the Exhibition of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping on 21 August, 2014 in Hong KongHeir, apparently

    Looking back could help cement the legacy of China's leader

  • This picture taken on 30 July, 2013, Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, smiles during an interview in his office in Jakarta's city hallStyle and substance

    Can Indonesia's Jokowi meet voters' expectations?

  • Gulnara KarimovaDesperate for help

    The secret recordings of a president's daughter

  • Broken trees are seen at a site where a landslide swept through a residential area at Asaminami ward in Hiroshima, western Japan, on 21 August, 2014In pictures

    Rescuers comb through the site of landslides triggered by rain in Hiroshima

  • Kaum De Heere (Diamonds of the Community) tells the story of Satwant Singh and Beant Singh, Indira Gandhi's assassinsRoll too far

    Why India just loves to ban films

  • Tourists at walking around the Shwedagon pagoda in YangonGolden times

    Myanmar's young tourism bosses confident about the future

  • Protests against the Civil Services Aptitude Test in Delhi, India, August 2014Divisive language

    Why Indian civil servant applicants don't want an English test

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