The latest stories from the Asia section of the BBC News web site.
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The US Secretary of State John Kerry calls the Afghan leader to defuse tension over the opening of a Taliban office, an Afghan official tells the BBC.
The Afghan government will not take part in peace talks with the Taliban unless the process is "Afghan-led", President Hamid Karzai has said
Flooding in India is continuing to disrupt daily life on a massive scale.
A nine-year-old girl is killed in unprovoked mortar shelling by Indian troops, officials in Pakistani-administered Kashmir say.
High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
Dalian Wanda Group, a Chinese property developer, says it will spend £1bn ($1.6bn) to buy a British yacht maker and property in London.
Military helicopters and the army are leading rescue operations in India's flood-hit northern states, where 138 people are now known to have died.
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High levels of a toxic radioactive isotope, strontium-90, have been found in groundwater at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator says.
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Four US soldiers are killed in a Taliban attack at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, shortly after the US announced direct talks with the militants.
Australian Adrian Bayley is jailed for the rape and murder of Irish woman Jill Meagher, with a minimum jail term of 35 years.
South Korea is looking to buy 60 advanced fighter aircraft for $3.7bn in its biggest-ever defence deal.
A British Muslim leader indicted in Bangladesh for war crimes says he is willing to face a fair trial to clear his name.