• 14 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Japan's economy shrank in the third quarter as natural disasters hit spending and disrupted exports. The economy contracted by an annualised 1.2% between July and September, preliminary figures showed. A devastating earthquake and typhoon were among the disasters to hit Japan this year, and prompted the bigger than expected contraction. The slowdown...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Reuters Image caption BTS, speaking here at the UN, are the world's biggest K-pop band The management of K-pop stars BTS have apologised after a photo emerged of a band member wearing a hat with a badge resembling Nazi insignia.It comes immediately after a furore over a different band member wearing a T-shirt with a picture of an atomic bomb on it.Bit Hit...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Reuters A US-owned hotel in Japan has been criticised by Japanese authorities after it denied the Cuban ambassador a room over fears it would violate US sanctions on Cuba.The Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk told Ambassador Carlos Pereria he could not stay last month because it could not accommodate Cuban government guests.That prompted a Cuban complaint.Japanese...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images India is counting down the hours until Bollywood superstars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tie the knot in a plush Italian resort on Wednesday.The couple's names are trending on Twitter and social media is filled with good wishes ahead of their big day.The actors have starred in three films together, including blockbusters Bajirao Mastani and...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright Instagram/intansyariii Image caption Intan Syari says she's fulfilling her partner's last wish An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was on a Lion Air flight which crashed into the sea has gone ahead with her wedding pictures alone.Intan Syari and Rio Nanda Pratama were due to get married on 11 November. But Mr Pratama died as he was coming home for the wedding...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright DARREN BELLING Image caption Darren Belling (R), pictured with a friend, says he was left humiliated An Australian paraplegic athlete says he was forced to urinate into a bottle on a flyDubai flight after being told he could not access the toilets.Darren Belling, 52, flew to Finland in October to represent Australia in the World Para Ice Hockey...

  • 14 November 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Most locals aren't exactly fans of the summitry Papua New Guinea (PNG) might be the least likely place to spot world leaders shaking hands. But that's exactly what's happening over the next few days. Notoriously dangerous Port Moresby is hosting the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) summit this week, and it's shaping up to be quite an...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild China has said it is postponing its easing of a ban on the trade of tiger bones and rhino horn, following a wave of protests from environmental groups.Rhinos and tigers are both endangered in the wild and China had prohibited their trade in 1993.But in late October, it announced it would...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption James Gargasoulas drove his car into pedestrians in Melbourne last year An Australian man has been found guilty of murdering six people and injuring 27 others in a vehicle attack in Melbourne.James Gargasoulas, 28, deliberately drove a stolen car into pedestrians along Bourke St in the city centre in January last year.He pleaded not guilty to...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Binny Bansal, chief executive of India's biggest online retailer, Flipkart, has resigned following an investigation into his conduct.Flipkart and its owner, Walmart, launched the investigation after a complaint of "serious personal misconduct" was made against Mr Bansal.The inquiry did not find evidence to back up the allegation, but did "reveal...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption SoftBank developed a robot call Pepper which the company says can read human emotions Japan's Softbank plans to list its mobile unit in Tokyo next month in what could be one of the world's largest stock offerings. The 2.4 trillion yen ($21bn) float is part of Softbank's broader move away from telecoms towards tech investing.If demand...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright Facebook Image caption Anucha had fought in 170 bouts and entered the ring aged eight The death of a 13-year-old boy who was knocked out in a Thai kickboxing match has led to renewed pressure on Thailand to ban children from boxing bouts.Anucha Kochana was pronounced dead from a brain haemorrhage two days after he fought in the charity match.He had taken part in...

  • 13 November 2018 Related TopicsAsia Bibi blasphemy case Image copyright Handout Three British imams have joined calls for the UK to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy.It comes after former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, and other politicians, urged the government to help her.Ms Bibi was freed last week after eight years on death row,...

  • 13 November 2018 Image copyright AFP Image caption Supporters of ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had gathered outside the court ahead of the verdict Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has suspended the president's move to dissolve parliament, as a political crisis in the island nation deepens.President Maithripala Sirisena shocked the nation by sacking parliament and calling snap elections on Friday.The...

  • 12 November 2018 A US Navy fighter jet has crashed in the Philippine Sea, south of the Japanese island of Okinawa.The F/A-18 Hornet was conducting routine operations when it "experienced a mechanical issue" that forced the two crew to eject, the US 7th Fleet said.The pair were rescued from the water in good condition and were being evaluated on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, it...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Carlos Jones/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Image caption The Summit supercomputer is housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. China has been pushed into third place on a list of the world's most powerful supercomputers.The latest list by Top 500, published twice a year, puts two US machines - Summit and Sierra - in the top two places. The US has...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright Bloomberg Image caption Researchers gained unprecedented access to participants' phones to follow sharing behaviours A rising tide of nationalism in India is driving ordinary citizens to spread fake news, according to BBC research.The research found that facts were less important to some than the emotional desire to bolster national identity. Social media...

  • 12 November 2018 Image copyright EPA Image caption Air India is the country's state-owned airline India's aviation regulator has barred a senior pilot from flying for three years after he failed an alcohol test.Captain Arvind Kathpalia, who is also the Director of Operations at state-owned Air India, was to command the Delhi-London flight on Sunday.A substitute pilot was brought in after he...

  • 12 November 2018 Related TopicsStrawberry needle scare Image copyright EPA Image caption My Ut Trinh was arrested in Queensland on Sunday An Australian woman accused of putting sewing needles inside strawberries in a high-profile sabotage case was motivated by spite, a court has heard.My Ut Trinh, 50, was arrested on Sunday following a nationwide police investigation that began in September.Ms...

  • By Laura Bicker BBC News, Seoul 12 November 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Kim and Mr Trump: Pals no longer? Remember when Donald Trump said he and Kim Jong-un fell in love? Well now it seems they just don't talk anymore. Instead, the US and North Korea appear to be staring one another down, waiting for the other to blink or make a move. And neither appears willing to give...