BBC News - Asia BBC News - Asia Philippines military 'kills Islamist Isnilon Hapilon' 16 Oct 2017 at 7:56am Isnilon Hapilon was seen as IS's leader in southeast Asia, and was on the US "most wanted" list. Australia risks 'chipping away' at gun laws, ex-deputy PM says 16 Oct 2017 at 9:45pm An architect of strict measures warns against importing "poisonous policies" from the US. China congress: Why Beijing has banned hot air balloons 16 Oct 2017 at 7:02pm China is on high alert ahead of its Communist Party congress - and all sorts of things are banned. US soldier pleads guilty to desertion 16 Oct 2017 at 2:57pm The 31-year-old US Army sergeant tells the court his conduct was "very inexcusable". Philippines strike: Filipinos rally around iconic jeepney drivers 16 Oct 2017 at 6:10am Filippinos are rallying to support drivers of the iconic jeepney over a controversial transport plan. UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack 16 Oct 2017 at 1:20pm The TV series Opposite Number was cancelled following a cyber-attack in 2014. Indian politician: 'Taj Mahal built by traitors' 16 Oct 2017 at 7:47am A controversial ruling BJP legislator calls the Taj Mahal a "blot on Indian culture" built by "traitors". AirAsia flight returns to Perth after mid-air scare 15 Oct 2017 at 8:16pm Video shows passengers on the flight from Australia to Indonesia being told to "get down". New Zealand faces 'chipocalypse' as farmers warn of crisps shortage 16 Oct 2017 at 6:26am Potato varieties used to make crisps could be in short supply after a wet season hit farmers hard. Lisa Wilkinson: Top Australian presenter quits in 'equal pay row' 16 Oct 2017 at 8:58am Lisa Wilkinson says she is leaving because the Nine Network has not "met her expectations". Aarushi Talwar: India parents walk free after murder acquittal 16 Oct 2017 at 8:21am Dentists Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were acquitted on appeal after spending four years in prison. Man-eating Indian tigress dies of electrocution 16 Oct 2017 at 1:44am Sharpshooters were looking for the tigress after a court order to kill the man-eater. Sri Lanka to make final decision on playing in Pakistan on Monday 14 Oct 2017 at 3:39pm Sri Lanka will decide on Monday whether to play in Pakistan for the first time since the 2009 attack on their team bus in Lahore. New Zealand town funds its own petrol station 16 Oct 2017 at 5:18am Residents fed up with a two-hour drive to buy fuel decide to take matters into their own hands. A bird's-eye view of sharks 16 Oct 2017 at 7:11pm Drones become the latest weapon to protect swimmers and surfers from shark attacks.