Opposition fury as S Korea graft probe denied extension

Special prosecutors investigating corruption scandal embroiling President Park Geun-hye lose bid to extend inquiry.


Protests in Kyrgyzstan after opposition leader detained

Ata Meken leader held on corruption charges but supporters call the move politically motivated before elections.

Asia Pacific

Indonesia, Australia patch up wounds after military row

Leaders of two countries agree to 'full restoration of defence cooperation' and commit to free trade.

War & Conflict

Afghan refugees return home amid Pakistan crackdown

More than 600,000 Afghans repatriated last year amid reports of abuse by Pakistani authorities following border tension.


Moscow march remembers Putin critic Boris Nemtsov

Thousands gather in Russian capital for rally in memory of ex-deputy prime minister murdered in February 2015.

Middle East

What is behind the hostility between Iran and Turkey?

The post-ISIL power vacuum in the region has brought tensions between Iran and Turkey to a head, analysts say.


Russia's new game in Afghanistan

Vladimir Putin's posturing towards Afghanistan has opened a new chapter in the great game in the heart of Asia.

by Najib Sharifi


I won't step down, Mugabe says at 93rd birthday bash

The world's oldest leader said he has no plans to step down in his lavish birthday party.


US Democrats elect Tom Perez as new leader

Ex-Obama administration official defeats Congressman Keith Ellison to become chair of party's administrative arm DNC.


Saudi foreign minister visits Iraq after 27-year gap

Adel al-Jubeir, kingdom's first foreign minister to visit since 1990, promises to build ties and install new ambassador.


Democrats prepare to elect new leader

Democratic National Committee to hold as many rounds of voting as it takes in Atlanta for new chairman to emerge.

Republican Party

Remaking the Republican Party: Populism a la Trump

Donald Trump and his chief adviser Stephen Bannon signalled a total rebranding of conservatives at the CPAC.

by Gregory Aftandilian

Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong-nam attack reveals true nature of North Korea

The risk of proliferation of nerve agents to non-state actors is perhaps the most startling concern.

by J Berkshire Miller


Bangladesh urged to act over politicians' missing sons

Group calls on government to reveal whereabouts of 'kidnapped' men whose opposition-activist fathers were executed.


White House cherry-picks media outlets for briefing

News organisations criticised by President Trump among those blocked from 'gaggle' with Press Secretary Sean Spicer.