South Korea prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung heir

Lee Jae-yong had denied allegations of bribery involving embattled President Park Geun-hye and her personal adviser.


Amazon's Gandhi flip-flops prompt anger in India

Foreign ministry calls on US envoy to intervene with giant e-retailer as users decry sandal emblazoned with icon's face.


India: 19 drown as overcrowded boat capsizes in Ganges

At least 19 people die after boat accident in the Ganges River in India's eastern state of Bihar, police say.


Forced disappearances will not silence us

The abductions of five activists are yet another attempt to spread fear among those who speak out in Pakistan.

by Usama Khilji
- Sana Saleem


Week in Pictures: From Philippines to Palestine

From protests in Palestine to death of former Iranian president and fire in Philippines, here is the week in pictures.


US forces admit killing 33 civilians in Taliban clash

US military in Afghanistan says investigation into November gunfight confirms civilian casualties, including children.

Asia Pacific

China ship enters strait, Taiwan warns against 'panic'

Chinese aircraft carrier sails into Taiwan Strait amid increasing tensions between mainland and island territory.


Pakistan sets execution date for mentally ill man

Khizar Hayat, sentenced to death in 2003 for shooting fellow police officer, scheduled to be executed on January 17.

War & Conflict

Five UAE diplomats killed in Afghanistan attack

Bombing in Kandahar kills seven people, including five UAE diplomats, and wounds Ambassador Juma al-Kaabi.


Dozens killed in double bombing near Afghan parliament

Two explosions go off near Afghanistan's parliament in Kabul, killing at least 30 in an attack claimed by the Taliban.


HRW calls on Pakistan to probe bloggers' 'abduction'

Pakistani government has obligation to locate four missing activists and act to ensure their safety, rights group says.

Arts & Culture

Philippines: Millions join Black Nazarene procession

The procession is expected to last more than 20 hours and up to 15 million are expected to pay their respects.


22,000 Rohingya 'flee Myanmar to Bangladesh' in a week

UN says at least 65,000 have escaped since the launch of an army crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state three months ago.

Human Rights

Concern over fate of missing Pakistani activists

Sources confirm four men, all known for liberal secularist views on social media, disappeared in the span of a week.

Arts & Culture

India: For the love of second-hand books

The second-hand book stalls at the Vijayawada Book Festival intrigue customers with a dose of nostalgia.