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.


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


Pakistani flight investigated for flying over capacity

International flight of Pakistan's national carrier with seven passengers on board without seats comes under scrutiny.


Conference tackles marine plastic pollution

UNEP and Indonesia launch campaign to solve global issue of massive amounts of plastic ending up in oceans.

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


Mosque ambush kills 10 police in northern Afghanistan

Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack in Jowzjan province as officials blame ISIL.


Bangladesh urged to act over politicians' missing sons

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


After Pakistan carnage, grief, anger and defiance

Pilgrims who lost loved ones in ISIL attack at Sehwan Sharif pledge to continue the shrine's centuries-old traditions.


Rescuing HIV orphans in India

In the absence of centres for Aids patients, Pastor Reji Thomas opened his home to orphaned boys infected with HIV.


Pakistan says gas leak, not bomb, behind Lahore blast

Authorities revise cause of the blast at a market concluding it was an accident not an attack as first reported.

North Korea

Meet the Kims: Who's who in North Korea's first family

With the February 13 killing of Kim Jong-nam, here is an overview of the Kim genealogy and its most important members.

Poverty & Development

Quake survivors spend second winter in temporary homes

Nearly two years on, the reconstruction of thousands of houses destroyed by the deadly quake remains stalled.

Business & Economy

Does the China-Pakistan economic corridor worry India?

The $46bn CPEC project connecting Xinjiang in China to Gwadar in Pakistan has raised concerns in India.


Gunman attack government office in Pakistan's Charsadda

National Database and Registration Authority in Charsadda district fired upon: three gunmen involved.