Tony Birtley

Tony Birtley

Afghanistan

Afghanistan faces severe clean water shortage

The Hindu Kush mountain range, which has long been Afghanistan's main source of water, is under threat due to the rapid melting of glaciers.

Afghanistan faces severe clean water shortage

Drugs

Opium production in Afghanistan reaches record high

Despite US and international efforts to destroy poppy fields and opium production, unemployment and 16 years of war have driven an increase in both supply and demand in Afghanistan.

Opium production in Afghanistan reaches record high

Asia

Defying the Taliban: Afghan women apply to join police force

Females in the security services are often treated more harshly by the Taliban which has consistently opposed women's rights.

Defying the Taliban: Afghan women apply to join police force

Asia

Mixed reactions to Afghan offer of Taliban recognition

The armed group has yet to respond to the request - which would pave the way for them to eventually be recognised as a political party. But not all Afghans are happy for Ghani to pursue peace at any cost.

Mixed reactions to Afghan offer of Taliban recognition

Asia

Afghanistan unveils youth unemployment strategy

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has launched a strategy to tackle youth unemployment, which stands at more than 40 percent.

Afghanistan unveils youth unemployment strategy

Afghanistan

Afghan refugees in dilemma over European offer

Germany gives cash incentives to those who will return to Afghanistan but only a few have accepted the deal.

Afghan refugees in dilemma over European offer

Libya

Gaddafi's servant recounts final days

Mansour Iddhow, a member of Muammar Gaddafi's inner circle, explains the events that led to the Libyan leader's death.

Gaddafi's servant recounts final days

Politics

No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils

Misery continues for refugees held in prisons government calls "welfare camps".

No welfare for Sri Lanka's Tamils

Asia

Bangladesh's long wait for justice

Culprits go unpunished for deaths of 3m people during struggle for independence.

Bangladesh's long wait for justice

Politics

Bhutan's wary path to people power

Election marks latest step in gradual plan to modernise ancient kingdom.

Bhutan's wary path to people power

Environment

Minefield for China coal workers

Country's bright future clouded by deadly industry powering its growth.

Minefield for China coal workers

Asia Pacific

China remembers Nanjing

Ceremonies mark 70th anniversary of massacre that killed up to 300,000 Chinese.

China remembers Nanjing