Pakistan

In Pakistan, government attempts to crowdfund $12bn for dams

Government launches donation drive analysts say is unlikely to succeed, raising questions of how funds will be used.

In Pakistan, government attempts to crowdfund $12bn for dams

Sport

India and Pakistan resume cricket rivalry at Asia Cup

Amid fan anticipation, arch rivals compete in sold-out group game at the six-nation competition in the UAE.

Cricket: India and Pakistan face off in Asia Cup

Women's Rights

Divorce by triple talaq now criminal offence in India

Muslim men in India who use instant divorce will face jail term up to three years, according to an executive order.

India: Triple talaq or instant divorce now a criminal offence

Asia

Business freezes for Kabul ice-cream carts after unrest

A recent surge in violence ahead of the upcoming elections has cause profits to plummet for ice-cream vendors.

Asia

Access to Chinese ports a 'huge deal' for Nepal

Nepal granted access to Chinese ports in a move that will end New Delhi's monopoly over Kathmandu's trade routes.

Nepal gets access to China ports, analysts say it's a 'huge deal'

Afghanistan

As Ashoura nears, Shia neighbourhood on alert after ISIL attacks

Residents call to self-arm after ISIL assault on wrestling gym in Dasht-e Barchi, the latest in a string of attacks.

As Ashoura nears, Shia neighbourhood on alert after ISIL attacks

Syria's War

Russia blames Israel for 'aircraft loss in crossfire'

Moscow says its plane was caught in Syrian crossfire after Israeli jets used it for cover during attacks in Syria.

Russia: Syrian missiles shot down Russian aircraft in crossfire

Pakistan

Nargis, the Pakistani Hazara making strides in karate

Teen karateka from Quetta overcomes security threats and ethnic persecution to make history at the Asian Games.

Nargis, the Pakistani Hazara making strides in karate

Investigation

Maldives 'orgy of corruption' exposed ahead of election

Research shows at least 50 tropical island leases were obtained by tourism companies without public tender.

Report exposes Maldives 'orgy of corruption' ahead of election

Asia

Taliban attacks kill 27 members of Afghan security forces

The Taliban have seized several districts in recent years and carry out frequent attacks targeting Afghan forces.

Taliban attacks kill 27 members of Afghan security forces

Pakistan

Pakistan PM pledges citizenship to refugees

PM Khan said government will issue passports and ID cards to those born on Pakistani soil.

Imran Khan pledges citizenship to Afghan and Bangladeshi refugees

Kashmir

Rebel's body dragged, army officer calls it 'normal'

Activists demand inquiry after image surfaces on social media, but Indian army officer defends 'normal procedure'.

Outrage after photo of soldiers dragging Kashmir rebel's body

Aung San Suu Kyi

'Shame on Myanmar': Rally for jailed Reuters reporters

Scores call for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo's release in Yangon as reporters across globe voice solidarity on social media.

Protests grow over jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Opinion

Large war games distract from the complexity of China-Russia ties

Russia and China may have shared interests, but they are not on the verge of a traditional alliance.

J Berkshire Miller

by J Berkshire Miller

J Berkshire Miller

Women's Rights

When will China implement laws to combat sexual harassment?

China lacks a law that defines sexual harassment but draft legislation is being planned to come into effect by 2020.

When will China implement laws to combat sexual harassment?