South and Central Asia


Five killed in Kashmir’s deadliest day since losing special status

Some observers say Delhis promises falling flat and unrest likely to increase Five people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, thought to be the deadliest day in the region since it was stripped of its autonomy this summer. Two non-Kashmiris an apple trader from Punjab and a migrant labourer were killed in separate attacks […]

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India and Pakistan meeting at UN to end three-year freeze

Foreign ministers to meet at sidelines of general assembly in sign of thaw in relations The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are to meet on the sidelines of the UN general assembly next week in the first high-level contact between the neighbours in nearly three years. Indias external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, will meet […]

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Myanmar’s military must be prosecuted for Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’, UN told

UN secretary general calls for action and accountability to tackle on one of the worlds worst humanitarian crises The UN secretary general has called for those behind the Rohingya crisis to be held accountable, urging the security council to act on what has become one of the worlds worst humanitarian and human rights crises. Antnio […]

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Swedish student’s plane protest stops man’s deportation ‘to hell’

Elin Ersson refused to sit down on Gothenburg flight until man being sent to Afghanistan was removed A lone student activist on board a plane at Gothenburg airport has prevented the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker from Sweden by refusing to sit down until the man was removed from the flight. Her successful protest, […]

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Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple

Foreign secretarys impromptu recital of colonial-era poem was so embarrassing the UK ambassador was forced to stop him The foreign secretary has been accused of incredible insensitivity after it emerged he recited part of a colonial-era Rudyard Kipling poem in front of local dignitaries while on an official visit to Myanmar in January. Boris Johnson […]

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Take away Aung San Suu Kyis Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it | George Monbiot

Once she was an inspiration. Now, silent on the plight of the Rohingya, she is complicit in crimes against humanity, writes the Guardian columnist George Monbiot Few of us expect much from political leaders: to do otherwise is to invite despair. But to Aung San Suu Kyi we entrusted our hopes. To mention her name […]

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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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UN calls on Nepal to investigate civil war case of gang-rape and torture by soldiers

Landmark move marks first time UNs human rights group has intervened in an individual case, yet campaigners say Nepals government is unlikely to act The UN human rights committee has urged Nepal to investigate the gang-rape of a woman during the countrys civil war in a landmark decision that is the first to deal with […]

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Partition, 70 years on: Salman Rushdie, Kamila Shamsie and other writers reflect

More than a million were killed and many millions more displaced by Indian partition. Authors consider its bloody legacy and the crises now facing their countries Pankaj Mishra Pankaj Mishra. Photograph: Windham-Campbell Prize To think about partition on its 70th anniversary is to think, unavoidably, about the extraordinary crisis in India today. The 50th and […]

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The war America can’t win: how the Taliban took back Afghanistan

The Taliban controls places like Helmand, where the US and UK troops fought their hardest battles, pushing the drive toward peace and progress into reverse In a rocky graveyard at the edge of Lashkar Gah, a local police commander was digging his sisters grave. Her name was Salima, but it was never uttered at her […]

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