Bangladesh Minister faces expulsion over comments

A senior Bangladesh Minister is almost set to lose his job for his explosive comments on Haj, Prophet Muhammad and Tablighi Jamaat. »
In this May 10, 2013 photo, a soldier escorts election staff carrying ballots in Islamabad. The Election Commission of Pakistan has asked the government to introduce legal amendments enabling the use of modern techniques such as EVMs.

Pakistan to introduce EVMs in two years

Pakistan has decided to introduce electronic voting machines in two years before the next general elections due in 2018, an official with the country’s election commission has said. The E... »

Buddhist hardliners strike deal

A Myanmar Buddhist monk and a Sri Lankan ultranationalist, both known for campaigning against Muslims have formally signed an agreement to work together to protect Buddhism. Ashin Wirathu... »
KABUL, October 1, 2014

2 suicide bomber attacks in Kabul kill 7, wound 21

Afghan police said two suicide bombers in the capital have targeted two buses carrying Afghan army troops, killing seven and wounding 21 people. Kabul criminal investigation police chief Mo... »
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
KABUL, September 30, 2014

U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan past end of 2014

Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, fulfilling a campaig... »
Participants of the 'Free Jeyakumari' campaign held in Colombo on Monday. Photo: Meera Srinivasan
COLOMBO, September 30, 2014

‘Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act should be repealed’  

Civil society members and politicians came together at a campaign in Colombo, seeking the release of Balendran Jeyakumari, who was arrested by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) in... »
Peshawar, September 29, 2014

Blast kills five militants in northwest Pakistan

At least five Tehrik-e-Taliban militants were killed and four others injured on Monday when a blast ripped through a compound of the banned outfit in northwest Pakistan. The incident occurr... »
An editorial in Pakistan's Daily Times said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
Islamabad, September 29, 2014

Modi overshadowed Sharif at UN: Pak. daily

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the UN was everything his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s was not, said a Pakistani daily Monday. An editorial, “Modi at the UN”, in t... »
New York, September 29, 2014

Pakistan softens stance after Modi’s speech

In a softening of positions, Pakistan welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for dialogue in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, accepting that talks with the Hurr... »
GHAZNI (AFGHANISTAN), September 27, 2014

Taliban militants hanged in Ghazni

Afghan villagers hanged four captured Taliban militants from a tree on Saturday as security forces battled the insurgents for a sixth day in a district of Ghazni province, an official said. <... »
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters on Friday.
United Nations, September 27, 2014

Nepal Prime Minister backs India’s bid for permanent Security Council seat

Nepal gave its backing on Friday for India’s bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying it was needed to reflect the changed times and make it more efective.Nepal Prime M... »
Afghan President-elect Ashraf Ghani
Kabul, September 26, 2014

‘Ghani led decisively in disputed Afghan vote’

President-elect Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election with a decisive lead of more than 10 percentage points, the Election Commission said on Friday.“The Election Co... »
The ban on video-sharing website YouTube in Pakistan entered its third year. File Photo
Lahore, September 30, 2014

YouTube ban in Pakistan enters third year

As the ban on video-sharing website YouTube in Pakistan entered its third year, calls to lift the controversial ban have begun to grow even as the government appears reluctant to take any chances,... »
COLOMBO, September 30, 2014

Rajapaksa orders release of Indian fishermen

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday ordered the release of 76 Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody.The order, which officials at the Indian High Commission in Colombo confir... »
DHAKA, September 29, 2014

U.K. man nabbed in Dhaka over ‘IS links’

A British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, who fought against the Assad government in Syria, was nabbed by police on Monday, six months after he flew in here allegedly to recruit jihadists for Syria... »
Afghanistan's new President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai (L) stands next to Afghanistan's Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi as he takes the oath during his inauguration as president in Kabul.
Kabul, September 29, 2014

Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghanistan President

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has been sworn in as Afghanistan’s new President, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 U.S-led invasion toppled the Talib... »
DHAKA, September 29, 2014

Syed Muazzem Ali is new Bangladesh envoy

The retired diplomat and former Foreign Secretary, Syed Muazzem Ali, has been appointed the new Bangladesh High Commissioner to India.Mr. Ali will replace Tariq A. Karim, who has been in of... »
Wirathu in a file photo.
COLOMBO, September 29, 2014

Myanmar monk backs hard-line Buddhist group

Controversial Buddhist monk from Myanmar Ashin Wirathu, accused of leading an anti-Muslim movement in Burma, on Sunday pledged his support to a hard-line Sinhala-Buddhist group in Sri Lanka which... »
In this September 24, 2014 photo, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York.
Colombo, September 27, 2014

Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against U.N. rights probe

Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the U.N.’s war crimes probe into the country’s human rights record during its brutal civil war.A government statement said... »
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (left) meets with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the 69th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York.
United Nations, September 27, 2014

US stands by democracy in Pak: Biden

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has affirmed that America stands by a democratic Pakistan and it will continue to support its growth and prosperity, the White House said after his meeting with the P... »