Tajikistan Bans Women From Wearing Veil

Tajikistan has introduced legislation requiring citizens "stick to traditional national clothes and culture" – widely regarded as a move which is an attempt to stop women wearing Islamic clothing. Women in the Muslim-majority country wear a scarf tied behind the head...

India Appoints Female Defence Minister For First Time

In a cabinet reshuffle, India has appointed Nirmala Sitharaman as its first full time woman defence minister. The appointment of Ms Sitharaman on Sunday, who was previously a minister of state for commerce and industry, has been widely welcomed. She had...

12-Year-Old Indian Girl Kills Herself After ‘Menstruation Shaming’

A 12-year-old girl from Southern India has killed herself after her teacher allegedly embarrassed her over a blood stain from menstruation. A suicide note left by the girl, who jumped off a building near her home, accused the teacher of...

Building Collapses In Mumbai As Monsoon Wreaks Havoc Across South Asia

21 people have been killed and more than a dozen trapped after a four-storey building collapsed after monsoon downpours in Mumbai. The residential building gave way in the area of Bhendi Bazaar, where roads were drenched following rainfall which is...

Five Cleared Of Benazir Bhutto Murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted five suspected Taliban members of conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Judges said there was a lack of evidence against them. Two policemen were jailed for 17 years, however, for negligence in failing...

Himalayan Border – China Claims Victory As India Withdraws Troops

Ending a stand-off that has lasted weeks, China has said that India has withdrawn troops from a disputed Himalayan border. The two-month long stand-off has sparked a war of words between the two Asian giants raising fears of a potential...

13-Year-Old Indian Rape Victim Seeks Abortion From Court

A pregnant 13-year-old from the city of Mumbai who was the victim of rape has appealed to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby. Her pregnancy was discovered when the girl was taken to the doctor by her...

Indian Guru Ram Rahim Singh Jailed For 20 Years Following Rape Charges

Controversial figure Guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has been sentenced to 20 years in prison following two convictions of rape. Ahead of the sentencing of the Guru, reports emanated from India of riots across the country. 38 people were killed following...

Nearly 700 Dead And Millions Affected In South Asian Floods

Almost 700 have been killed and around 16 million thought to have been affected following the extreme weather across Bangladesh, north-east India and Nepal. Reportedly, between 20% and 30% of the populations of Nepal and Bangladesh, and around 450,000 people...

Attacks of Barcelona & Cambrils: What has happened so far?

There have been two attacks in Spain's Catalonia area comprising of people driving cars at crowds at high-speeds. Now is what we known at the moment. What happened? On the afternoon on Thursday at 16:50 local time (14:50 GMT) a white...