By Sophie McBain - 06 March 12:16
Despite their low official government salaries, at this week’s National People’s Congress annual meeting, there will be 86 renminbi billionaires and China’s richest politicians have quadrupled their wealth in the past eight years. But is there a right level to set politicians’ pay?
By Sophie McBain - 21 February 12:06
President Nazerbayev doesn't want to rule a "stan" any more. So he's suggesting it become Kazakh Yeli or Kazakhiya.
By Fraser Lewry - 19 February 9:20
The Chinese have always made the crossing: historically for trade, more recently for tourism. In May 2013, the North Korean city of Sinuiju opened up to westerners for the first time.
By John Pilger - 13 February 15:02
The regime that Washington created in the South, the “good” Korea, was set up and run largely by those who had collaborated with Japan and America.
By Julia Ioffe - 05 February 12:19
He crushed his opposition and has nothing to show for it but a country that's falling apart.
By Sophie McBain - 05 February 11:55
The problem isn't just in Afghanistan. 30 per cent of woman suffer violence from an intimate partner, but globally laws do little to protect women at home.
By Prajwal Parajuly - 05 February 9:30
In Aberdeen, outside a takeaway called The Gurkha Kitchen, I met a Bhutanese refugee called Landless. Landless was eager to talk.
By Nelson Jones - 06 January 15:38
It now appears that the story about Kim Jong-Un's uncle being executed by a pack of 120 ravenous dogs can be traced back to a Weibo post by a Chinese satirist.
By Sunny Hundal - 16 December 10:11
There are 37 million more men than women in India, and most of them are of marriageable age given the relatively young population. A social time-bomb is now setting off there with terrifying consequences, and until the gang-rape in Dehli a year ago, very
By Sophie McBain - 10 December 15:34
A short lesson in the art of mistranslating names into Chinese.
By Sophie McBain - 28 November 17:01
A Kumari, or living goddess, in Nepal, has spoken out about what it's like to be worshiped and then return to life as a mere mortal.
By Sophie McBain - 27 November 14:08
Air pollution is killing millions, and the government has responded by confiscating 500 illegal barbecues.
By Lu-Hai Liang - 20 November 17:01
Young British people are choosing to emigrate to China, armed with strategies for chasing success. Why?
By Sophie McBain - 20 November 13:03
Regular blood transfusions and five-year-olds doing "adorable" things aimed to help the North Korean dictator become the world's oldest man.
By Christopher Beam - 20 November 11:13
Most Chinese people go looking for sales. Christopher Beam went looking for love.
By Sara Perria - 01 November 11:45
MasterCard and Visa have already entered the country, together with multinationals such as Nestle, CocaCola, Uniliver, Total and Suzuki.
By David Pilling - 24 October 13:38
Shinzo Abe’s first, brief premiership ended in disaster. Yet now, recovered from debilitating illness, the conservative nationalist is back in power and, emboldened by “Abenomics”, is determined to revitalise Japan after many years of decline.
By Sophie McBain - 24 October 12:24
Six months on from the disaster that killed over 1,100 workers, Primark is the only brand to have offered victims compensation.
By Sophie McBain - 22 October 12:00
Several reports released this week are adding pressure on the US to disclose information about its deadly drone programme and civilian casualties.
By Sophie McBain - 09 October 11:34
Does North Korea's anger at Switzerland's refusal to supply ski lifts for the country's first luxury ski resort suggest that stricter sanctions could work?
By Monisha Rajesh - 30 September 12:35
The government has done little more than to satisfy the emotional sense of injustice, and hush up the masses temporarily while shying away from the bigger issue: how to prevent the crimes?
By Sophie McBain - 25 September 10:51
How China uses pandas to help secure long-term trade deals.
By New Statesman - 24 September 10:04
Comedy group All India Backods parody the belief that women must be to blame for rising amounts of rape in India.
By Sophie McBain - 20 September 11:27
The Chinese tradition of giving away mooncakes in mid-autumn is surprisingly revealing.
By Sophie McBain - 10 September 10:14
A UN survey of 10,000 men in Asia-Pacific reveals high levels of sexual violence in the region, and asks why rape is so common.
By Asiya Islam - 30 August 15:41
The idea that India is "the rape capital of the world" needs to be challenged but without refusing women's experience of fear and violence.
By Monisha Rajesh - 29 August 15:19
Every time a high-profile rape case occurs in India, there is shock, outrage and protests, but nothing actually changes.
By Samira Shackle - 21 August 12:15
Travel through Pakistan is intimately segregated by class, writes Samira Shackle. If you're rich, you just keep driving.
By Samira Shackle - 15 August 8:45
Pakistan’s militant and extremist organisations are increasingly aware of the importance of the internet, says Samira Shackle.
By Rana Mitter - 04 August 9:59
History and politics are coming together in a potentially toxic fashion in the East China Sea as China, motivated by memories of Japanese wartime atrocities, agitates for dominance in the region.