Shinzo Abe.
Japan's Thatcher: Meet the man determined to end the "lost decades"
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.

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Why have 94 per cent of Bangladesh factory collapse victims received no compensation?
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.

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Amnesty International: US may be guilty of war crimes in Pakistan
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.

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Ski lifts, cognac and human rights in North Korea
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?

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The Delhi gang rape death sentences won't make India safer for women
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?

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Panda diplomats: can you put a price on cuteness?
By Sophie McBain - 25 September 10:51

How China uses pandas to help secure long-term trade deals.

"Skirts are a leading cause of rape. Because men have eyes"
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.

What mooncakes in China can tell you about corruption and the environment
By Sophie McBain - 20 September 11:27

The Chinese tradition of giving away mooncakes in mid-autumn is surprisingly revealing.

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A quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit rape
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.

The many faces of India
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.

India has to make the fight against rape something that cannot be ignored
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.

A to B: Cars like tanks
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.

The Twitter jihadis: how terror groups have turned to social media
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.

A view of Canton (Guangzhou) after an aerial attack in the war
China and Japan: the struggle for supremacy in the East China Sea
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.

A Pakistani health worker administers polio vaccine drops to a young child
The struggle for a Polio-free Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 25 June 12:22

What is behind the the sudden upsurge of violence towards polio vaccinators in Pakistan?

Would you swim in China's rivers?
By Sam Geall - 24 June 12:15

A burgeoning popular interest in China's ecological problems has led to citizens trying to win greater oversight of environmental decision-making.

An Arghan policeman.
Investment in Blood by Frank Ledwidge: A devastating indictment of the utter, unanswerable folly of Afghanistan
By Sherard Cowper-Cowles - 16 June 11:00

Frank Ledwidge, once a “justice adviser” in Britain’s para-colonial administration in Helmand, has produced a devastating indictment of Britain’s military intervention in southern Afghanistan. If those of us complicit in the error were ever brought to jus

Punk and disorderly
By Matthew Collin - 06 June 9:31

An interview with Pussy Riot's Yekaterina Samutsevich.

Squeamishness costs lives: Why the world needs better loos
By Helen Lewis - 05 June 10:54

Somehow I don’t think I’ll get many takers for my next Faeces Are A Feminist Issue rally.

Out of the cold
By Alex Preston - 29 May 9:27

A cultural renaissance in Siberia.

Imran Khan still has an important role to play
By Sadiq Khan - 23 May 17:09

The UK has long enjoyed a rich relationship with Pakistan.

Tash Aw.
Tash Aw: "It's a very complex form of bigotry"
By Philip Maughan - 10 May 15:01

The Malaysian novelist on fiction, immigration and the Shanghainese.

On tour with Imran Khan, Pakistan's wildcard candidate
By Samira Shackle - 08 May 14:18

With Khan laid low by an accident at a rally, Samira Shackle reports on his campaign so far.

Lubna Lal in her home in Jhelum.
Politicians of the third gender: the "shemale" candidates of Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 07 May 10:35

The Pakistani trans community is unlike the West's: hijras, as they are known, consider themselves a third gender, neither male nor female, and refer to themselves as "shemale". Samira Shackle meets Pakistan's first hijra electoral candidates.

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Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, prosecutor over Benazir Bhutto assassination, murdered in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 03 May 10:43

Ali was gunned down in Islamabad’s G9 area this morning as he drove to a court hearing for the Bhutto case.

A placard is seen as demonstrators participate in a protest in Allahabad.
Child abuse: can India afford to remain in denial?
By Priya Virmani - 25 April 12:13

Traditional notions of the Indian family allow child abuse to happen with impunity.

It is time for Turkey to recognise the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide
By Benjamin Abtan - 20 April 10:02

It is now 98 years since 1.5m Armenians were systematically massacred. Recognising what happened is the only way to help us all move forward.

Forty years on, Bangladesh is still in the shadows of war
By Aisha Gani - 19 April 13:21

A focus on unity and closure is desperately needed.

Pakistan Calling: Still hope at the end of the line
By Salman Shaheen - 10 April 9:08

DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the

Manoeuvres and rallies as Pakistan's election campaign heats up
By Samira Shackle - 25 March 11:32

It's set to be a tight race, and nothing - not even assassination - is beyond the realms of possibility.