It's good to talk
By Angela Saini - 18 July 1:00

Many Indians prefer mobile phones to computer screens for accessing the internet, causing a huge sur

The Books Interview: Aravind Adiga
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 18 July 1:00

In both your Booker-winning debut, The White Tiger, and new book, Last Man in Tower, you analyse the depredations of India's dash for growth. Is that how you see it?

Hamid Karzai's brother shot dead at his house
By Samira Shackle - 12 July 13:17

Ahmad Wali Karzai's alleged corruption was embarrassing for Nato, but his assassination is a big boo

Cannon fodder of the Afghan killing fields
By Mehdi Hasan - 07 July 12:48

Since the US/UK invasion in 2001, 374 British service personnel have been killed in Afghanistan. The

Afghanistan: fault lines in the sand
By Michael Semple - 07 July 12:48

The Taliban are just one faction in a long civil war which, thanks to international intervention, se

Zen, Japan and the art of democracy
By Roy Starrs - 07 July 12:48

Foreign observers have long been baffled by Japan’s self-discipline in the face of multiple disaster

Pakistan's tweeters take on the state
By Catriona Luke - 22 June 12:31

"Just spoke with ████ from the ISI. He tells me that ███&#

Dave Lee Travis was my "lifeline" says, Aung San Suu Kyi
By Duncan Robinson - 21 June 13:37

The former BBC radio DJ was a "lifeline" for the Burmese pro-democracy campaigner when she was under

SOAS hosts Musharraf, despite arrest warrant for Bhutto’s murder
By Peter Tatchell - 17 June 15:25

The University of London’s collusion with the ex-dictator and alleged war criminal is shameful.

Exclusive — Rowan Williams in conversation with William Hague
By Rowan Williams - 17 June 8:25

The Foreign Secretary believes Britain abroad must temper idealism with pragmatism. The Archbishop o

Why the Chinese cyber attack is the ultimate scare story
By Alice Miles - 02 June 9:24

Obama in Britain, the Queen in Ireland, Kate and Wills in Canada. The news value of such “events” li

The NS Interview: Lang Lang
By Sophie Elmhirst - 26 May 13:18

“China is much better, more open, but also rediscovering its roots”

On China
By Douglas Hurd - 26 May 13:06

Henry Kissinger and the mysteries of China.

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 26 May 13:04

1. Africa

The UK and its partners must commit to Afghanistan
By Rebecca Barber - 19 May 17:13

The Afghan people were promised a country where human rights are respected and protected. We cannot

It’s all fun and games until someone gets tortured
By Duncan Robinson - 13 May 18:01

We laugh at Ramzan Kadyrov just as we laughed at Gaddafi – until he started killing his own people.

For Osama, there’s no hope of resurrection
By Olivier Roy - 12 May 13:31

With the killing of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, al-Qaeda is as good as dead. This was never a mass move

Leader: After Bin Laden, it’s time to end this unwinnable war
By Staff blogger - 12 May 13:31

Obama now has the political cover necessary to order an accelerated withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Inside Pakistan's spy network
By Anatol Lieven - 12 May 13:28

The ISI gorged on US money during the 1980s. Now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, can the west still bu

What did Musharraf know?
By Catriona Luke - 10 May 12:21

His memoirs, written while he was still military president of Pakistan, are a fascinating source of

Afghanistan — a heavy legacy for Generation Xbox
By Max Benitz - 05 May 12:10

Max Benitz plunges into life with a company of Scots Guards on the front line in Helmand Province. 

The dangers of oversimplifying the situation in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 03 May 10:44

Many of those who are quick to condemn the country have a limited understanding of its structures an

Bin Laden’s death: US front pages
By George Eaton - 02 May 10:38

The <em>New York Post</em>’s verdict on Bin Laden’s death: “US nails the bastard”.

Osama Bin Laden killed by US forces
By George Eaton - 02 May 8:26

Al-Qaeda leader killed after a “firefight” in Pakistan, Barack Obama announces.

The Week So Far
By Staff blogger - 20 April 13:48

1. North America

Pakistan’s tenets of the faith
By Asma Jahangir - 14 April 13:49

Blasphemy laws in Pakistan endanger lives as well as freedom of speech.

Japan hit by another earthquake
By Liam McLaughlin - 07 April 17:45

The north east coast of Honshu has been hit by an earthquake of between magnitude 7.1 and 7.4

In Kazakhstan, where elections are superfluous
By Leo Cendrowicz - 04 April 22:02

While Nursultan Nazarbayev is around, there’s little chance of marching in the streets of Astana and

After the fallout, it’s boom to bust
By Alex Preston - 24 March 13:30

The economic slump in Japan has lasted 20 years. Now, just as the gloom seemed to be lifting, has th

Humbled by nature, humble by culture
By Susanna Jones - 24 March 13:30

The scale of the 11 March Japanese earthquake and tsunami is a profound reminder of just how small w