The Foreign Desk
At Mehrauli’s crumbling Summer Palace, a once opulent building established by India’s Moghul rulers on the southern edge of Delhi, lie four grave plots.
Three of the plots are occupied by the tombs of Mughul emperors – Akbar Shah II, Bahadur Shah I and Shah Alam II. But the fourth remains empty. On a recent walk around [...]
Khalil ‘Ken’ Dale was a British aid worker kidnapped in Pakistan earlier this year and then subsequently killed by his captors. They attached a note to his body, discovered by police in Quetta on Sunday, saying he had been killed because no ransom had been paid.
The conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor for crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in neighboring Sierra Leone finds both West African countries and the region grappling with his terrible legacy.
It had to happen. India’s slide in the past two or three years from a self-perceived emerging economic super-power to its current crisis of appalling government performance, sliding economic statistics, and almost daily political crises has today led to a damning international verdict with ratings agency Standard & Poor’s deciding [...]
With the Eurovision approaching, it’s time to draw attention to the lack of human rights in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani journalist Idrak Abbasov was brutally assaulted last week.
“Where I have come from, telling the truth can cost a journalist their life”, he said. “In countries such as Azerbaijan we journalists have to make a choice, and we choose the right to tell the truth.”
Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives who was forced out in what he says was a coup earlier this year, is trying to drum up support from the international community to pressure the new regime to hold early elections.
Currently in Delhi with a small delegation of MPs from his party, he said he [...]
Two events in the past few days underline the decline both in the popularity of the Congress Party that leads India’s coalition government and the success of prime minister Manmohan Singh as an economic reformer. People ranging from the voters of New Delhi to loyal economists and other policy allies have in effect warned that, [...]
When you are the most powerful leader in the world, you want to be seen to be manipulating events, not the other way round.
Unfortunately for President Barack Obama, he’s in trouble on the foreign policy front, seven months from a presidential election. At best the situation is unpredictable, at worst, it’s a disaster.
It was hot and dusty and the motorcycle journey back from Aung San Suu Kyi’s campaign rally in the town of Kawmhu had already taken more than an hour. Would you like something to drink, asked my Burmese journalist colleague. Before I knew what was in store, I’d agreed.
Army intrigue and graft hits India’s defences
Concern about worsening relations between India’s army and government is graphically illustrated by a story that takes up the entire front page of The The Indian Express this morning about two key mechanised military units moving unexpectedly towards Delhi at night in mid-January. The government did not have the usual [...]
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