The Foreign Desk
A year has somehow charged past since the abduction and murder of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, a full 12 months in which no suspect has been identified, no-one charged with his killing and nobody brought to justice.
The 40-year-old correspondent of Asia Times Online, disappeared on the evening of May 29, a Sunday, as he [...]
India’s government and the presiding Nehru-Gandhi dynasty have a problem – not the policy vacuum, sliding economy, weak leadership and bullying by coalition partners that are only too well known, but a new one that has been entirely of its own making in the past week.
Drought in the Sahel region of West Africa is fast becoming a humanitarian crisis; Henry Makiwa travels to Burkina Faso to see how the lack of rain and an influx of refugees have affected the country.
Hilary Clinton has just had first-hand experience of the problems that the Indian government regularly faces with its unpredictably irascible – and it now appears maybe untruthful – coalition partner, Mamata Banerjee.
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 [...]
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