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New Zealand mental patient's death puts Japan under spotlight


A Japanese campaign group whose members include lawyers and academics called on Wednesday for a change in psychiatric hospitals' practice of putting patients under prolonged restraint after the death of a New Zealand man.

Sri Lanka to probe 2011 World Cup cricket defeat


Sri Lanka's sports minister gave his support Wednesday for an investigation into the country's controversial 2011 World Cup loss against India, amid fresh allegations of match fixing.

Four sanitation workers killed in attempt to clean pit in Indian capital


Four sanitation workers were killed due to suffocation while attempting to clean an underground pit meant for rainwater harvest in the Indian capital of New Delhi, police said Sunday.

Pakistani robotics team reaches U.S. for First Global Challenge


A team of Pakistani robotics have reached the United States to participate in the First Global Challenge robotics competition starting on Monday.

Pakistani forces foil terrorists' attack in Khyber tribal area: army


Pakistan military said on Friday that the security forces had foiled an early morning terrorists' attack from the Afghan side of the border.

Indian police rescue woman locked in dark room by brother for 15 years


Police in the western Indian state of Goa Wednesday claimed to have rescued a 50-year-old woman who had been locked in a dark room by her brother for 15 years.

India's top court suspends ban on trade in cattle for slaughter


India's Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority.

New Delhi on high alert after terror attack on pilgrims


The Indian capital New Delhi is on high alert following Monday's terrorist attack in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir which left at least seven Hindu pilgrims dead.

Dying "Mother Ganga": India's holy river succumbs to pollution


India's holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees.

India's Reliance Jio denies data breach, says user data safe


Indian telecom operator Reliance Jio Monday downplayed reports of a data breach and reassured subscribers about the safety of sensitive personal information after anxious users took to Twitter to point out that many details had been exposed on a website called "magicapk."