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Pakistan court stays mentally ill man's execution


A court in Pakistan has stayed the execution of a schizophrenic man who was due to be hanged next week, a rights group says.

Indian musician Bismillah Khan's instruments 'stolen by grandson'


The grandson of late Indian musician Ustad Bismillah Khan has been arrested for stealing and selling five instruments belonging to the maestro.

UAE confirms five officials killed in Afghan attack


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has confirmed that five of its officials were killed in a bomb attack in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

Indian police seize 6,000 stolen turtles in record haul


Indian police have seized more than 6,000 freshwater turtles from poachers who planned to smuggle them out of the country.

Bangladesh terror cafe reopens in new location


A Bangladesh cafe has reopened, six months after Islamic extremists killed 22 people during a hostage siege.

Fury over India flag doormats for sale on Amazon


India's foreign minister has criticised online retail giant Amazon after its Canadian website was found to be selling doormats featuring the Indian flag.

Afghan Taliban releases video of U.S., Australian hostages


The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to negotiate with their captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed they would be killed.

India to probe soldier's viral video on 'bad food'


India's home minister has ordered a probe into three videos posted by a soldier, claiming troops on the border with Pakistan got poor quality food.

Deadly terrorist attacks in Kabul, Kandahar reveal security lapse in Afghanistan


​The Afghan government was criticized for failing to ensure the security in the country after more than three dozen people, mostly civilians, lost their lives in terrorist attacks that shocked Afghan capital Kabul and Kandahar, the major city in the south of the insurgency-hit Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Pakistan pressed over 'abducted’ activists


Hundreds of people have held protests across Pakistan to demand the authorities trace four activists who have gone missing in the past week.