asia & pacific
The priceless Kohinoor diamond is one of the most famous jewels in the world — and according to India, a shining example of the UK's unapologetic attitude towards colonial-era pillage.
The hot spell comes less than a year after at least 2,500 Indians died during one of the world's worst heat waves on record.
By Tess Owen
Chinese state media kicked off a campaign titled "Dangerous Love," which tells the tale — in cartoons — of a young foreigner named David charming a Chinese civil servant named Little Li in an effort to get access to her classified documents.
At least 28 people were killed and more than 300 injured when Taliban militants detonated a truck bomb and fought a gun battle near a government building during morning rush hour.
By Harry Pearl
The $17 billion mining project would produce 20 percent more emissions each year than New York City and require ocean dredging nearby the Great Barrier Reef.
Forty percent of people in Bangladesh lack access to electricity, but locals fear that the construction of new power plants will lead to thousands of evictions and the razing of schools and religious sites.
Paul Le Roux allegedly masterminded killings and smuggled drugs all over the globe. So why is the US government cutting secretive deals with him?
The Kremlin's new role as the most vocal proponent of the drug war has created a domestic HIV crisis, led to allegations of corruption, and slowed the pace of reform worldwide.
During a campaign rally, Rodrigo Duterte, the election frontrunner, said he was angry that jail inmates who brutally raped and murdered a missionary in 1989 had gotten to the woman before he did.
A 7.3-magnitude struck there region overnight, just one day after a 6.2 earthquake forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes on the island of Kyushu.
If North Korean founding father Kim Il-sung was looking down from above as his successors celebrated his birthday today he may have been a little disappointed.
By John Dyer
It's illegal to help someone evade taxes or conceal their assets from a judge in the event of a divorce — but the Panama Papers show that unscrupulous lawyers will still do so.
North Korea has deployed one or two intermediate-range ballistic missiles, possibly preparing for launch on Friday, the anniversary of the birth of the country's founder, according to Yonhap.
By Tess Owen
The footage emerged just as US Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in the Philippines to mark a new defense agreement between the two countries.
South Korea's ruling conservatives have lost their legislative majority at a time of growing tensions with North Korea, in a move that could jeopardize ongoing attempts at economic reforms.
By VICE News
The case may have been dismissed but the fact a court heard it, and the publicity it has generated, is still being seen as a major step forward for gay rights in China.
VICE News joined a conservation NGO as it tracked illegally logged wood from forests in southern Cambodia to a factory in Phnom Penh which makes clothes for brands including GAP and Timberland.
'Jihad against the aggressive and usurping infidel army is a holy obligation upon our necks,' said a Taliban statement, as they announced the start of this year's fighting season.
An unnamed official told Yonhap news agency that the North Korean army colonel specialized in anti-South espionage operations and this was the highest-level military figure ever to have defected.