Despite popular support for girls' education, attacks by a resurgent Taliban and other groups in southern and southeastern Afghanistan are forcing the closure of schools throughout the region and beyond, according to a new report released by Huma
More than 1,000 female prisoners are expected to be released this week on bail in Pakistan following a decision by President Pervez Musharraf to review a controversial set of laws affecting women. Many of the female inmates are awaiting trial for
Led by fast-growing China and India, Asia is going nuclear in a big way to feed its ravenous appetite for energy. The strains of economic growth are already showing. Energy shortages have forced Chinese factories to scale back production, and farm
European and African ministers said the waves of illegal migrants seeking a better future in Europe would not be stopped unless Europe helped Africa fight poverty. The ministers, meeting in Rabat to reach a plan on migration, came from 50 nations,
Now that López Obrador has presented his petition to the tribunal, he would do well to call off the protests and let the judges do their work. But he is unlikely to do that. He has a long history of staging public demonstrations to protest political
Militiamen linked to Somalia's sharia courts faced off with a group vowing to fight Mogadishu's new Islamist rulers as residents feared another flare-up in fighting after a month of relative peace. And in another indication of the emerging
Prosecutors investigating the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s said on Friday it will take months to assemble cases against those responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million people. "The investigation phase of any trial is a long process,**QQ*
News reporting about disasters and public disorder in China could become a crime under a proposed bill which would ban the spread of information about catastrophes without official permission. Government officials say the legislation is aimed at s
Britain marked the first anniversary of the London suicide bombings with flowers, candles and a 2-minute silence on Friday as the city's police chief said another attack now looked more likely. One year after four young British Islamists blew
For $46 any Chinese can now hop on a 15-car daily train in Beijing and be listening to wind chimes in Tibet's capital, Lhasa, 2 days later. 3 trains from cities around China will now surmount 16,000-foot mountain heights, traverse a world-record
Two senior Cuban officials charged that a report on the communist nation delivered to the Bush administration's National Security Council amounted to a blueprint for an Iraq-style regime change in the Caribbean. "We are facing a real thre
People in Britain view the United States as a vulgar, crime-ridden society obsessed with money and led by an incompetent president whose Iraq policy is failing, according to a newspaper poll.
China defended a proposed law that would fine media reporting on riots and disasters without official approval, saying Monday it wants to encourage responsible journalism — not punish independent reporting.
"I was strongly urged by colleagues not to undertake this project, for two reasons," Caroline Elkins said in an interview at her home, not far from the campus. "One, they felt it was too politically sensitive. Two, they said there woul
North Korea test-fired at least six missiles on Wednesday, including a long-range weapon said to be capable of reaching Alaska, ratcheting up tensions in north Asia and drawing international condemnation. The long-range Taepodong-2 missile apparen
Gordon Brown has hinted that he wants the police to have the power to hold terrorist suspects for up to 90 days without charge - reopening a political row that led to a humiliating Commons defeat for Tony Blair.
An anti-Iraq war protester was questioned by police outside Downing Street because she was reading The Independent. Thursday's headline: "Warning: if you read this newspaper you may be arrested under the Government's anti-terror laws.**Q
A couple of years ago, Taiwanese President Shui-bian regularly outraged Beijing with his rhetorical blasts suggesting the high-tech island economy might someday pursue full-fledged independence from mainland China. Nowadays, he is fighting for his po
Under the orders, terrorism suspects who have not been charged with a crime have been electronically tagged, confined to their houses for most of the day and banned from using computers and telephones or meeting people without permission.
For the first time since Iran walked away from negotiations with France, Germany and Great Britain in August 2005, there are rays of optimism in the crisis over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Before breaking out the champagne to celebra
A Chinese law imposing fines on media that report emergencies such as riots and natural disasters without official approval could go into effect by October, the government said Tuesday, as a rights group urged Beijing to scrap it. Critics said the
4 media organizations asked a judge to hear arguments on overturning a media blackout in the cases of the suspects charged with plotting to bomb buildings in southern Ontario.
For a long time, the top-selling poster in Hassan al-Sheikh's gift shop here showed President Bashar al-Assad of Syria seated beside the leader of Hezbollah in Lebanon. A few weeks ago a slightly different poster overtook it, this one with the Sy
A prominent Somali cleric who is on the United States list of terror suspects has been elected as head of an Islamist militia that controls the Somali capital and most of the southern regions. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys was elected in absentia late
Martin Gilbertson had gone to police in October 2003 about the men after becoming alarmed about anti-Western material being produced by an Islamic bookshop in West Yorkshire where he helped maintain computers. He says he sent West Yorkshire Police
Mr Brown used his Mansion House speech to the City last night to announce his personal commitment to keeping an independent deterrent. [Deterrent from whom?]
President Evo Morales drew a sharp denial from the U.S. Embassy when he claimed in a speech that the United States is sending soldiers disguised as students and tourists to Bolivia. [So much for the Bolivian tourist industry.]
In this country where women are forced to completely cover themselves in public, are barred from driving, and need permission to travel abroad, it's small wonder many are embracing the freedom of anonymity on the Internet. As Internet usage co
China's top satellite launcher has angrily denied US accusations that it was assisting Iran's missile programmes and demanded that its assets in the US be freed up, state press has said.
The $65 million communications satellite is part of a wider plan to raise the profile of the country, one of the world's top 20 oil producers, as a key player in the Central Asian region while maintaining good ties with neighbouring Russia.