Ashraf Ghani has been sworn is as the new president of Afghanistan in a lavish ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, ending months of turmoil over a fraud tainted election.
Afghanistan's outgoing president Hamid Karzai has approved the execution of five men for armed robbery and sexual assault, his spokesman has said.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underscored his readiness to restart bilateral talks with nuclear rival Pakistan, but insisted that such negotiations must be held "without a shadow of terrorism".
An Indian court has sentenced the top elected official of the southern state of Tamil Nadu to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago.
Torture of political prisoners is widespread in Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country courted by the West as a transit point for forces fighting in Afghanistan, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.
Rawalpindi - September 26, 2014: Pakistan today conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR).
Hundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a district southwest of the Afghan capital and officials say the area is in danger of falling to the armed group after five days of fighting.
India's space agency has released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the country's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet.
A 70-year-old British national, sentenced to death in Pakistan for committing blasphemy, is being treated in hospital after he was shot and wounded in prison, officials said.
An Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet's orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt.
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