A Taliban suicide bomber has struck a bus carrying Afghan military personnel in Kabul killing at least 11 people, officials say.
India has summoned a top US diplomat in New Dehli to complain for the third time about spying, following new claims that the National Security Agency (NSA) targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.
Pakistan has passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to clamp down on terrorism, but many activists and politicians have described the provisions as draconian.
A top Shia group in India has called for thousands of volunteers to travel to Iraq to fight "terrorism" by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebels, "protect Shia shrines" and "look after" the wounded, the group members said.
The Taliban has established a foothold in southern Afghanistan in a 10-day battle against Afghan forces, locals said, as the army and police struggle to prove they can defeat the fighters without NATO help.
India's domestically-produced Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, carrying satellites from France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.
Pakistan has launched a ground offensive against rebel strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the tribal region, the army has said.
Police in southern India have detained two construction company directors as rescuers continued searching for missing workers in one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 22 people.
Sri Lankan police have arrested key suspects accused of fuelling religious riots and looting, as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan, officials said.
All the 46 Indian nurses stuck in an Iraqi hospital are safe and adequate assistance has been provided to them after some shortage of funds was being reported, India's foreign ministry officials have said.
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