A court in Pakistan has indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and three of his children on corruption charges. The case stems from the 2016 leak of the Panama Papers.
Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan have been elected to the prestigious UN Human Rights Council. But experts say these countries have a dismal rights record and their election to the body is condemnable.
The Taliban has killed 43 government troops at a military base in southern Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry reports. Nine soldiers were wounded and six remain missing, according to a statement from the ministry.
Chinese officials are praising the ideology that Xi Jinping has unveiled at the Communist Party's annual congress. The president could cement his power if his new adages are incorporated into the party's constitution.
Every five years, China's Communist Party convenes at a special congress. Can the one taking place now bring about political change? DW spoke with Chinese author and activist Ma Jian, who lives in Berlin.
As India celebrates the Hindu festival of Diwali, marked by bursting firecrackers and lighting lamps, the ban on fireworks in Delhi has cast a dark shadow on traders. Some say it will take out fun from the festival.
While the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya refugees makes global headlines, the predicament of detainees on Manus Island and Nauru has largely been forgotten. But two Iranians have documented their misery for the celluloid.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US holds Myanmar's military leadership responsible for the crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Rights group Amnesty International (AI) has reported Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of people in a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims. The government denies reports of atrocities.
Kofi Annan has urged the UN Security Council to push Myanmar to accept the return of half-a-million Muslim Rohingas sheltering in Bangladesh. The former UN chief said otherwise a "festering problem" would remain.
Myanmar's army chief has refuted the scale of the Rohingya refugee crisis. Around half of the Rohingya population has been forced into Bangladesh.
The UN has said Myanmar's army is involved in a "systematic" effort to rid the country of Rohingya. Around half of the Rohingya population has been forced into Bangladesh.
The United Nations has launched a massive vaccination drive in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh amid fears of a cholera outbreak. Nearly one million Rohingya are living in desperate conditions in the camps.
Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts. Ana P. Santos reports.
A suspected US drone strike along the Afghan-Pakistani border region has killed at least 26 people, including Haqqani fighters. Why is the Haqqani Network considered one of the most feared militant groups in the region?
Pakistan is under pressure from the Trump administration to honor its counterterrorism commitments in the region.
Despite improved access to education, security concerns keep many Afghan girls out of the classroom, HRW states.
The Egyptian capital Cairo is the world's most dangerous megacity for women, with high rates of harassment and a lack of opportunities. In the Thomson Reuters Foundation poll, London ranked best metropolis for women.
Although US President Donald Trump has appreciated Pakistan's efforts in securing the release of a US-Canadian couple, experts say it is yet to be seen whether Islamabad is serious about defeating Islamists.
The Supreme Court's ruling that having sexual intercourse with a wife aged under 18 is rape marks a big step forward in the fight against child marriage and sexual abuse of minors. But many worry about its enforcement.
Former PM Nawaz Sharif's son-in-law has caused uproar among Pakistan's liberal sections by demanding a ban on military jobs for the minority Ahmadi community. DW examines why Pakistan has a problem with Ahmadis.
New Delhi's Jantar Mantar site provides space to people from all walks of life to express their views and protest against injustices. But a ban on these activities has caused uproar among human rights groups.
A Pakistani court is set to decide the fate of an Islamic State-linked terror suspect whose extradition is being sought by the US. The Trump administration has ratcheted up pressure on Islamabad to act against Islamists.
Fake news in India is a rising problem. The practice of using social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to disseminate false information is ushering in a dangerous trend. Murali Krishnan reports from New Delhi.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has kicked off the country's 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing. Xi, who told his audience the party needed to reinvigorate itself, is expected to shake up the Politburo.
Nearly 3 million Kyrgyz citizens were able to cast their vote to replace sitting President Almazbek Atambayev. The election may result in the former Soviet republic's first peaceful transition of presidential power.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he will eject EU ambassadors out of Manila if it turns out they are demanding his country be kicked out of the UN. EU countries denied any knowledge of the demand.
One man's unsent text message has been ruled a valid will by a court in Australia. The man drafted the text shortly before taking his life, leaving his home to his brother instead of his wife and son.
Expansion of the world's second-largest economy has cooled slightly, fresh figures from the national statistics office have shown. But there's no sign of instability as the Communist Party Congress is in full swing.
Pyongyang said it wants a nuclear-free world, but a war might still start due to an "extreme and direct" US threat.
The top US diplomat said he will aim for a peaceful solution to the North Korean crisis 'until the first bomb drops.'
Indonesian football is in shock after one of their most famous players died following a collision during a game in Indonesia's top division. Choirul Huda was 38.
Destructive floods and landslides have killed at least 54 people in northern and central Vietnam in one of the deadliest natural disasters to hit in years. With another tropical storm on the way, more rain is expected.
Indonesian bishop Hubertus Leteng was accused of having a mistress and siphoning off more than €100,000 in church funds. Leteng has denied the allegations.
Portrait painting has a 2000-year-old tradition in China. A Berlin exhibition features magnificent paintings from the Ming and Qing Dynasties spanning over five centuries, from 1368 to 1912.
Human rights activists and family members of the victims of drug-related killings have expressed outrage and disappointment at Manila's denial of any wrongdoing in President Duterte's drug war. Ana P. Santos reports.
In a DW interview, the vice president of the Philippines talks about working with a mercurial leader, President Duterte, extrajudicial killings and being openly challenged by the son of an ex-dictator who wants her post.
In her debut speech after 100 days in office, Hong Kong's new chief executive called for improvements to housing policy and social issues. She also emphasized Hong Kong's autonomy from mainland China.
Thailand's ruling junta has announced plans to hold repeatedly delayed elections next year. If held, the new civilian government would still face restrictions.
Campaigning for Japan's snap election has officially begun, with PM Shinzo Abe defending against an new upstart party. Topics like reviving the economy and North Korea are set to dominate the October 22 vote.
A Fukushima court has ordered the Japanese government and nuclear plant operator TEPCO to pay damages for the 2011 triple meltdown. The case was the largest class action suit brought over the nuclear disaster.
President Xi is set to expand his anti-corruption drive that critics say does more to consolidate his political power.
The 19th congress of the CPC gives President Xi Jinping an opportunity to tighten his grip over power in China.
Former US President Jimmy Carter has intervened successfully in North Korea in the past. Will he step in one more time?
North Korean hackers have leaked hundreds of Seoul's military documents, according to media reports.
Nearly two years after the Kaesong park was shut down, output resumes as North Korea seeks new ways around sanctions.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has reportedly made his sister, Kim Yo Jong, an alternate member of the politburo.
Since February seven workers for the humanitarian group have been killed in escalating violence.
Amnesty International has urged EU nations to stop sending Afghans who do not qualify for asylum back to their homeland.
Japan's largest nuclear power plant has been declared safe by regulators, prompting renewed concerns from critics that operator TEPCO has not learned the lessons of the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Julian Ryall reports.
Ordinary Iranians have taken to social media in response to Saudi Arabia's reforms allowing women to drive. Many compared the emergence of women's rights in Saudi Arabia to the sluggish growth of Iran's women's movement.
Ahead of elections in Gujarat, Indian PM Narendra Modi's home state, attacks against "lower-caste" Dalits have increased. Could the outrage of Dalits hurt the ruling BJP party in the polls? Murali Krishnan reports.
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