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Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

Jun 18, 2018

Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, but he says he hopes to serve the entire country

Rights body asks Pakistan to end crackdown on activists

Jun 14, 2018

An international rights body has urged Pakistan to end the "current crackdown" on human rights defenders, activists, journalists and members of civil society ahead of the July 25 elections

Pakistan refuses to allow Islamist party to enter elections

Jun 13, 2018

Pakistan's elections oversight body has rejected a request from an Islamist party backed by a radical cleric with alleged terror links to participate in upcoming elections

Suicide bomber kills 12 in Afghan capital

Jun 11, 2018

Afghan officials say a suicide bomber struck outside a government ministry in the capital, killing 12 people and wounding 31 days before the start of a holiday cease-fire with the Taliban

The Latest: Suicide bombing in Afghan capital kills 12

Jun 11, 2018

Afghan officials say a suicide bombing outside a government ministry in Kabul has killed 12 people and wounded 31

Rohingya upset UN agreement didn't address citizenship

Jun 9, 2018

Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled attacks in Myanmar say they are disappointed that the agreement signed earlier this week did not address one of their key demands: citizenship.

Maldives to hold presidential election on Sept. 23

Jun 8, 2018

The Maldives elections commission has announced that the country's presidential election will be held in September, as democratic freedoms decline in the archipelago state 10 years after the introduction of a multiparty system

Gunmen kill 4 praying at mosque in eastern Afghanistan

Jun 7, 2018

Four people praying at a mosque were shot to death by attackers in a car in eastern Afghanistan

China steps up 'training' of Tibetan clergy, officials

Jun 6, 2018

Chinese authorities are ramping up political indoctrination among Tibetan Buddhist clergy and officials in charge of religious affairs as part of a campaign to strengthen the ruling Communist Party's grip on religion

Myanmar, UN sign pact on initial steps for Rohingya return

Jun 6, 2018

Myanmar and U.N. agencies signed an agreement that might eventually lead to the return of some of the 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who fled brutal persecution by the country's security forces and are now crowded into makeshift camps in Bangladesh

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