India's ruling Congress party has unveiled its election manifesto, promising a slew of pro-poor measures, including homes and health care for all.
Sri Lanka faces renewed condemnation at the United Nations' top human rights body, as a resolution for an international criminal investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by government soldiers is being debated in Geneva.
Pakistan has said it is "highly disturbing" to see what is said were attempts by Afghanistan to implicate it in last week's attack on a Kabul hotel in which nine civilians were shot dead by armed men.
The leader of a fledgling Indian anti-corruption party announced his plans on Tuesday to stand against the election frontrunner and opposition leader, Narendra Modi, in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state.
Suicide bombers and gunmen have attacked an election commission office beside the home of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and engaged in a lengthy gun battle with security forces, less than two weeks before a presidential poll.
Sri Lanka's military admitted soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a rare admission of guilt after years of allegations over its personnel's treatment of Tamil rebels during an uprising.
A collision between two passenger buses and a petrol tanker has killed 35 people in southwest Pakistan, officials said, with many of the victims burning to death.
At least nine people, including a journalist and his family, and a foreign election observer were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul on Thursday.
An Indian court has sentenced four men to life in jail for gang-raping a woman in Mumbai last year.
Four Taliban fighters entered a luxury hotel in Kabul before being shot dead, officials said, adding that three people were wounded as guests were rushed to reinforced safe rooms.
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|F. William Engdahl|