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Pakistan Says 1.45 Million Afghans Can Stay For Another Year Following UN Refugee Chief’s Visit

Pakistan Says 1.45 Million Afghans Can Stay For Another Year Following UN Refugee Chief’s Visit

By Munir Ahmed
The decision came after a widely criticized anti-migrant crackdown that started last year forced an estimated 600,000 Afghans to return home.

Thai Legalization Advocates Rally as Government Moves Toward Cannabis Ban

Thai Legalization Advocates Rally as Government Moves Toward Cannabis Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
Late last week, a drug control committee approved a proposal to relist the drug as a narcotic by the end of the year.
Why the Panchen Lama Matters

Why the Panchen Lama Matters

By Antonio Terrone
The Panchen Lamas and Dalai Lamas consider themselves “spiritual friends,” but the relationship between the two figures and their communities has hardly been smooth. 

What Draws People to India’s Fake ‘Godmen’?

What Draws People to India’s Fake ‘Godmen’?

By Kavita Chowdhury
‘Godman’ ‘Bhole Baba’ draws Dalits, the poor and illiterate in droves. At his recent congregation in Uttar Pradesh, 121 followers died in a stampede.

Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC

Mongolia’s Cultural Diplomacy Brings New Deals With Fulham FC, BBC

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia is thinking outside the box in its attempts to diversify its economy, especially by promoting the tourism sector.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

The Doha Meeting: Where Were the Afghan Women?

The Doha Meeting: Where Were the Afghan Women?

By Amina Zurmati and Qudratullah Zurmati
By marginalizing Afghan women, the U.N. risks perpetuating the very injustices it aims to address.

How Did a Religious Gathering in India Turn Into a Deadly Stampede?

How Did a Religious Gathering in India Turn Into a Deadly Stampede?

By Biswajeet Banerjee and Krutika Pathi
The event was held in a tent in a muddy field and had permission for 80,000 to attend. Some 250,000 people showed up.
Medical Entrance Scam Charge Hits Modi Government

Medical Entrance Scam Charge Hits Modi Government

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Irregularities in two top competitive exams have revived the federalism debate in India.

Stampede at Religious Event in India Kills at Least 116, Mostly Women and Children

Stampede at Religious Event in India Kills at Least 116, Mostly Women and Children

By Biswajeet Banerjee
Thousands of people a rushed to leave a makeshift tent following an event with Hindu figure Bhole Baba. The resulting stampede left over 100 dead and 80 more injured.

In Okinawa, 2 New Sexual Assault Cases Implicating US Soldiers Fuel Public Anger

In Okinawa, 2 New Sexual Assault Cases Implicating US Soldiers Fuel Public Anger

By Takahashi Kosuke
Unless corrective measures are made, and quickly, the anti-U.S. military base sentiment and movement in Okinawa will grow, damaging Japan-U.S. cooperation at a crucial time.

How Myanmar’s Railways Reflect the Nation’s Uneasy History

How Myanmar’s Railways Reflect the Nation’s Uneasy History

By Sebastian Strangio
A new book highlights the role that the country's rail network has played in the making – and unmaking – of a conflict-torn country.
Shattering Silence: Pakistan’s Journey Against Gender-Based Violence

Shattering Silence: Pakistan’s Journey Against Gender-Based Violence

By Fizza Abbas
Over the last decade, Pakistan has built up its legal infrastructure to combat GBV, but implementation remains deeply flawed. Can civil society fill in the gaps?

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