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Whistleblower Exposes India’s Murderous Cops

In 1994, a Punjabi cop filed a lawsuit against his colleagues accusing them of the secret torture and killing of innocents. Now, as his case is …

25 Years On, Mothers Of Tiananmen Square Dead Seek Answers

The elderly woman carefully handed over the tissue-thin white paper slip. The flimsy invoice was her son's death notice. The words hurriedly scrawled on it in blue ink — "shot outside and died" — were proof to her of the crimes of the state.<p>Zhang Xianling's son, Wang Nan, was just 19 years old when …

Migrants face 'living hell' in Greek detention

Migrants and asylum-seekers detained in Greece are being forced to endure deplorable conditions, often with devastating effects on their health, according to a report from aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).<p>Doctors who have attended internment camps, police stations and coastguard facilities …

How Pakistan succumbed to a hard-drug epidemic

Almost 30 years after first reporting on Pakistan’s then nascent North West Frontier heroin trade, David Browne returns to find a city – and a country – in the grip of mass drug addiction<p>Unlike in India, there are no bright, fantastic colours here. In the horizon the air shimmers evanescent grey, …

Afghanistan elections: The myth and reality about ethnic divides | US & Canada

For the first time in Afghanistan's recent history, the country's major ethnic groups are effectively divided, not against each other, but rather, each from within. None of the 11 presidential tickets is ethnically homogenous and all ethnic groups are faced with their leaders separated and …

Immigration Department data lapse reveals asylum seekers' personal details

The personal details of a third of all asylum seekers held in Australia – almost 10,000 adults and children – have been inadvertently released by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in one of the most serious privacy breaches in Australia’s history.<p>A vast database containing the …

Can a gun protect India's women from rape and violence?

It weighs barely 500g, is slim enough to slip into a purse, features an attractive darkwood handle on a black titanium-alloy body and comes in a bejewelled maroon case. Engraved on its barrel is the name Nirbheek: Hindi for fearless, and a synonym for Nirbhaya, the name given to the unnamed …

U.S. Official: Afghanistan Could Become 'Narco-Criminal State'

Despite a $7 billion effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, poppy cultivation there is at its highest level since the U.S. invasion more than a decade ago, sparking corruption, criminal gangs and providing the insurgency with hard cash, says John Sopko, the special inspector general …