Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe: accused of not understanding Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images.

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe finally answered critics of his government’s asylum policies this week with a short blast of realpolitik: Japan must(...)

Residents look at damage caused by a parcel bomb  in Liucheng county, Guangxi province, China. Police said the attacks were related to a “criminal case”. Photograph: EPA

Police said a series of 17 parcel bomb explosions that killed seven people and wounded dozens more in southwestern China were not “terrorist acts”, as(...)

Sri Lankan mourners burying coffins with 61 victims killed in a bomb attack at Kebitogollewa in northern Sri Lanka in June 2006. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka signalled on Thursday it aims to establish a credible judicial process involving foreign judges and prosecutors to investigate alleged war c(...)

Kenyon Meyler’s mother, Melanie, said her son “ brought joy to everyone he met and Kenny had a wisdom about him – an old soul”.

An Irishman who murdered a fellow national has been sentenced life in jail with a 17-year minimum in Western Australia. Vincent Crowe killed Wexford m(...)

Spot of bother: wild leopard gets head stuck in metal pot 0:57

A wild leopard has been rescued by forest officials in Rajasthan, India after it got its head stuck in a metal pot. The leopard, who was searching for(...)

India’s prime minister  Narendra Modi plans to clothe  African leaders in traditional Indian attire. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

(...). Mr Modi, who dresses this way, is reportedly taking his cue from the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic(...)

Afghan security personnel talk as they perpare to launch a counter-offensive to retake the city from Taliban insurgents at the airport in Kunduz on September 30, 2015. Photograph: Nasir Waqif/AFP/Getty Images

The Taliban are widening their offensive in northern Afghanistan after government forces failed to take back Kunduz, the strategic city in the north(...)

A cow in the  roadway in Siliguri, India,  photographed in April  2014. Prime minister  Narendra Modi, a vegetarian Hindu nationalist,  warned before being elected that the country’s expanding meat industry would lead to its “ruin”. File photograph: Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

A Hindu mob killed a Muslim man in India over rumours that he butchered a cow. Police on Wednesday blamed the incident and subsequent sectarian viole(...)

An Indian prisoner, convicted of involvement in the 2006 Mumbai train blasts, walks to a police van on his way to a special court in Mumbai. Photograph: Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images

Five suspected Islamic militants have been sentenced to death by an Indian court for bomb attacks on seven Mumbai commuter trains nine years ago. Seve(...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: repeatedly criticised officials for being slack and lazy in pushing through Beijing’s policy directives. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

China has punished 249 officials for laziness, exemplified by failure to spend government funds, delays to projects and sitting on land earmarked for (...)