Suguna Devi, a married woman and the daughter of the village’s headman, lies on a rope cot in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, where a 13-year-old girl was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault against Ms Devi.  Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A rape has taken place every 25 minutes in India over the past 13 years, a new study has found.The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said 27(...)

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A new bus service for dogs provides Hong Kong pet owners with the opportunity to get out and about with their pooches in a city which bans animals fro(...)

South Koreans attend a rally for victims of the Sewol ferry disaster. The ferry Sewol sank on April 16, killing 304 people, as many as 250 of them school children on a field trip. Twelve of their teachers were also killed.  Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Six teenagers who survived South Korea’s worst maritime disaster in 44 years told this morning how classmates helped them float free as water flooded (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin adjusts a ribbon during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Heroes of Severomorsk memorial, in Severomorsk in Russia’s Murmansk region yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Mikhail Klimentyev/Ria Novosti

The European Union was putting the final touches to a controversial packet of sanctions at the weekend that could cast a long shadow over Russia’s alr(...)

Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned home by Australia cover their faces as they wait to enter a magistrate’s court in the southern port district of Galle earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

Australia will transfer 157 Tamil asylum seekers it has been holding at sea for nearly a month to a mainland detention centre, the immigration ministe(...)

File photograph of  Indian passengers travel in a over crowded local train at Ballygunge station in Calcutta, eastern India. Photograph: Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Thirteen children have been killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railway crossing in southern India. Police officer Ravi N(...)

A Transasia Airways  plane crashed today while making an emergency landing. Photograph: Reuters

A Transasia Airways plane crashed when making an emergency landing in Taiwan today, killing 40 people, China’s Xinhua news agency said.Taiwan media sa(...)

More than 150 people were under observation in the city of Yumen in Gansu province after authorities determined they had come in contact with a man who had died of the plague. Image: Google Maps

Parts of a northern Chinese city have been quarantined after state media said a man there died of bubonic plague.The Chinese news agency Xinhua said t(...)

McDonald’s reported net income of $1.39 billion, or $1.40 per share, in the quarter compared with $1.40 billion, or $1.38 per share, a year earlier

(...), while those in the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East and Africa rose 1.1 per cent combined(...)

Coke, like rival PepsiCo, has been struggling with declining sales in developed markets such as the United States as consumers become more health conscious

(...).Overall, global unit case volumes grew 3 per cent, primarily driven by higher sales in Asia Pacific and Eurasia(...)