Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter duration. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei said on Thursday that Britain had denied his application for a six-month visa in favour of one with a shorter durat(...)

The French gendarmerie  have opened an investigation. Photograph: Getty Images 0:50

French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airline(...)

Mullah  Omar:  the elusive leader of the Taliban is believed to be dead. Photograph: The New York Times/FBI

Afghanistan said yesterday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ag(...)

Police and gendarmes carry a piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion. Photograph: Getty

Police on the island of Reunion are examining what appears to be a piece from an aircraft found washed ashore, amid speculation that it could be wreck(...)

Activists   protest against the death sentence of Yakub Memon, who was convicted for his involvement in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, in New Delhi, India.  Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s supreme court has rejected a last minute plea by a 52-year old accountant, sentenced to death for the serial bombings that shook Mumbai in M(...)

The head of banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Malik Ishaq (centre), as he arrives at the high court in Lahore. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday during a shootout after (...)

Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak  has denied taking any money from 1MDB or any other entity for personal gain, and is considering legal action. Photograph: Reuters

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak sacked his deputy and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, and replaced the attorney general, (...)

Life begins at 37 for world's oldest panda 1:24

Hong Kong's giant panda Jia Jia approaches her 37th birthday, breaking the Guinness Book of World Records for the oldest of her kind in captivity. Vid(...)

A man carries a newborn baby as he walks  with his family after police said they were evacuated from a hospital near the site of a gunfight in Dinanagar town in the Gurdaspur district of Punjab, India, on Monday. Photograph: Munish Sharma/Reuters

At least 10 people, including three armed militants, died in a 12-hour firefight with Indian security forces in northern Punjab province yesterday. Po(...)

A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping centre escalator, but not before pushing her two-year-old son to safety

A Chinese woman has died after being trapped in a shopping centre escalator, but not before pushing her two-year-old son to safety. The accident in th(...)