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Leh, the capital of  Ladakh: locals expect their new status will help them  emerge from the “dominating shadow” of Kashmir. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton

India’s predominantly Buddhist enclave of Ladakh has welcomed the federal government’s decision to separate it from the disputed and insurgency-ridden(...)

Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard behind a barbed fence wire as they block a road during a curfew in Srinagar on Monday. Photograph: Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images

The new Indian government of Narendra Modi has lost little time fulfilling the election promise to its Hindu nationalist supporters to change Kashmir’(...)

Supporters of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist BJP party in Mumbai celebrate the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

To India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, eliminating the autonomy of Kashmir, a disputed, predominantly Muslim territory, was an administrative move,(...)

Barry Dunning, originally from Co Kildare, has worked in Jakarta since 2017.

When you stand out in a foreign land - like a country man from Kildare always will in a tropical country like Indonesia - “where are you from?” is a q(...)

Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China took steps to limit weakness in the yuan, providing some stability to global financial markets in the wake of Monday’s rout, and said it won’t d(...)

Down tools: a Harland and Wolff worker’s  helmet on railings near the shipyard in Belfast on August 5th. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFPGetty

There was no downing of tools. No sound of a horn signalling the end of a working day. Instead the countdown to the final hours of Harland and Wolff,(...)

Korean K-pop superstars BTS. Korea’s love affair with K-pop aesthetics makes it more acceptable for men to care about their looks. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/EPA

In 2016 one of the most anticipated theatrical shows in South Korea was an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. The eponymous prota(...)

The renminbi weakened on Monday beyond Rmb7 per US dollar for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Photograph: EPA

The renminbi weakened on Monday beyond Rmb7 per US dollar for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis, breaching a floor that China’s ce(...)

Candida auris is an emerging multidrug-resistant fungus. Image: iStock

Of the three main groups of microorganisms, which do you think would be the most enjoyable to share a night out with? Why, fungi, of course. Bad joke(...)

Demonstrators use slingshots to fire projectiles towards riot police on Gloucester Road during a protest in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong, on Sunday. Photograph: Justin Chin/Bloomberg

As tear gas fogged the central streets of Hong Kong once more this weekend – and the city braces for a general strike on Monday – Beijing issued a war(...)

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