Afghan police say a suicide attack has taken place outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul.
Gunfire was heard following several explosions in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood.
A gun battle is said to be under way and civilians are being evacuated from the area.
Kabul has seen a number of deadly attacks this year blamed on the Taliban or so-called Islamic State. Details of the...
Phillippine police have killed a city mayor, his wife and 10 others during a series of pre-dawn anti-drug raids in the south, officials said.
Reynaldo Parojinog, mayor of Ozamiz city, is the latest official to be killed since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a drug war.
Officers were to serve warrants for the arrest of Parojinog, his daughter, and four other officials of Ozamiz city...
Shehbaz Sharif will likely assume the role of Pakistan's prime minister after his brother Nawaz Sharif resigned from the office on Friday.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League party agreed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif will succeed his brother and petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will serve as the interim prime minister until Sharif is formally elected to office.
The brother of ousted Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif has been lined up to take over as prime minister.
The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) anointed Shahbaz Sharif but he will first have to be elected to the National Assembly.
Former petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will serve as interim PM.
Nawaz Sharif stepped down on Friday following a decision by the Supreme Court to...
Sri Lanka has signed a $1.1bn deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota.
The deal had been delayed by several months over concerns that the port could be used by the Chinese military.
The government has given assurances that China will run only commercial operations from the port, on the main shipping route between Asia and Europe.
North Korea has hailed as a success its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), describing it as a "stern warning" for the US.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the test proved that the entire US was within striking range, state media reported.
However, experts say many of North Korea's missiles cannot accurately hit targets.
The launch came three weeks after North...
North Korea has conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile test, South Korea and the Pentagon say.
The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the sea off Japan, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said.
It comes three weeks after North Korea's first ICBM test.
The latest missile flew higher, further and for longer than the one in early July. Its...
Nawaz Sharif has resigned as prime minister of Pakistan following a decision by the country's Supreme Court to disqualify him from office.
The ruling came after a probe into his family's wealth following the 2015 Panama Papers dump linking Mr Sharif's children to offshore companies.
Mr Sharif has consistently denied any wrongdoing in the case.
The five judges reached a unanimous verdict in...
North Korea threatened Tuesday that it would "strike a merciless blow" at the heart of the United States with a "nuclear hammer" -- if the U.S. government ever attempted to remove Kim Jong Un from power in Pyongyang.
A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman made the statement though the state-owned Korean Central News Agency.
"Should the U.S. dare to show even the slightest sign of attempt...
Rising floodwaters have swallowed a Buddhist pagoda in central Myanmar and sent tens of thousands fleeing their homes, as the government warned of more heavy rains ahead.
Dramatic footage circulating on social media showed the riverside, gold-leaf-covered Thiri Yadana Pyilone Chantha Pagoda sinking into the raging waters of the Ayeyarwady river in Magway region, with shocked bystanders...