A suicide car bomb has exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 30 people.
At least 42 people were injured in the blast and there are fears the number of casualties could rise.
The blast in the west of the city, in a mainly Shia district, struck a bus carrying government employees from the ministry of mines, officials said.
The Taliban said they had carried out the attack...
Taliban fighters have overrun two district centres in northern and central Afghanistan, as Afghan forces fight to contain a growing insurgency across the country.
Ghor's Taywara district fell to the Taliban early on Sunday after several days of clashes with Afghan security forces, Mohammad Mahdavi, deputy chief of the provincial council for Ghor, told DPA news agency.
Police in India have broken up a criminal network accused of using water tankers to steal millions of litres of crude oil from the country's biggest onshore field in Rajasthan.
The investigation centres on the Cairn India oilfield in Barmer district and 25 people have been arrested.
Fifty million litres of oil were stolen over a six-year period and sold to two local factories, according to...
An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says.
Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen underneath its unit three reactor.
If confirmed, it would be a major milestone in the clear-up operation.
The power plant was hit by a...
At least seven villagers have been killed after being kidnapped by suspected Taliban militants, a senior Afghan police official says.
He said about dozens of villagers were abducted in Kandahar province earlier in the week.
About 30 have been released while at least 30 remain missing, he added.
The United Nations said the number of civilians killed in the country's conflict reached a new...
Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao.
Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is part of a wider power...
Afghan troops have been killed as US planes fired on them in the southern Helmand province, the US military says.
"We would like to express our deepest condolences to the families affected by this unfortunate incident," it says, without detailing how many Afghans died.
Helmand officials say at least 10 policemen died in the Gereshk district.
Afghan forces, backed by US air strikes, have...
The US is to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there.
Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later.
The US has not confirmed the news.
Young Pioneer Tours was the agency that took US student Otto Warmbier to North Korea. He was later arrested and sentenced to 15...
The Election Commission of India on Thursday said Ram Nath Kovind, formerly the governor of the Bihar state and a member of the Dalit, has won the presidential election.
Kovind, a member of the National Democratic Alliance coalition, will succeed outgoing Indian leader Pranab Mukherjee to become India's 14th president -- defeating Meira Kumar, a former member of India's parliament who became...
A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial.
Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority fleeing Myanmar.
Another top former official was sentenced to 75 years in prison. More than 100 defendants were on trial.
Muslim Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar...