from Asia and the pacific
A South Korean activist faces up to seven years in prison after re-tweeting messages from North Korea's official Twitter account.
Authorities urged to disclose details after US President Barack Obama confirms that the unmanned aircraft are used to target suspected militants.
Protesters in India have clashed with police during a protest over land earmarked for a Vedanta toxic waste dump.
London 2012 ethics chief tells Amnesty International why she quit her role on Olympic commission over Dow's connection to the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
The London 2012 ethics chief has quit over over a sponsorship deal with Dow, a company connected to the 1984 Bhopal disaster.
Chinese security forces in Sichuan Province have reportedly fired on Tibetan protestors for a second successive day.
The High Court of Orissa has dismissed the mining company's plea for a six-fold expansion of the plant.
The prisoner amnesty is the second this year and the fourth under Myanmar’s post-elections government.
Hundreds of Shi’a Muslims were forced back their village in East Java last night after an anti-Shi’a mob attack had driven them away.
24 women and six children have been detained while protesting last week's violent forced eviction of 300 families from Borei Keila in Phnom Penh.
A Maldivian blogger attacked and detained for organizing a peaceful demonstration has been released, while his attackers remain at large.
Malaysia's High Court acquitted Anwar Ibrahim of criminal sodomy charges, but the repressive statute that enabled his persecution is still on the books.
Up to five children who had been travelling with seven Uighur adults shot dead by police while trying to leave China, are believed to be detained.
The Mongolian parliament overwhelmingly approves a bill that aims to scrap the death penalty.
Pakistan urged to reform 'dangerous' blasphemy laws, one year after the assassination of a politician who criticized them.
China must release activist Chen Wei, who has been sentenced to nine years prison for criticizing the Communist Party.
Chen Wei is set to stand trial on 23 December on charges of “inciting subversion of state power” over essays he wrote that were critical of the Communist Party.
Kim Jong-il has left millions of North Koreans mired in poverty, and hundreds of thousands of people detained in brutal prison camps.
Villagers in Wukan have been protesting what they say is the local government’s latest attempt to secretly sell off their farmland to developers.
Pakistan's Senate unanimously passes two landmark women's rights bills, including one on acid attacks.