The unprecedented presidential third term sought by Sri Lanka's leader Mahinda Rajapaska has been challenged. His health minister Mithripala Sirisena has quit, saying he will run as joint opposition candidate.
An economic downturn in Mongolia has prompted its parliament to appoint a new prime minister, Chimed Saikhanbileg. His predecessor was accused of failing to turn major mineral deposits into tangible revenue.
A Chinese court has rejected the appeal of prominent Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti against his life sentence for "separatism." This comes as journalist Gao Yu is tried on charges of leaking state secrets.
A new representative poll finds that more Afghans than at any time since 2004 feel their country is moving in the wrong direction, with insecurity, corruption, unemployment and a bad economy topping the list of concerns.
A new AI report claims Indonesia is making use of 'oppressive' blasphemy laws to jail people for their beliefs. Analyst Robin Bush talks to DW about why the country is witnessing a rise in religious intolerance.