Anwar Ibrahim says he has a parliamentary majority to form a new government.
The men set the building on fire over a non-payment of extortion money, the court said. The 2012 blaze killed over 260 workers, who could not escape because the doors were locked.
At least 10 people have been killed after a four-story residential building collapsed. Rescuers are working to try and free dozens of people feared trapped.
The alliance of opposition parties plan a wave of rallies and protests starting next month. Former PM Nawaz Sharif said that the army has gone from a "state within a state" to a "state above the state."
Coronavirus victims in Nepal say they have been a target of harassment in public and on social media. Rights organizations say the government has not done enough to create public awareness about the disease.
India's hospitals are currently short of doctors, medical equipment and ICU beds, with authorities struggling to cope with an unprecedented health crisis. A surge in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed the health system.
Job losses and economic malaise in India show no sign of slowing as the impact of the coronavirus continues to batter almost every sector. Experts say recovery will be long and difficult.
Authorities are holding final year exams despite students' protests. A worsening coronavirus crisis in the country has put the students' lives at risk, with many of them having to travel to other cities to take exams.
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, falling incomes, worsening fears about jobs and prolonged social distancing that is anathema to many South Koreans, the nation appears to be slipping into a crisis of mental health.
Some of the world's most isolated tribes live on these Indian Ocean islands and have almost no immunity to disease. New pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 are a dire threat.
The transgender community in Pakistan faces cultural and legal discrimination on a regular basis, but things have become even tougher for them during the coronavirus pandemic. Mavra Bari reports from Islamabad.
As Indonesia experiences a record spike in COVID-19 cases, people are turning to traditional medicine to boost immunity. But public health officials warn that unproven remedies can create a false sense of security.
The descendants of Indian Tamil tea plantation workers remain stuck at the bottom of Sri Lankan society. Many of them continue to work under harsh conditions for a meager daily wage.
Indian food delivery service Zomato's decision to give female employees up to 10 days of "period leave" per year has triggered a discussion about menstrual health and gender equality in the South Asian nation.
Yoshihide Suga is the country's first new prime minister in nearly eight years. The former chief cabinet secretary, he is expected to stick to the policies of his predecessor, Shinzo Abe.
Two soldiers have confessed to killing dozens of Rohingya in a video released by activists. It could be a game-changer in an ongoing international genocide investigation, human rights experts say.
After Africa was declared polio-free last month, Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries in the world where the disease is found. Why is polio surging in Pakistan and what can be done to curb the disease?
Rights groups in Pakistan say they are alarmed over rising blasphemy cases in the past months. Many of these cases have been registered against Shiites, who have come under pressure from fundamentalist Sunni outfits.
The death of a Tibetan-Indian soldier near the border with China has drawn attention to the role played by Tibetans in the Indian army, particularly when it comes to covert operations in mountainous terrain.
Why Indian farmers and politicians are fired up about the Modi government's controversial new farm laws. North Korea gives its propaganda machine a modern makeover. And the airline trying to beat its pandemic blues with in-flight meals on the ground.
Thai Airways has responded to the pandemic with a unique way to bring back the inflight experience.
China threatens Taiwan with invasion. Beijing flexes its muscles, is that being dangerously complacent?
Noora Ehsaas' style of poetry and confidence have won over many fans in the male-dominated society.
A psychologist is providing counseling to children in Jombang Prison to help them overcome their anger and despair.
Yoshida Suga replaces outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who resigned for health reasons.
Waste pickers lament that business shutdowns over the pandemic make it harder yet to make ends meet.
EU and Chinese leaders meet for wide-ranging talks on trade, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic.
One family has found a way to enjoy a vacation at home that is every bit as exotic as the real thing.
COVID-19 travel bans have decimated Thailand's vital tourism industry. Near Mae Rim, a Kayan community famous for women with long necks waits for foreigners to return.
Pyongyang is preparing to celebrate 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party. US military experts believe the North will use the parade to show off its latest development in long-range missiles.
A proposed law in Cambodia aims to clean up the streets of Phnom Penh, which also means that thousands of street vendors could be forced to shut down their businesses. Ate Hoekstra reports.
Hong Kong's protest culture has been targeted by Beijing's security law. Experts say mass arrests during demonstrations this weekend show why the pro-democracy movement needs to adapt.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his Chinese counterpart are due to meet this week. Prominent pro-democracy activist Nathan Law wants Berlin to increase pressure on China over its rights record.
Two prominent lawmakers in Hong Kong have been arrested over their role in the anti-government protests last year. Both are opposition lawmakers of the Democratic Party and vocal critics of Beijing.
Peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban kicked off in Doha on Saturday. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who attended the opening ceremony, called it a "truly momentous" breakthrough to end the 19-year-long conflict.
Activists have called for the removal of a police officer after he blamed a gang rape on the victim for driving at night. Lahore's police chief Umer Sheikh said the victim also should not have driven on an empty road.
News channels, WhatsApp groups and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have played a big role in blurring the lines between fact and conjecture in this case.
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