Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

Being a man was ‘the only way to survive’ under the Taliban

Born in Kabul in 1985, Nadia Ghulam was 8 years old when a bomb flattened her home, killed her brother, destroyed her parents’ livelihood and left her badly disfigured. Women were not allowed to work under the Taliban. But to support her family, Ghulam decided at 11 to take on her brother’s identity and spent the next 10 years disguised as a man. She spoke to FRANCE 24 about her incredible story.

Kashmir tensions rife as Saudi crown prince visits Pakistan, India

Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.

Australia says ‘state actor’ hacked major political parties

A cyber attack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, but did not name any suspects.

Dozens killed in Indian Kashmir suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomber rammed a car into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on Thursday, killing 44 of them in the deadliest attack in decades on security forces in the disputed region, raising tensions with arch foe Pakistan.

Head of ousted Nissan chairman Ghosn’s legal team quits

Ex-Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn’s chief defence lawyer, Motonari Otsuru, has resigned, his law office said Wednesday, a stunning twist to the nearly three-month case over alleged financial misconduct by the one-time saviour of Nissan.

Australia to reopen controversial island detention centre

Australia will reopen a controversial detention centre for asylum seekers, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday after an embarrassing defeat in parliament that allows migrants in offshore camps to receive medical care in the country.

The challenge of reforming Pakistan’s Islamic schools

The government of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to reform the country’s Islamic schools, also known as madrassas. This is a considerable challenge, as madrassas have flourished over the past few decades in parallel with the state education system. Pakistan now counts more than 32,000 of them. These Islamic schools are largely privately funded, often by overseas donors, but have been seen as breeding grounds for Islamic extremism. Our correspondents report.

Earth seeing ‘catastrophic collapse’ of insects

Nearly half of all insect species worldwide are in rapid decline and a third could disappear altogether, according to a study warning of dire consequences for crop pollination and natural food chains

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand.

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi spared extradition to Bahrain

Refugee footballer Hakeem al-Araibi will not be sent back to Bahrain after Thailand dropped extradition proceedings against him at the Gulf state’s request, a prosecutor said Monday, ending a two-month detention ordeal that stirred global outcry.

In pictures: 40 years of Iran’s Islamic Republic

On February 11, 1979, the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomenei and religious hardliners established an Islamic Republic in Iran after the fall of the Shah. FRANCE 24 takes a look back at the last 40 years in pictures.

Thai princess’s bid for PM foiled as party obeys royal command

A new Thai political party vowed Saturday to obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister in a dramatic reversal that appeared to boost the junta’s chances ahead of March elections.

Is Australia targeting Saudi women fleeing oppression?

An investigation by Australian journalists found that authorities in that country are blocking Saudi women suspected of wanting to seek asylum from entering the country.

Residents of Bangkok slum angry as ghetto to make way for real estate project

Like so many other cities throughout the planet, Bangkok is changing fast, with high-rise buildings and shopping malls being built at a rapid pace. Some 100,000 people live in the Klong Toei slum, nestled in the heart of Thailand’s capital. Now developers have their eyes set on what they see as a piece of prime real estate. Yet, despite offers of compensation, many residents don’t want to leave the place they call home. Our correspondent Charles Emptaz reports, with Daniel Quinlan.