South and Central Asia

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Pakistan passes ‘historic’ bill banning corporal punishment of children
Ban on violence against children will only apply in Islamabad, but campaigners hope rest of the country will follow suit

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad

26, Feb, 2021 @6:30 AM

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It's not just oceans: scientists find plastic is also polluting the air
New research links Delhi’s thick smogs to burning of plastics

Gary Fuller

26, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Myanmar military supporters attack anti-coup protesters
At least two people stabbed after pro-junta demonstrators march through central Yangon

Guardian reporter in Yangon and Rebecca Ratcliffe

25, Feb, 2021 @3:48 PM

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Pakistan court again delays appeal of couple convicted of blasphemy
Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel have been on death row since 2014 over ‘blasphemous texts’ they deny sending

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad

24, Feb, 2021 @1:53 PM

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Sri Lanka at 'tipping point’ with risk of return to past atrocities, activists warn
Civil rights groups say situation ‘getting worse on a daily basis’ as UN human rights chief expresses alarm over deepening impunity

Karen McVeigh

24, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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HSBC to slash post-Covid office space by 40% as profits drop by a third
Bank also reaffirms greater shift towards Asia-Pacific, where most of its earnings come from

Kalyeena Makortoff and Martin Farrer

23, Feb, 2021 @4:52 PM

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Revealed: 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar as it gears up for World Cup
Guardian analysis indicates shocking figure likely to be an underestimate, as preparations for 2022 tournament continue

Pete Pattisson, Niamh McIntyre, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Nikhil Eapen in Bangalore, Imran Mukhtar in Islamabad, Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan in Dhaka, Udwab Bhattarai in Kathmandu and Aanya Piyari in Colombo

23, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Myanmar protesters hold general strike as crowds push for 'five twos revolution'
Protesters compare date – 22.2.2021 – to 8 August 1988, when military cracked down on pro-democracy rallies

A reporter in Yangon and Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent

22, Feb, 2021 @2:27 PM

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Myanmar coup: witnesses describe killing of protesters as unrest continues
Condemnation of military comes from around world as Aung San Suu Kyi remains under house arrest

Reporter in Yangon and Rebecca Ratcliffe

21, Feb, 2021 @10:31 PM

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Not cricket: religious divide threatens a last bastion of secular India
Allegations against Wasim Jaffer of favouritism raise fears that anti-Muslim sentiment is infecting the game

Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi

21, Feb, 2021 @10:15 AM

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Myanmar coup: at least two protesters shot dead by riot police
Second reported victim, a 36-year-old carpenter, was shot in the chest and died en route to the hospital

Mattha Busby, Rebecca Ratcliffe and agencies

20, Feb, 2021 @5:34 PM

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Myanmar protester shot in head during police crackdown dies
Grocery store worker Mya Thwate Thwate Khaing, 20, is the first protest fatality since military took control in coup two weeks ago

Guardian reporter in Yangon, and agencies

19, Feb, 2021 @6:28 AM

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