A delegation of Koranic students visiting the Turkish capital in the coming days. Ankara has deported at least 40,000 refugees in the past seven months. For Kabul, there are unresolved issues regarding statistics, deportation procedures and assistance provided to Afghans.
Pakistan and India will celebrate their independence on 14 and 15 August respectively. While Kashmir pins the two against each, for Delhi, Beijing is the main rival. India has made great strides in recent decades, but Hindu ultranationalism is turning the original idea of the Indian nation on its head.
In Afghanistan, religious extremism and tribalism rule. The region’s countries are watching the events with apprehension, trying to limit the influence of radical Islam. War and weapons dominate political life whilst the economic crisis fuels tensions. On the Uzbek side, border controls are tight but bridges are reopening.
After a series of arrests, activists left Colombo’s Galle Face Green urban park of their own accord. Some say they need to change strategy against Ranil Wickremesinghe. Meanwhile, the new president is accused of violence and torture in connection with anti-communist crackdown of 1988 and 1989.
According to local sources, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, one of Myanmar's ethnic militias, is responsible for the double murder. In the last three months, at least five assassinations have been blamed on the group. Between 2016 and 2017, the Myanmar miliary targeted civilians in its response to attacks by the insurgent group.
Transport costs and food prices are up. The poorest are giving up meat and fish. Study shows that more than two million people have dropped below the poverty line. Protests are held at gas stations.