Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent, based in Delhi.

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Britons know the Maldives mostly for its beautiful beaches and resorts, but corruption and human rights abuses marked the 30-year rule of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, before Mohamed Nasheed won the islands’ first democratic election in 2008

Ahmed Rilwan's disappearance is a perfect illustration of the Maldives’ ongoing troubles

There is a darker, more menacing side to the island nation that the foreign tourists rarely see

Seven men have been sentenced to death for gang rape in Afghanisation

Death sentence handed down after Afghan gang-rape

Seven men in Afghanistan will be executed for the gang-rape of a group of women, but human rights groups express concern about the speed of the trial

An aerial view of the flood hit area in Pargawal village of Akhnoor sector in Jammu the winter capital of Kashmir, India

Thousands trapped and hundreds killed by floods in India and Pakistan

In Indian Kashmir, around 2,500 villages were either partially or completely submerged

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif shake hands at Modi's inauguration

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sends mangoes to Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to sweeten relations ahead of possible New York meeting

Diplomatic spat last month over Kashmir led to suspension of talks and a souring of mood

Surender Koli said he had lured the children to the property with sweets and chocolates

'House of horrors' cannibal murderer who raped and dismembered 19 young women and children to be hanged in India

Surinder Koli, who also admitted necrophilia, said he had lured the children to the property with sweets and chocolates

Al-Qa’ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri wants to “raise the flag of jihad” across South Asia

India steps up security as al-Qaeda announces local franchise

India is said to have upped security after the leader of al-Qaeda announced he had established a branch of the militant network in the Indian sub-continent and sought to reach out to Muslims from Burma to Kashmir.

Ayman al-Zawahri, head of al-Qa'ida, delivers a statement in a video which was seen online

Al-Qa’ida announces Indian wing amid rising extremism across the globe

Ayman al Zawahri, who became leader of al-Qa'ida after Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US, urged Muslims in south Asia to 'raise the flag of jihad'

A gang-rape last December sparked protests demanding better protection for women

Indian teenager gang-raped and murdered, after being made to lick spit

Kangaroo court of village elders questioned over alleged involvement

This ‘school in the clouds’ teaches us a valuable lesson about learning

Letter from Asia: Can children learn with no supervision?

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