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Thailand beach murders: Police on the lookout for an 'Asian-looking' male

The families of two British tourists killed in Thailand have paid tribute to their loved ones as police continued to attempt to identify an Asian man now reportedly considered a prime suspect in the killings.

Thai workers carry the bodies of two British tourists on Koh Tao island in the Surat Thani province of southern Thailand

Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach

Bodies of a man and a woman are found with gruesome injuries after beach party

Ranjit Sinha enjoyed an easier relationship with the media when he spoke at CBI headquarters in Delhi following his election as Bureau head in December 2012

Ranjit Sinha: India’s police enforcer in the dock over alleged corruption

As head of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Ranjit Sinha should be leading the new government’s anti-corruption drive. Instead, he is himself accused of shady dealings

At least 17 drowned after boat carrying wedding party hits flood debris in Pakistan

At least 17 people were killed in Pakistan after a boat carrying a wedding party hit debris from a dyke that has been blown up to save a town from severe flooding.

The proposal would require the backing of the state’s chief minister Vasundhara Raje

Indian local election candidates will have to have a toilet in their home to run

Proposal designed to promote sanitation in Rajasthan

Dalai Lama says he might not be born again

14th Dalai Lama looking for ways to prevent China exerting more control over Tibetan Buddhism

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

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