Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent Andrew Buncombe is based in Delhi. His dominion ranges over India, Pakistan, Burma, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, occasionally parts of South East Asia and - or at least he is hoping - The Maldives.

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The Taliban has released a video showing the handover of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl to US Special Forces in eastern Afghanistan, in a smooth exchange that took place in just ten careful seconds

Handshakes and dust: Taliban release video of US PoW Bowe Bergdahl's first taste of freedom

There were some handshakes, a pat-down and then they were gone. The handover of Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held prisoner by the Taliban for almost five years, was completed in a matter of seconds.

Thailand's anti-coup protesters adopt 'The Hunger Games' salute

Protesters demonstrating against the coup in Thailand are taking inspiration from Hollywood. The three-fingered salute that featured in The Hunger Games movies has been adopted by those trying to persuade the troops to return to their barracks.

Anti-coup protesters have been staging protests and demonstrations in the nation's capital

Thailand’s coup: brokered by the army and PDRC

While the tourists continue to flock to Thailand’s beaches, things can very quickly get ugly

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were protesting against the rape and hanging of two girls

Indian Police use water cannons to disperse women's rights protesters after gang-rape and murder

Police in northern India used water cannons to disperse hundreds of protesters who were demonstrating against the authorities’ seeming inability to halt sexual attacks and violence against women.

Gyan Singh Neengwal lives in a rural part of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh

Indian man builds shortcut over mountain with a little help from his two wives

Gyan Singh Neengwal wasn’t going to let the little matter of a mountain get in the way of his plan to build a short-cut to the nearest town.

Protesters from various organisations shout slogans against the Uttar Pradesh government during a protest in New Delhi, India, on 31 May, 2014

Indian woman who was strangled to death had acid poured on her face to prevent her being identified

Attack took place in Uttar Pradesh, 60 miles from where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a mango tree

India gang-rape: The relentless anguish of a village bereft after attack and murder of two teenage girls

From Katra Sadatganj, Andrew Buncombe reports on the cousins whose murder may have been the result of India’s brutal caste system

Mohammad Iqbal, 45, has admitted he strangled his first wife so that he could marry again

Lahore 'honour killing': I killed first wife, admits husband of murdered woman

The husband of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was stoned and beaten to death outside a courthouse in Lahore has said he murdered his first wife – a claim that has delivered another twist to a story that has shocked the country.

Somaly Mam resigned from her foundation amid allegations that she allegedly fabricated significant parts of her personal history of abuse

Cambodian anti-trafficking campaigner Somaly Mam exposed as fraud

A Cambodian woman who for many years was the face of the country’s campaign against sex trafficking has resigned from the foundation that carries her name after allegations were made that parts of her often-told story were untrue.

A vigil marking the year anniversary of the death of the physiotherapy student gang-raped in Delhi in December 2012

India gang-rape: Police officers accused after low-caste teenage girls are attacked, killed and hung from a tree

Families of the girls said the police were shielding the attackers and had refused to investigate the case when they reported that the teenagers had disappeared

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