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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Thailand surrogacy row: Mother wants to reunite twins after couple allegedly rejected baby who suffered from Down’s syndrome

Pattaramon Chanbua reacts after accusations that the father is a convicted sex offender

Women in India protest against rape and other attacks on women and girls in the country. The case in Pakistan echoes a similar murder in India last month, where violence against women has been much more widely debated over the last year

Indian girl cuts man's penis off after he attempts to rape her

Detectives praised what they described as the young woman's courage

Locals and relatives gather to await news of survivors. The capsized ferry was carrying at least 250 passengers

Dozens of passengers missing in central Bangladesh ferry sinking

Rescuers have managed to save up to 100 passengers after a ferry capsized in central Bangladesh but dozens more are still missing.

Subrata Roy, flanked by bodyguards, in Mumbai before his arrest

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Tycoon will have a conference room next to his cell

Bangladeshis mourn for their missing relatives after an overloaded ferry capsized in the Padma river in Munshiganj

Bangladesh ferry disaster: Vessel capsizes on river with hundreds on board

Vessel was crossing river when it ran into problems

Bangladeshi rescue workers search for dead bodies inside the sunken ferry on the river Meghna in Munshiganj district, some 50 kilometres south of Dhaka. A heavily-laden ferry capsized and sank in central Bangladesh after being caught in a storm, leaving at least 45 people dead and hundreds more missing, police and officials said

Rescue operation underway in Bangladesh after ferry capsized with 250 aboard

Reports said the vessel, the MV Pinak, was crossing the River Padma in Munshiganj district

Ukraine’s President, Petro Poroshenko has said the resignation of Mr Yatseniuk will not affect the military operation underway in the east of the country to defeat pro-Russian rebels

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As emergency workers were collecting the remains of the 296 people killed in the MH17 crash, operations against the rebels have continued

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk addresses the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: PM Arseny Yatseniuk resigns over his country's precarious energy situation

Parliament has blocked legislation to allow a liberalisation of control over Ukraine's gas pipeline system

A Donetsk People's Republic fighter stands guard during a pro-Russian meeting in the city of Donetsk earlier this month

Ukraine crisis: Now the city of Slovyansk has been recaptured, will Donetsk be next?

As Ukrainian forces regain control of one major city, people wonder if rebel stronghold Donestsk can hold out

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