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Hamid Karzai (centre) has agreed to step down as Ashraf Ghani
(left) and Abdullah Abdullah (right) fight to succeed him

Afghanistan presidential elections: Nervous citizens fear return to violence amid ballot deadlock

Threats to form a 'parallel government' and calls for a 'civil uprising' have followed the disputed poll

Elizabeth Hawley first arrived in Nepal in 1959 and started writing about climbers soon after

Nepal honours chronicler of Himalayan mountaineering Elizabeth Hawley by naming peak after her

For her than five decades, Elizabeth Hawley has been chronicling the highs and lows of Himalayan mountaineering.

This aerial view shows the damage caused by a landslide after heavy rains hit the city of Hiroshima, western Japan, on August 20

At least 27 dead and several missing after landslides hit Hiroshima in Japan

Hillsides made unstable by days of torrential rain collapsed on homes

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

India calls off talks with Pakistan over meeting with Kashmiri separatists

India and Pakistan had agreed to resume talks on improved relations in May

Survivors of the sunken tourist boat recuperate in the town of Bima

Remarkable escape: A sinking boat, a three mile swim – and then they land on an erupting volcano

Kathy Marks tells the story of a group of tourists who survived a stricken Indonesian ferry

Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit were convicted in 2001. They were first held in 1996 with their mother, who died

Death sentence: India prepares to carry out first ever hanging of women convicts

Sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit were convicted in 2001 of kidnapping and killing five children in Maharashtra

Kang Chun-hyok participated in a rapping audition TV show,

The North Korean rapper not afraid to take on Kim Jong-un

Kang Chun-hyok is from generation of defectors coming of age and finding voice in South Korea

The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India has now risen to more than 180

Flooding in northern India and Nepal kills at least 160

At least 160 people have been killed in devastating floods and landslides that have struck Nepal and northern India. Officials are now concerned about the possible spread of disease, particularly cholera.

Indonesia tourist boat sinking: Two Brits hospitalised and 15 missing

Ten people were rescued when the boat sank

Russia wins tank biathlon, but escalating tensions leave competition limited

Hoped for Nato competitors don't turn up as Russia comes first and second

Seoul singer G-Dragon could lead the invasion as South Korea has its sights set on Western markets

Move over, Psy! Here comes G-Dragon style

South Korea has its sights set on Western markets for its popular culture, and Gangnam Style was just the start
A supporter of Imran Khan’s party behind barbed wire yesterday

Pakistan protests: Islamabad demonsratators call for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign

Former cricketer and opposition leader Imran Khan has also held a sit-in
The confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad

The hunt for the Saraswati: India launches search for its famed lost river, but not everyone is happy

Some commentators have suggested the move is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda
Pope Francis (L, middleground) waves to the crowd from the popemobile prior to a mass, in Seoul, South Koera, 16 August 2014.

Pope Francis delivers speech in English before leading 800,000 in Seoul open-air mass

But the Pontiff's busy schedule forced him to skip out of evening prayers 

Clashes break out in Pakistan as Imran Khan leads protesters to Islamabad

Clashes have broken out in Pakistan after a protest march led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was reportedly attacked by government supporters.

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