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There is strong evidence that the overall gender ratio is significantly different from the background ratio in the case of UK parents born in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The UK-based charity Practical Action has given British urban landmarks 'make-unders' to highlight the plight of the world's slums

Slum Britain: UK cities given ‘make-unders’ to show what life would be like if Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament were in shanty towns

Government pledges support to Practical Action campaign for sanitation in world’s poorest cities

Supporters of Nepali Congress Party cheer for their party at the Constituent Assembly Elections

Postcard from... Kathmandu

The protesters confronting the Thai government are pushing the country deeper towards social conflict

The bogeyman of the demonstrators is Thailand’s exiled de facto ruler, Thaksin Shinawatra

Postcard from... Kathmandu

interior of the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini

Unearthed: the shrine set to revolutionise world view of Buddha's origins

Archaeologists digging beneath sacred Maya Devi Temple find first physical evidence to enable them to accurately date the nativity of Prince Siddhartha Gautama

Gurkha hunger strike called off as MPs launch parliamentary probe into rights

A parliamentary probe into Gurkha rights is being launched with Prime Minister David Cameron's “blessing” following a two week hunger strike by veterans.

A Nepalese voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Kathmandu

Postcard from... Nepal

Nepalese policemen stand guard at a temporary polling booth space set by ropes and polls in Katmandu

Far from Shangri-La: Tourists fire-bombed, candidates attacked and voters intimidated in Nepal

Violence flares ahead of election, with a fragile peace process at stake as hardline Maoist splinter group seeks to control agenda

2022 World Cup: Sepp Blatter suggests Qatar could co-host tournament with Iran and UAE

There is uncertainty over when the tournament will be held due to the high temperatures in the summer

A view of the World Cup trophy

Sepp Blatter washes hands of workers’ plight at 2022 Qatar World Cup

President’s response dismissed as ‘totally inadequate’ after he says Fifa cannot ‘change things’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Fifa will not take decision on switching Qatar tournament to winter until after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Uncertainty over the 2022 tournament set to continue as task force is set up

Zahir Belounis: 'I'm fighting alone against the system. I don't have a salary. I have two daughters.'

Zahir Belounis: Trapped in Qatar, the player forced to plead for his family’s freedom

Owed two years’ wages, Zahir Belounis cannot leave World Cup hosts until he drops case

FIFA are to investigate the conditions of construction workers in projects at Lusail City

Fifa appalled by Qatar World Cup 'slavery' claims

2022 tournament comes in for criticism in investigation

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