Simon Denyer

Pakistan may outsmart India in diplomatic poker

India may be frustrated and even outwitted by Pakistan over the Mumbai attacks.

China wins two golds to cap dazzling opening

The Czech Republic took first honours at the Olympics on Saturday, and China also won an early gold to cap a dazzling opening ceremony.

Torch ascends Great Wall, Bush rebukes China

Doves flew and confetti rained down as the Olympic torch was carried along the ancient Great Wall on a misty Thursday morning.

Complacency puts ‘India’s century’ forecasts at risk

This is supposed to be India's century, but the dangers of complacency have been starkly underlined with inflation hitting a 13-year high.

Democracy with a difference stuns humble Bhutanese

Schoolchildren in Bhutan are warned -- one word of disrespect against their teacher, and they will be reborn as a dog, for the next 500 lives. Respect for authority is inculcated from an early age in the secluded Himalayan kingdom, where the king is revered as a Buddha and democracy seemed almost an experiment too far.

India struggles to tame its heart of darkness

Young girls and their mothers huddle under shawls in the central reservation of one of Patna's main streets, picking through trash for grimy metal scraps that might earn them 20 rupees (sh,50) a day. Buses and auto-rickshaws belt out black fumes beside them on the congested, muddy street and dogs pick through huge piles of garbage by the roadside as men urinate at their side.

India, born in violence, celebrates survival

Ranbir Rai Handa was just 14 years old when he was pitched into the madness of partition, forced to flee his hometown of Lahore on a train bound from newly independent Pakistan to India. What he saw when he arrived in Amritsar on August 14 1947 still keeps him awake at night.

Bhutan tries to keep mystique as tourists flood in

In the inner sanctum of the ancient white-walled fortress, dozens of red-robed monks prayed by the light of butter lamps, as the incense swirled. A handful of Western tourists self-consciously shuffled in. With a deep throaty mumble, the older monks recited the ancient Buddhist scriptures laid out before them on the wooden floorboards, interrupted only by a blast on long trumpets.

India uses ‘truth serum’ as media bay for blood

They had already been dubbed ''diabolical maniacs'' by the Indian media and written off as too hot to handle by many lawyers, even before they were charged. So hardly anyone objected when wealthy businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surender Koli were injected with a controversial ''truth serum'' this week by police investigating the gruesome murder of at least 17 children and women.

?Massive cheating? alleged in Ugandan poll

UGANDAN President Yoweri Museveni is headed to almost certain victory in the country's presidential elections, but with his main challenger charging vast cheating during...

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