Denying Lives: Romania's ban on adoption

As the Romanian government reconvenes to decide whether to lift a ban on the international adoption of its orphans, Daniela Tuchel investigates the likely effects on a future generation.

Turning the tide on India's caste system

The carefully structured notions of India's caste hierarchy have remained unchallenged for thousands of years but a power shift is dawning, says Sreerekha Pillai.

Sierra Leone war crime witnesses recount horrors

A woman who was forced to watch a militia torture and execute her two brothers described her ordeal to journalists last week under a new initiative launched by the Truth and Reconciliation Committee (TRC).

Supply and demand: Karachi's 'call girls'

Britain's colonial legacy in Pakistan left a thriving but dark commercial sector in the country's capital, Karachi. Massoud Ansari investigates the city's desperate marketplace that trades in young women…

Information addicts fuel new web phenomenon

The ever-changing Internet beast's most recent fad: the blog, is offering surfers a compelling new way to spend their time and cash, as Mahesh Shantaram discovers…

Mobile phone fever grips Pakistan

Mobile phone mania is sweeping Pakistan with a rapid increase in national subscribers due to low connection costs and cheap pre-paid packages and phone sets.

Ukrainian banker conviction ''politically motivated''?

The conviction this week of a powerful Ukrainian banking figure could have far-reaching implications for the country's financial sector and upcoming presidential elections.

India's 'ice cream exodus'

Every summer, like the water in this parched land, young men 'evaporate’ from the face of Bhilwara and other neighbouring districts in Rajasthan, West India, to look for work.

Closing the balance, dictator-style

Forget the small-time looters who ran wild in Iraq after the war. Saddam Hussein put them to shame in what could have been the greatest bank heist of all time…

Pakistan prepares cyber terrorism offensive

Pakistan is to launch a fresh offensive against cyber terrorism as concerns grow over national e-security.

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