ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan's top religious body has declared the prohibition of child marriage incompatible with Islam and demanded that the government amend its laws, prompting outrage from human rights activists.
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka stopped a baby elephant from being given as a gift to South Korea after discovering it was born on an auspicious day, a minister said on Wednesday.
TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan plans to ease self-imposed arms export curbs, ruling bloc lawmakers said on Wednesday, in the first potential overhaul of arms export policy in half a century likely to worry giant neighbour China.
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - At least four soldiers were killed when an avalanche struck a base camp in northern Pakistan, the military said on Wednesday.
BEIJING (REUTERS) - China is reconsidering plans for a carbon tax as local air pollution trumps concerns over climate change and some rich nations back away from imposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, a top official said.