China’s most powerful weapon is trade

Commercial tussles are less dramatic than scraps in the South China Sea but may be more important

Earthquake hits Afghanistan and Pakistan

More than 200 feared dead, including 12 schoolgirls

Ed Luce column: Afghanistan journey
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Obama’s painful Afghan journey

President’s tenure will be seen as a confused but well-intentioned pause in struggle with Islamism

MSF denies Taliban was at Kunduz hospital

Medical aid group disputes Afghan officials’ claims over bombing

China aided Pakistan drone, say experts

Armed aircraft owes ‘at least a heavy debt’ to Chinese systems

Pakistan said to be building 20 warheads a year

Nation could be No. 3 nuclear power in a decade, says report

India-Pakistan peace effort fails

Islamabad withdraws after Delhi objects to separatist meeting

Disdain over IMF’s rosy view of Pakistan

Islamabad accused of fudging data for fund’s benefit

Army support bolsters Pakistan’s Sharif

PM tightens grip as military backs fight against Taliban

Summer retreats count the cost of success

Hill stations of the subcontinent face the unstoppable forces of demography, writes Victor Mallet

We will be lucky not to see another Hiroshima

The potential for the use of nuclear arms has increased and is likely to rise, says Richard Haass

Afghan talks in doubt after Omar death

Belated admission exposes rifts and underlines Pakistan’s extremist haven role

Sunni militant leader killed in Pakistan

Ishaq was linked to the deaths of hundreds of Shia Muslims

Pakistan set to push on with Iran pipeline

Imports of up to $2.5bn a year would ease fuel shortage

Asia’s mixed record in market intervention

Region has history of controversial moves to shore up stocks

Heatwave in Pakistan claims 600 lives

Army called in as temperatures top 46C in Karachi

Pakistan U-turn on Save the Children ban

US and UK pressure said to prompt move amid talk of policy rifts

Pakistan expels Save the Children

Government crackdown on non-profit organisations intensifies

Pakistani market rallies after rate cut

Rates hit 42-year low but worries over power shortages remain

Mass tax avoidance chokes Pakistan

Run of good news undermined by chronically dysfunctional collection system