More than 300 Shiite Muslims have been killed in four major attacks in Pakistan since the start of 2013. Country-wide protests among Shiites and supporters have, however, yet to result in a full-scale crackdown on extremist militants.
World Health Organization and activists are criticizing tobacco companies' efforts at corporate social responsibility as thinly veiled marketing schemes on its 26th annual World No Tobacco Day, May 31.
Maoist insurgents killed 29 people in an ambush of a political party's convoy in eastern India. The massacre had the government vowing a stepped up counterinsurgency and analysts worried about more violence.