Thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have settled in India face significant hurdles to secure jobs, homes, and documentation in a country that is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention nor does it have laws to protect their rights.
Farmers in the hills of eastern Myanmar have grown poppies for generations, much of which ends up as heroin. A Chinese company is working with locals to help them raise silkworms to export to China in hopes that opium loses its foothold in the nation.
Some journalists say they increasingly face threats with physical harm and abuse on social media when they run stories critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India ranked 138th out of 180 countries surveyed in the latest World Press Freedom Index.
After pro-Islamic State rebels forced more than 300,000 people last year from Marawi, Philippines, the government has begun funding residents' efforts to reconstruct homes and rebuild a sense of community.
As local and national elections kick off this week in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country, some Islamic leaders have emerged as the most vocal opponents of the current president. They belong to a loose grouping of Islamists behind protests that culminated in the election defeat and jailing for blasphemy in 2017 of a governor and ally of the president.
Kashmir, a contested territory between Pakistan and India, has come under direct control of India's federal government after a political alliance ended. In response, thousands of Kashmiris, who want independence or Pakistani rule, took to the streets to protest.
France players celebrate winning the World Cup with coach Didier Deschamps after beating Croatia 4-2 at the Luzhniki Stadium, in Moscow, Russia, on July 15.
A fast-growing population, rising demand for water, and poor management of resources has led to water scarcity in India where more than 1 in 10 people lack access to clean water near their home, according to a WaterAid report.
Development experts around the world are increasingly focused on girls as a linchpin of economic and social progress. In Thennamadevi, though, teen girls have taken action on their own, improving their village with a speed that would make any official envious.
Tollywood, an influential film industry, has produced six short anti-trafficking films designed to deter young men from buying sex in an effort to counter the number of trafficked girls and women lured by acting opportunities.
Six years after she was shot by the Taliban for attending school, Malala returns home to Pakistan. She continues to work for girls' education and asks that Pakistan be united on such issues as providing better health care and education.
Marvia Malik is the first trans TV anchor in a conservative Muslim country where members of her community are often ostracized and targeted in violent attacks. She aims to use her profession to change the perceptions of Pakistani society toward transgender people.
India, the top contributor to growth in energy demand, is now in partnership with France to take its growing knowledge on solar power and use it to help other tropical countries around the world implement programs of their own.
The new city of Amaravati, designed to be eco-friendly and sustainable, is seen as a new direction for Indian cities that are typically polluted and congested. However, there's been a push back from local farmers unwilling to relinquish fertile land to construction cranes.
Satellite images of Myanmar's Rakhine state show dozens of Rohingya villages have been leveled by authorities. Human rights advocates say the government is demolishing what amounts to scores of crime scenes before any credible investigation takes place.