Post-flood Christmas in Kashmir to be a somber affair

The 128-year-old Holy Family Catholic Church is still recovering from a flood that killed more than 450 people and affected millions more. 

Electricity highlights India's rich-poor divide

Yeoor village, known to many in India for its proximity to Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is one of the country's top tourist locations.

But the tribal village is also known for a more dubious distinction, as one of the many hamlets in Maharashtra state without electricity.

Environmental concerns flood Laos dam project on biodiverse Mekong River

Laos has agreed to open a discussion with neighboring countries on the Don Sahong dam, but stopped short of saying it would delay construction on the controversial project.

In agreeing to the prior consultation, Laos is allowing input from the farmers and fishermen who depend on the Mekong River for their livelihood. It would also provide time for neighboring countries and opponents of the project to conduct a more comprehensive environmental impact study.

Chinese bishop's burial ends government, church impasse

Bishop Paul Liu Jinghe was buried in the Tangshan diocese on Christmas Eve, ending a standoff between government authorities and the church.