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Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty is Senior Correspondent for Fairfax Media. He was formerly South Asia Correspondent and Southeast Asia Correspondent for Fairfax, reporting from across the Asian region. He won a Walkley Award in 2013 for a series of stories on Australian links to dangerous Bangladeshi factories, and was the 2008 Young Australian Print Journalist of the Year.

Kirby calls on UN to act on North Korea

Ben Doherty Michael Kirby has called on the United Nations to show the same resolve and unanimity on North Korean human rights abuses as it did on passing a resolution on downed flight MH17.

The grind and grief behind the glitter


Ben Doherty, Sarah Whyte Mica, a key ingredient for the billion-dollar beauty industry, is mined by children in an impoverished region of India.

Danish tourist gang-raped in New Delhi

Investigators at the spot of the assault in New Delhi.

Ben Doherty A Danish tourist has been gang-raped at knife-point near a crowded railway station and popular tourist area in New Delhi.

Disappearing act on the cards for Pakistan's ex-dictator

Pervez Musharraf.

Ben Doherty His return was an example of grievous political misjudgement, his exit may be one of political expediency – on everybody’s side.

Education passport to unlimited future

Uttam Kumar with his father Triol Chand Mittal, outside his father's shop in his home village in Bassai, Haryana. Uttam has beaten 37,000 other candidates to win a scholarship to study in Australia. PICTURE: Ben Doherty

Ben Doherty Uttam Kumar grew up in a household where English was not spoken. He taught himself the language reading novels, watching movies and listening to the BBC news.

Bangladesh elections: Australia joins international call for fresh poll

A Bangladeshi woman shows her thumb ink mark, which signifies that she has received a ballot paper to vote.

Ben Doherty Australia has joined with the United Nations, Europe and United States in calling for fresh elections in Bangladesh after the farcical and violent walkover poll last weekend.

Workers' lives a cheap commodity in the rag trade's pursuit of profit

Shafali Rahman at home in Dholapara

Ben Doherty Grieving families in a tiny village in north-west Bangladesh know the true cost of cheap fashion garments for the West. Ben Doherty investigates.

Bangaladeshi textile factory operator to face charges over fatal fire


Ben Doherty In Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sarah Whyte The Bangladeshi textile factory making material for Kmart, Target, Big W, and Just Jeans clothes, in which a massive fire in October killed seven workers, was reportedly warned by government...

India’s 'powerless leader' bows out of PM race

Ben Doherty At 81 years old, and leading a scandal-plagued government, it was news to few that Manmohan Singh will not run again for the Prime Ministership of India.

Indian PM Manmohan Singh announces he will not run again as opposition rallies

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces that he will step down after elections this year at a press conference in New Delhi.

Ben Doherty At 81 years old, and leading a scandal-plagued government, it was news to few that Manmohan Singh will not run again for the Prime Ministership of India.

Forbidden grog a sweet treat

Ben Doherty India's dry states drive me to drink. Manipur, restive with insurgency for decades, is one of only four remaining states in this country where it's illegal to sell or consume alcohol.

Harsh criticism for India's nuclear safety regime

Kudankulam nuclear power project in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Ben Doherty India’s nuclear safety regime is “fraught with grave risks”, a parliamentary committee has reported, saying the country’s nuclear regulator was weak, under-resourced and “slow in adopting...

Violent protests grip Bangladesh after execution of Abdul Quader Molla

A Bangladeshi man cries after his vehicle was set on fire by Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami activists following the execution of their party leader Abdul Quader Molla.

Ben Doherty At least 10 people are dead and children have been shot in the street as protests seized Bangladesh following the execution of an Islamist leader found guilty of war crimes.

War-crime execution sparks fresh violence in Bangladesh

Family members of Abdul Quader Mollah, leader of the country's largest Islamic party Jamaat-e-Islami.

Ben Doherty With the first execution of a prisoner convicted by Bangladesh’s controversial war crimes tribunal, the country has plunged back into violence, and elections scheduled for next month seem...

Indian fugitive hit-run driver Puneet Puneet's return to Australia delayed by court

Fighting return to Australia ... Indian national Puneet, foreground, is escorted by policemen as he is produced at a district court in Rajpura, in northern Punjab state, India.

Ben Doherty After four years on the run from police, Indian fugitive hit-run driver Puneet Puneet's forcible return to Australia was delayed another day, when he was brought to court 24 hours too early in New...

Gay sex ruled illegal by India's highest court

Indian activists greet each other during a protest against the Supreme Court ruling reinstating a ban on gay sex, in Mumbai on December 11, 2013. India's Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex on that could see homosexuals jailed for up to ten years in a major setback for rights campaigners in the world's biggest democracy.  AFP PHOTO/ PUNIT PARANJPE

Ben Doherty Homosexual sex is illegal, and punishable by life in prison, India’s highest court has ruled.

Fugitive hit-run driver held in India after police tip-off

Puneet Puneet

Ben Doherty Puneet Puneet, the Indian fugitive hit-run driver who skipped out on justice in Australia four years ago, had carefully avoided making contact with his immediate family since his return home.

Missing Aussie trekker Matthew Allpress sighting in Nepal

Matt Allpress, Australian man missing in Nepal.

Som Patidar, Ben Doherty Missing Australian man, Matthew Allpress, out of contact for nearly three weeks, has reportedly been seen walking alone, apparently in good health, on a mountain trail in Nepal.

Tony Abbott rejects Commonwealth climate change risk fund

Tony Abbott

Ben Doherty Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected a proposal from the 53-nation Commonwealth to establish a new fund to help poor and island countries to combat climate change.

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Tamil protesters mob British Prime Minister in Jaffna

British Prime Minister David Cameron

Ben Doherty British Prime Minister David Cameron was mobbed by Tamil protestors in Sri Lanka’s north, who surrounded his car asking for help and claiming their relatives had been killed by the state.