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Virus pushing millions of South Asia children into poverty, says U.N.

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:15 PM

South Asia – which includes India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bhutan – is home to some 600 million children, with around 240 million already living in poverty

COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN. In this file photo, children sell face masks on a street after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19, in Rawalpindi on May 16, 2020. File photo by Farooq Naeem/AFP

'Super cyclone' Amphan batters Bangladesh, India

May 21, 2020 - 9:22 AM

'The situation is more worrying than the coronavirus pandemic. We don't know how to handle it,' India's West Bengal state leader Mamata Banerjee says

FLOOD. Residents walk along a house on a flooded street heading to a shelter ahead of the expected landfall of cyclone Amphan, in Dacope of Khulna district on May 20, 2020. Photo by Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Millions batten down as 'super cyclone' Amphan hits Bangladesh, India

May 20, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Authorities scramble to evacuate more than 3 million people from low-lying areas, but the task is complicated by the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus

SUPER CYCLONE. This NASA Earth Observatory image obtained May 20, 2020, shows Tropical Cyclone Amphan at 16:15 Universal Time (9:45 p.m. India Standard Time) on May 19, 2020 as it moved north-northeast over the Bay of Bengal. Handout/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

'Super cyclone' to slam India, Bangladesh

May 20, 2020 - 9:39 AM

Along with 'very heavy rainfall,' the system is expected to result in a storm surge pushing the sea level several meters higher

AMPHAN. A man looks out as waves hit a breakwater at Kasimedu fishing harbor in Chennai on May 19, 2020, as Cyclone Amphan barrels towards India's eastern coast. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Pandemic a 'perfect storm' for South Asia, World Bank says

Apr 12, 2020 - 5:45 PM

The World Bank slashes its growth forecast for South Asia, as it expects at least half the countries in the region to fall into 'deep recession' in 2020

NEW CASES. A commuter wears a face mask on a street in Karachi on February 28, 2020 as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus. Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

14 killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy monsoon rains leave more than 100 dead across South Asia

COLLAPSED HOUSE. Indian rescuers work on a site after a multi-storey building collapsed following heavy rains near Kumarhatti. Photo by AFP

Employment growing, but poor quality of work still widespread in Asia-Pacific – ILO

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:36 AM

Vulnerable employment affects about half or more than 900 million individuals in Asia-Pacific, data from the International Labour Organization shows

POOR QUALITY. The International Labour Organization reported vulnerable forms of employment are also expected to increase worldwide in 2018 and 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:10 PM

Authorities say a total of 1 009 bodies have been recovered in India Bangladesh and Nepal since August 10

Indian flood effected villagers collect drinking water and relief food at Alal village in Malda district in the Indian state of West Bengal on August 23, 2017. More than 750 people have died in floods across South Asia, officials said August 21. The human toll is steadily rising across India, Nepal and Bangladesh following the latest in a series of deluges since August 10, as the annual monsoon hits the north and east of the region. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

At least 700 killed in South Asia floods

Aug 21, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Over a million people are forced to flee their homes due to the massive flooding

Indian villagers attempt to cross flood waters with the help of rope and empty canisters next to a washed away portion of a bridge at Palsa village in Purnia district in Bihar state on August 18, 2017. At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million have been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said August 15, as rescuers scoured submerged villages for the missing. / AFP PHOTO / DIPTENDU DUTTA

Asia most exposed to disasters, Africa most vulnerable – study

Mar 24, 2016 - 7:41 AM

Among mega cities Manila – facing a triple threat from cyclones superstorms and earthquakes – tops the list of urban areas with the highest number of people exposed

ASIA MOST EXPOSED. Heavy traffic is seen along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue with a backdrop of Manila's financial district skyline in Makati City, the Philippines, April 15, 2014. File photo by Francis R. Malasig /EPA

Desperation grows as Afghan-Pakistan quake victims wait for aid

Oct 29, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Pakistan s confirmed death toll so far stands at 267 with more than 1 800 people injured and 11 000 homes damaged and authorities warn that number could spike

RUINED. Pakistani earthquake survivors gather around the destroyed houses in Usiak, a village some 50 km from Chitral on October 28, 2015. Farooq Naeem/AFP

Rescuers struggle to reach Afghan-Pakistan quake survivors

Oct 28, 2015 - 3:46 PM

Desperate victims appealed for blankets warm clothes and food after the quake leveled thousands of homes

QUAKE VICTIM. A boy who was injured in 7.7 magnitude earthquake, receives medical treatment at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, October 27, 2015. Arhsad Arbab/EPA

Rescuers hunt for survivors of massive Afghan-Pakistan quake

Oct 27, 2015 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED The toll is expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that were cut off by the powerful 7 5 magnitude quake

AFTERMATH. Pakistani residents gather at a damaged market following an earthquake in Sargodha on October 26, 2015. Shahid Bukhari/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Jokowi meets Obama, deadly South Asia quake

Oct 27, 2015 - 7:57 AM

Other stories include warships arriving to help haze victims and updates on Asia stocks

US VISIT. Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in the United States. Photo from Widodo's Facebook

Powerful quake rocks South Asia, more than 160 dead

Oct 26, 2015 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED A powerful 7 5 magnitude earthquake which rocked parts of South Asia kills more than 160 people Monday including 12 Afghan girls crushed in a stampede as they fled their collapsing school

DAMAGE. Afghans check the damage to the walls of their home after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 26 October 2015. Photo by Jawad Jalali / EPA

Buried quake survivors rescued after 5 days

May 01, 2015 - 3:00 AM

Although the number of aftershocks since the April 25 quake has subsided fresh tremors were felt in Kathmandu overnight

Two American Al-Qaeda leaders killed in US operations

Apr 24, 2015 - 1:06 AM

The White House statement does not identify which US agency carried out the operation which suggests it was carried out by an intelligence service rather than a military unit

Turkey detains 14 on border seeking to join ISIS

Feb 11, 2015 - 11:33 PM

The foreigners were handed over to the police to be deported after questioning while the Turkish citizen was released

Climate summit hosts press India on emissions

Feb 05, 2015 - 7:49 PM

Taking action against climate disruption and for poverty reduction should not be regarded as two separate and contradictory goals said France s foreign minister Laurent Fabius

Policeman guarding polio vaccination team killed in Pakistan

Feb 04, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio remains endemic

UN chief urges India to take lead role on Afghan security

Jan 12, 2015 - 10:52 PM

UN chief Ban Ki moon also urges India to embrace the idea of nuclear disarmament to avoid a nightmare scenario adding that South Asia faces danger of nuclear weapons

South Asia summit ends with little progress

Nov 27, 2014 - 9:26 PM

The prime minister of host country Nepal says the achievements of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation SAARC had fallen short

India on alert as Al-Qaeda opens South Asia front

Sep 04, 2014 - 9:39 PM

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri says the new operation would take the fight to Myanmar Bangladesh and India which has a large but traditionally moderate Muslim population

Inequality in education worst in S. Asia, Arab states, Africa

Jul 25, 2014 - 4:37 PM

The latest UNDP report shows older generations continue to struggle with illiteracy; younger ones experience difficulty in transitioning from primary to secondary education

First verdict expected in Delhi gang rape case

Aug 31, 2013 - 3:10 PM

A New Delhi court is expected to hand down its verdict in the case of a teenager accused of taking part in the gang rape of a student which sparked outrage across the country

7 dead in Kabul attack on NATO supply firm

Jul 02, 2013 - 1:20 PM

UPDATE Police said the attack targeted a transport logistics company working with international forces and that some suicide vests were later detonated by security forces

ANOTHER BOMBING. Afghan security guards seen at the entrance gate of a foreign logistics company, the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 2, 2013. AFP/Shah Marai

India flood rescue continues despite bad weather, chopper crash

Jun 26, 2013 - 7:24 AM

A rescue helicopter crashed in bad weather killing 8 people including 5 air force personnel and 3 civilians the Defence Ministry said

DISASTER ZONE. A photograph made available on 25 June 2013 showing a general view of the Kedarnath Veally in Uttrakhand after the flash flood on 22 June 2013. EPA/STR

Taliban attack Afghan presidential palace, CIA office

Jun 25, 2013 - 12:02 PM

UPDATE Blasts and gunshots shook the city for an hour after the first explosions at about 6:30 am sending smoke into the air in a high security area of Kabul

1,000 killed in India floods as rain hampers rescue

Jun 24, 2013 - 6:07 PM

Indian priests were preparing to cremate hundreds of victims of the disaster even as 8 000 mainly pilgrims and tourists were still awaiting rescue

EVACUATIONS. A handout photo provided by the Indian Army on 22 June 2013 shows an Indian army operation to salvage residents across a swollen river in the Kedarnath Valley in Uttarakhand, India, on 21 June 2013. Photo courtesy of the Indian Army/EPA/Handout

Taliban claims credit for killing 9 tourists in Pakistan

Jun 23, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif swiftly condemned the attack in an area of the far flung north not previously associated with violence or Islamist militancy

Rescuers battle on as Indian monsoon toll nears 600

Jun 22, 2013 - 1:01 AM

More than 200 people have been killed in the disaster after raging rivers swept away houses buildings and even entire villages and destroyed bridges and narrow roads leading to pilgrimage towns

RAVAGED. Fast moving water flows over a Hindu statue during a heavy monsoon rain in Rishikesh town in the Indian state of Uttrakhand on June 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ STR

Afghan government suspends US security talks - official

Jun 19, 2013 - 3:30 PM

Afghanistan on Wednesday June 18 suspended talks with the US on a deal that would allow US troops to remain in the country after 2014

Rowhani firm on Iran nuclear policy but vows more openness

Jun 18, 2013 - 2:31 PM

Rowhani: Iran will be more transparent to show that its activities fall within the framework of international rules

MEET THE PRESS. Iranian President-elect Hassan Rowhani greets reporters during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, 17 June 2013. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Early monsoon hits India, 26 people dead

Jun 17, 2013 - 7:05 PM

UPDATE The annual monsoon covered the country nearly two weeks ahead of schedule officials said

FLOODY ROADS. Indian commuters wade through a water logged road during a prolonged spell of pre-monsoon rain in Amritsar, India, 15 June 2013. Photo by Raminder Pal Singh/EPA

Moderate cleric Rowhani declared new Iran president

Jun 16, 2013 - 12:56 AM

UPDATE Moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani has won Iran s presidential election ending 8 years of conservative grip on the nation s executive

Economy, nuclear top agenda as Iran elects president

Jun 09, 2013 - 12:20 PM

Iran is staggering under the weight of repeated rounds of international sanctions over its disputed nuclear program

TV DEBATE. Iranian presidential candidates pose for a group photo after their live debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31, 2013. Photo by Mehdi Dehghan/AFP

New Pakistan PM calls for end to US drone strikes

Jun 05, 2013 - 7:03 PM

Sharif: We respect the sovereignty of others and they should also respect our sovereignty and independence This campaign should come to an end

Iran presidential debate fails to inspire

Jun 02, 2013 - 8:22 AM

Press commentators accepted the complaints of several candidates that the debate s format had not helped them present their policies

TV DEBATE. Iranian presidential candidates pose for a group photo after their live debate on state TV in Tehran on May 31, 2013. Photo by Mehdi Dehghan/AFP

Nepal marks 60 years since Everest summit victory

May 30, 2013 - 11:52 AM

Nepal on Wednesday May 29 marked 60 years since the first ascent of Everest celebrating the pioneering climbers whose bravery spawned an industry

Mount Everest as seen from the aircraft of Drukair in Bhutan. The aircraft is south of the mountains, facing north. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Shrimpo1976

US drone kills Pakistani Taliban deputy - officials

May 30, 2013 - 11:44 AM

A US drone strike killed the deputy chief of the Pakistani Taliban Wednesday May 29 in the country s lawless tribal northwest officials said

Pakistani show smashes taboos with its answer to 'Glee'

May 28, 2013 - 3:20 PM

Gay romance Islamic extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan s taboo breaking answer to Glee

PAKISTANI 'GLEE' In this photograph taken on May 20, 2013, Pakistani drama artists rehearse a scene before shooting a scene in the play "Taan" in Lahore. Homosexual romance, Islamic extremism and classic love songs -- three ingredients the makers of Pakistan's answer to "Glee" are counting on to make their show a hit. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

New records, reflection mark Everest 60th anniversary

May 26, 2013 - 1:10 PM

Sixty years ago this week two men became the first to stand on the roof of the world in a remarkable feat of endurance and strength of the human spirit

Edmund Hillary (L) and Tenzing Norgay (R), May 1953. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/Jamling Tenzing Norgay

Iran bars Rafsanjani from presidential bid

May 22, 2013 - 3:19 PM

Ex president Rafsanjani and a controversial aide of incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been ruled unsuitable the interior ministry said

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (L), May 2013; Esfandyar Rahim Mashaie (R), October 2009. FILE / AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI

Iran to list approved presidential candidates

May 21, 2013 - 9:41 AM

The Guardians Council must ensure that all candidates meet certain conditions before being allowed to stand

Visiting Chinese PM vows to build trust with India

May 20, 2013 - 1:12 PM

Li who arrived in India on Sunday afternoon May 19 chose Delhi for his first foreign visit since taking office

LI IN INDIA. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during an official welcoming ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan - The Presidential Palace in New Delhi on May 20, 2013. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

Cyclone slams into Bangladesh after mass evacuations

May 16, 2013 - 4:21 PM

UPDATE One person was killed as Cyclone Mahasen hit Bangladesh s southern Patuakhali coast packing winds of up to 90 kilometers 55 miles per hour

GIANT CYCLONE. NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Cyclone Mahasen on May 15 at 07:45 UTC (3:45 a.m. EDT) and showed the western edge of the storm skirting the coast of central India on its way to Bangladesh. Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Kabul suicide bomb on NATO convoy kills 6 civilians

May 16, 2013 - 2:24 PM

UPDATE A suicide car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday May 16 killed six civilians and wounded 37 others the Afghan health ministry said

Thousands evacuate in Bangladesh, Myanmar as Mahasen nears

May 15, 2013 - 5:02 PM

The UN has warned that more than 8 million people could be at risk from Cyclone Mahasen which is expected to make landfall on Thursday or Friday

GIANT STORM. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Storm Mahasen targets Bangladesh, Myanmar

May 14, 2013 - 7:35 AM

Bangladesh Myanmar prepare for onslaught of cyclonic storm Mahasen

GIANT STORM. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image of a well-rounded Tropical Cyclone Mahasen in the Northern Indian Ocean on May 15 at 07:55 UTC (3:55 a.m. EDT). Mahasen is northeast of Sri Lanka and moving northward. NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team