South Asia

Millions of Afghans Facing Crisis of Hunger and Starvation

The U.N. refugee agency warns humanitarian needs in Afghanistan are rising to epic proportions as winter sets in and millions of Afghans face a crisis of hunger and starvation. Temperatures in Afghanistan are beginning to plunge below freezing and are expected to drop to minus 25 degrees Celsius. The U.N. refugee agency warns some 3.5 million Afghans forcibly displaced by …

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Pakistan Mob Kills Sri Lankan Man Over Blasphemy Accusations

A Muslim mob in eastern Pakistan lynched a Sri Lankan man Friday before burning his body for allegedly insulting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Police identified the victim as Priyantha Diyawadana, saying he was working as an export manager at a private sports equipment factory in Sialkot, an industrial city in the country’s …

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Comedians in India Confront Rising Tide of Intolerance

Police complaints filed against an Indian comedian for a monologue he gave on the different facets of India, along with the cancelation of a series of shows that were to be given by two other comics have raised concerns about a growing climate of intolerance in India. Stand-up comedy has …

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India Reports Two Cases of Omicron

India has detected two cases of the omicron variant in the southern state of Karnataka, health officials said on Thursday, and urged people to get vaccinated as the country braces to deal with the new threat. Two men, 46 and 66, who tested positive for the new coronavirus variant had come from overseas. Officials did not disclose …

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Taliban Decry UN Deferral on Who Will Represent Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban criticized the United Nations Thursday for postponing a decision on who would represent the country at the world body. “This decision is not based on legal rules and justice because they have deprived the people of Afghanistan of their legitimate right,” Suhail Shaheen, the Taliban’s permanent representative-designate …

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Taliban, Iran Say Misunderstanding Sparked Brief Border Clashes

Afghanistan’s Taliban and Iran confirmed Wednesday that clashes had broken out between the border security forces of the two countries, but neither side reported any casualties. In a late-night statement, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said “a misunderstanding at the local level” triggered the conflict near the Afghan border province of …

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UN Committee: No Change for Now in Afghanistan, Myanmar Envoys

The U.N. committee that approves the credentials of representatives at the world body decided Wednesday to postpone a decision on who will represent Myanmar and Afghanistan. “I can confirm the Credentials Committee had its meeting to consider credentials of U.N. member states, including Afghanistan and Myanmar,” Swedish U.N. Ambassador Anna …

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