South Asia

Watchdog Alarmed at ‘Mounting Taliban Revenge Killings’

A global human rights monitor on Friday accused the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan of detaining and executing suspected government officials as well as security forces, and in some cases their relatives. Human Rights Watch lamented in a statement that the Taliban’s retaliatory actions ran counter to their pledges that no …

Read More »

India Hits New Daily Vaccination Record

After a deadly second wave spurred changes in India’s vaccine policy, the country announced it had given 7.5 million coronavirus vaccine doses Monday – a new single day record for inoculations. The previous high mark was 4.5 million on April 5, which was reportedly followed by a decline to below …

Read More »

Turkey Pushes for Role in Afghanistan After US Pullout 

Turkey Pushes for Role in Afghanistan After US Pullout 

Turkey is seeking to play a vital role in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US forces by offering to provide security to Kabul’s international airport. But Ankara faces formidable obstacles. FILE – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias at …

Read More »

Biden to Host Afghan Leaders Amid US Troop Pullout

Biden to Host Afghan Leaders Amid US Troop Pullout

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his chief peacemaker, Abdullah Abdullah, will travel to the United States for a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday.     The first face-to-face interaction comes ahead of the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan by …

Read More »

June 20 Is World Refugee Day

Sunday is World Refugee Day. June 20 is a day designated by the United Nations to honor and celebrate the world’s refugees. UNCHR, the U.N.’s refugee agency, says World Refugee Day is “an occasion to build empathy and understanding” for the plight of refugees and to recognize their resilience in …

Read More »

UNHCR Touts Higher Refugee Resettlements, Eventually

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi says he looks forward to boosting global refugee resettlements after sharp declines caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and drastic cuts to resettlements in the United States under the former Trump administration.   “The whole pace will pick up in a few months,” Grandi …

Read More »

Close Contest Expected in Armenian Election

Armenia’s political fate hangs in the balance ahead of a parliamentary election on Sunday, with opinion polls putting the party of acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and that of former President Robert Kocharyan neck-and-neck. The Armenian government called the snap election to try to end a political crisis that erupted …

Read More »