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900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

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Bribery rates are highest in India and Vietnam, and police are the most common demanders of kickbacks, according to a Transparency International survey in the region

BANGKOK, Thailand (Mar. 7, 2017) — More than a quarter of people living in Asia had to pay a bribe while trying to access a public service in the past year, a watchdog said Tuesday, March 7, calling on governments to root out endemic graft in the region. Continue reading 900M people in Asia had to pay bribes in last year – report

5 troops, 10 militants dead in Pakistan border raid – army

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The fighting occurs in Mohmand, one of Pakistan’s so-called tribal districts that form a buffer zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Mar. 7, 2017) — Five Pakistani soldiers and 10 militants were killed in a coordinated overnight raid at several border posts on the frontier with Afghanistan, the military said Monday. Continue reading 5 troops, 10 militants dead in Pakistan border raid – army

10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan, Turkey, and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

LONDON, United Kingdom (Oct. 4, 2016) —  Ten countries accounting for 2.5% of world GDP are hosting more than half the world’s refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday, October 4, as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.  Continue reading 10 countries host half world’s refugees – Amnesty

Eid day attack injures 4 in Pakistan – officials

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Officials say two suicide bombers tried to enter the Khanpur Imambargah but were intercepted by police

KARACHI, Pakistan (Sept. 13, 2016) — A suicide bomber injured 4 policemen, one critically, outside a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan in an attack claimed by the Pakistani Taliban as the country marked the beginning of the religious festival Eid al-Adha on Tuesday, September 13.  Continue reading Eid day attack injures 4 in Pakistan – officials

World weather – 2016’s early record heat gives way to heavy rains

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Indian villagers salvage logs of wood brought by floodwaters. The Brahmaputra river has burst its banks in many places and has been at danger levels for weeks. Photograph: Anupam Nath/AP

The record-breaking heat of the first six months has turned to severe seasonal flooding across Asia in one of the strongest monsoon seasons in many years

August 1, 2016 — The record-breaking worldwide heat of the first six months of 2016 has turned to abnormally severe seasonal flooding across Asia with hundreds of people dying in China, India, Nepal and Pakistan and millions forced from their homes.  Continue reading World weather – 2016’s early record heat gives way to heavy rains

30 dead, hundreds wounded as Taliban attack rattles Kabul

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TALIBAN ATTACK. Afghan security officials inspect the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the premises of the Ministry of Defense, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 19, 2016. Photo by Hedayatullah Amid/EPA
Many of the wounded are fighting for their lives, says an interior ministry spokesman

KABUL, Afghanistan (Apr. 19,  2016) — At least 30 people were killed and hundreds wounded when a Taliban truck bomb tore through central Kabul on Tuesday, April 19, triggering a fierce firefight, a week after the insurgents launched their annual spring offensive.

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Pakistan rains leave 42 dead

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Dozens of homes are also damaged as Pakistan deals with heavy downpours

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Mar. 14, 2016) — The death toll from torrential rain that has lashed Pakistan for the past 5 days has risen to 42, authorities said Monday, March 14, with collapsed roofs blamed for the fatalities.

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At least 5 dead, 2 missing in Pakistan coal mine collapse

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More than 30 miners are trapped in the far-flung district of Orakzai after a shaft collapsed amid heavy downpours

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Mar. 14, 2016) — At least 5 laborers were killed when a coal mine collapsed in northwest Pakistan, officials said Sunday, March 13, with two more still missing.

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EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

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CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA
New official figures show that a record 1.2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 5, 2016) — EU president Donald Tusk struck an unusually upbeat note on the migrant crisis Friday, March 4 as Turkey raised the possibility of taking back non-Syrian asylum seekers.

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Pakistan arrests suspects in university attack

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Students inspect the room of their fellows who were killed when gunmen attacked Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan, 20 January 2016. Bilawal Arbab/EPA
‘The 5 facilitators have been arrested and another one, whom I will call terrorist-A is still at large,’ says the military spokesman

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Jan. 24, 2016) — Pakistani security agencies have arrested 5 men accused of helping organize Wednesday’s attack on a university in the country’s troubled northwest that killed 21 people, the military announced on Saturday, January 23.

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