India flies tons of essentials to quake-rocked Afghanistan

DELHI– India sent family tents, blankets and other relief supplies for a team to distribute in eastern Afghan villages where a deadly earthquake collapsed thousands of timber and stone homes to rubble. State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged, and the death toll rose to 1,150 people with scores … Read more

India sends team to help with deadly Afghanistan earthquake

DELHI– India said it sent a technical team to Kabul to coordinate the delivery of humanitarian assistance after a powerful earthquake in eastern Afghanistan that state media reported killed 1,000 people. India’s External Affairs Ministry said the team has been deployed to its embassy in the Afghan capital. The embassy has been vacant since the … Read more

South Asia floods: Millions in India and Bangladesh affected after torrential rains batter region

Millions of people across India and Bangladesh have been affected by raging floods and landslides that left more than 100 people dead and entire communities devastated. The South Asian nations, home to more than 1.3 billion people, have been particularly badly hit by the rains, prompting some of the worst flooding in the region in … Read more

Antibiotic-Resistant Typhoid From Asia Is Spreading Worldwide

The S. Thyphi genomes only covered a fraction of all typhoid fever cases. (file) Treatment-resistant typhoid originating mostly from South Asia has springboarded across borders almost 200 times in the past three decades, according to new research that underscores the increasing global threat of infections that can evade antibiotics. Between 2014 and 2019, scientists sequenced … Read more

Sri Lanka PM says economy ‘has collapsed,’ unable to buy oil

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka– Sri Lanka’s prime minister says its debt-laden economy has “collapsed” after months of shortages of food, fuel and electricity, and the South Asian island nation cannot even purchase imported oil. “We are now facing a far more serious situation beyond the mere shortages of fuel, gas, electricity and food. Our economy has … Read more

Mexico finds truck hauling 377 migrants from 14 nations

MEXICO CITY — Mexican immigration authorities said Thursday they found a veritable United Nations of migrants aboard a freight truck. Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said the truck was carrying migrants from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Yemen, Uzbekistan and South Africa. There were also people aboard from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador … Read more

Nupur Sharma and the firestorm over Indian officials’ comments about Islam

CNN — India is trying to contain the diplomatic fallout as outrage grows in the Muslim world following derogatory comments made by ruling party officials about the Prophet Mohammed. The United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Oman, and Iraq are among at least 15 Muslim-majority nations to have condemned the remarks, which were described as “Islamophobic,” with … Read more

Pakistan army says 7 militants killed near Afghan border

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s military says security forces killed seven militants in two different operations near the Afghan border on Sunday. Five militants were killed in a raid on a hideout in the Jani Khel area of ​​Bannu district — the gateway to North Waziristan, they said in a statement. Two other militants were killed in … Read more

At least 19 dead in fire at Bangladesh container depot

DHAKA, Bangladesh — A massive fire at a container depot near a port city in southeastern Bangladesh killed at least 19 people and injured more than 100 others, officials and local media said Sunday, as firefighters struggled to get the blaze under control. The fire at the BM Inland Container Depot, a Dutch-Bangladesh joint venture, … Read more

Pakistan gang-rape: Anger after woman allegedly attacked on moving train

CNN — The alleged gang-rape of a woman on a moving train has sparked anger in Pakistan, putting the spotlight on the South Asian nation’s poor record with women’s rights. Three men – one of them a ticket checker – have been accused of raping the woman, a 25-year-old mother of two, as she traveled … Read more