07/16/2019

Fuel leak halted blastoff for Indian rocket: reports

The launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission was dramatically postponed just under an hour before liftoff (ARUN SANKAR)Sriharikota (India) (AFP) – A fuel leak in the rocket engine forced India to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said

07/16/2019

Worsening world hunger affects 821 million, says UN

A malnourished child receiving treatment at a hospital in Yemen: a UN report said more than 821 million people worldwide suffered from hunger in 2018 (-)United Nations (United States) (AFP) – More than 821 million people suffered from hunger worldwide last year, the United Nations reported Monday —

07/15/2019

Fourteen killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

The June to September monsoon causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year (STR)New Delhi (AFP) – Fourteen people were killed when a building collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rains which have left more than 130 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday.F

07/15/2019

Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter bombings, president claims

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who is trying to reintroduce the death penalty for serious drug crimes, says the Easter Sunday suicide attacks were the work of international narcotic syndicates despite earlier blaming Islamist militants (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)Colombo (AFP) – Internation

07/15/2019

India races for launch fix after Moon mission aborted

The launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission was dramatically postponed just under an hour before liftoff (ARUN SANKAR)Sriharikota (India) (AFP) – Indian space chiefs pressed to quickly set a new date to launch a landmark moon mission after aborting one liftoff Monday just 56 minutes ahead of sc

07/15/2019

Eight killed in house collapse as monsoon toll rises across South Asia

The June to September monsoon causes widespread death and destruction across South Asia each year (STR)New Delhi (AFP) – At least eight people were killed when a house collapsed in northern India following heavy monsoon rain which has left more than 85 dead across South Asia, officials said Monday.F

07/15/2019

India scrubs Moon mission launch one hour before liftoff

The launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission was dramatically postponed just under an hour before liftoff (ARUN SANKAR)Sriharikota (India) (AFP) – India on Monday postponed the launch of a lunar probe less than an hour before blast-off because of a technical problem, delaying its bid to become o

07/15/2019

India calls off Moon mission launch 56 minutes before blast-off

India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the Moon (Gillian HANDYSIDE)Sriharikota (India) (AFP) – India on Monday dramatically scrapped the launch of a rocket that was aiming to land a probe on the Moon less than one hour before blast-off because of a “technical” problem.India wants the Chandrayaan-2 — or Mo

07/14/2019

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Rohingya children walk around a Rohingya children walk around debris from a landslide at Balukhali refugee camp at Balukhali refugee camp (STR)Balukhali (Bangladesh) (AFP) – At least 10 people have died and thousands of shanty homes have been destroyed by monsoon rains in overcrowded Rohingya refuge

07/14/2019

At least 50 dead in Nepal’s monsoon

Heavy rains since Thursday have hit several districts in Nepal (PRAKASH MATHEMA)Kathmandu (AFP) – Floods and landslides caused by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 50 people across Nepal while dozens more are missing, officials said Sunday.Northeast India has also been hit by floods with

07/14/2019

Former Bangladesh military dictator Ershad dies at 89

Ershad was also a prolific poet (STR)Dhaka (AFP) – Former Bangladesh military dictator Hussain Muhammad Ershad died Sunday aged 89, after weeks in a Dhaka hospital, officials said.General Ershad ruled Bangladesh for nearly a decade before being ousted from power in a pro-democracy upsurge in 1990 an

07/14/2019

Branded as ‘infiltrators’, Muslims in India’s Assam fear for future

Mohammed Rehat Ali was born in India but he was declared Bangladeshi and sent to a detention camp (Biju BORO)Kamrup (India) (AFP) – Born in India 71 years ago, Mohammed Rehat Ali is still traumatised a month after his release from a detention camp, struggling to shake off a fear for the future shar

07/14/2019

Four Afghan forces killed as Taliban attack hotel compound

The assault took place in Qala-i-Naw, the capital of the western province of Badghis as carnage continues across Afghanistan (WAKIL KOHSAR)Herat (Afghanistan) (AFP) – Four Afghan security forces were killed Saturday when Taliban insurgents attacked a hotel, officials said, as violence continues acro

07/14/2019

Over three dozen killed in monsoon rains in South Asia

Police used boats to bring people to safety as rivers swelled, inundating their settlements (PRAKASH MATHEMA)Kathmandu (AFP) – Floods and landslides triggered by torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 40 people across South Asia in the last two days, officials said Saturday.The monsoon, which

07/14/2019

Monsoon rains kill 17 in Nepal, 11 in India

Torrential monsoon rains have brought floods and landslides to Nepal and northeast India (Arindam DEY)New Delhi (AFP) – At least 17 people have been killed across Nepal after torrential monsoon rains induced floods and landslides, officials said Friday.In neighbouring northeastern India the death to

07/14/2019

Water express delivers emergency supplies to drought-hit Indian city

The 50 wagons were filled with 2.5 million litres of water, destined for Chennai (ARUN SANKAR)Chennai (India) (AFP) – A special 50-wagon train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in the Indian city of Chennai Friday, as the southern hub reels under one of its worst shortages in decades. The

07/14/2019

At least six dead in suicide blast at Afghan wedding

The Taliban, who have pledged to try to reduce civilian casualties, denied responsibility for the blast in Nangarhar province (WAKIL KOHSAR)Jalalabad (Afghanistan) (AFP) – At least six people were killed and 14 wounded Friday when a suicide bomber attacked a wedding ceremony in eastern Afghanistan,

07/14/2019

Indian police raid rights groups over fund misuse charge

Lawyers Collective, which is headed by lawyers Anand Grover and Indira Jaising, said the raids were part of a political vendetta (KAZUHIRO NOGI)New Delhi (AFP) – A legal rights group run by two of India’s top lawyers Friday accused authorities of trying to intimidate and silence them after police ra

07/14/2019

Death toll in Pakistan train collision rises to 23

Rescuers and onlookers gather around the twisted wreckage of train carriages after the accident (STR)Islamabad (AFP) – The death toll from a train collision in central Pakistan rose to 23 on Friday after several people succumbed to their injuries overnight, officials said.The incident took place Thu

07/14/2019

Frantic search for toddler who fell into Mumbai drain

The one-and-a-half-year-old boy was seen on CCTV falling into a drain overflowing with monsoon rain (STR)Mumbai (AFP) – Indian rescuers used ladders, ropes and halogen lamps Friday to search for a toddler feared drowned after he fell into an open drain near a slum in Mumbai.Panicked family members r

07/14/2019

Sri Lanka seeks fresh trial over student massacre

The 2006 killings drew international condemnation (LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI)Colombo (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s state prosecutor is to seek a fresh trial over the notorious murder of five students during the country’s Tamil separatist war after a magistrate dismissed a case against security forces, a spokeswo

07/14/2019

Afghan commandos killed four at medical clinic: HRW

Several witnesses told HRW that Afghan special operations forces entered the only clinic in Wardak province and ‘executed’ four civillians (SHAH MARAI)Kabul (AFP) – Afghan commandos must be prosecuted after they “executed” four civilians during a night raid on a medical clinic in central Afghanistan

07/12/2019

Afghan women note Taliban shift after Doha talks

Asila Wardak, a member of Afghanistan High Peace Council that is part of the peace and reintegration program to speak to members of the Taliban, attends the Intra Afghan Dialogue talks in the Qatari capital Doha on July 7, 2019 (KARIM JAAFAR)Washington (AFP) – An Afghan campaigner who took part in b

07/11/2019

Floods kill three, maroon 400,000 in NE India

More than 250 villages have been inundated by the floods in the last 24 hours (Biju BORO)Guwahati (India) (AFP) – Floods from monsoon rains in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam have killed three people and marooned more than 400,000, officials said Thursday.“A total of three people including t