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Afghanistan floods devastate villages, death toll at 315

Nahrin, Afghanistan Reuters Flash floods caused by heavy rains have devastated villages in northern Afghanistan, killing 315 people and injuring more than 1,600, authorities said on Sunday, as villagers buried their dead and aid agencies warned of widening havoc. Thousands of homes were damaged and livestock wiped out, the Taliban-run refugee ministry said, while aid […]

Afghanistan floods kill at least 153, Taliban interior ministry says

Sheikh Jalal, Afghanistan Reuters The official death toll from devastating flash floods in northern Afghanistan has risen to 153 people across three provinces, the Taliban’s interior ministry said on Saturday, while the World Food Programme said it was double that. The WFP, which operates throughout Afghanistan, said on X that floods had killed more than […]

More than 63,000 people dead or missing while migrating over last decade, IOM says

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters At least 63,285 people have perished or disappeared on migration routes around the world between 2014 and 2023, with most deaths caused by drowning, the UN migration agency said on Tuesday. A report published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on its Missing Migrants Project showed that the majority of deaths […]

Gloomy youth pull US and western Europe down global happiness ranking

London, UK Reuters Rising unhappiness among younger people has caused the United States and some large western European countries to fall down a global wellbeing index, while Nordic nations retain their grip on the top spots. The annual World Happiness Report, launched in 2012 to support the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, is based on […]

US to lift Afghan visa limit under Biden, Congress deal

Washington DC, US Reuters US President Joe Biden’s administration has reached a compromise deal with Republicans in House of Representatives to lift the number of resettlement visas for Afghans who worked for the United States, US lawmakers said on Tuesday. The congressionally-authorised limit of 38,500 Special Immigration Visas (SIVs), which offer a path to US […]

US, UN express concern about India’s religion-based citizenship law

Washington DC, US Reuters The US Government and the United Nations have expressed concerns about a contentious religion-based citizenship law in India, with the UN calling the legislation “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”. Rights advocates have criticised the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act, which the Indian Government moved to implement on Monday. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty […]

Myanmar is now world’s largest source of opium, UN says

A dried poppy is seen in a field next to a mulberry farm in Tangyan township in Lashio District, northern Shan State, Myanmar, on 22nd April, 2018.

Bangkok, Thailand Reuters Myanmar has become the world’s largest source of opium, thanks to domestic instability and a decline in cultivation in Afghanistan, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday. The 95 per cent decline in opium cultivation in Afghanistan after a drug ban by the Taliban in 2022 has seen global supply […]