Asia

Generals in Pakistan push for shakeup of government

by Jane Perlez New York Times September 28, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country’s devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the remova...

North Korea leader Kim Jong Il, right, and his son Kim Jong Un, left, salute from the balcony as they attend a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the communist nation’s ruling Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea on Sunday. Photo: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

North Koreans boost power of ruler’s kin

by Martin Fackler and Mark McDonald New York Times September 28, 2010

TOKYO — Kim Jong-il, North Korea’s supreme leader, took new steps on Tuesday to ensure that his family remains in charge after his death, but the biggest leadership shuffling in a generation has so far produced more political intrigue than signs ...

Egypt and thirsty neighbors are at odds over Nile

by Thanassis Cambanis New York Times September 25, 2010

BATAMDA, Egypt — One place to begin to understand why this parched country has nearly ruptured relations with its upstream neighbors on the Nile is ankle-deep in mud in the cotton and maize fields of Mohammed Abdallah Sharkawi. The price he pays fo...

A woman washes clothes along a river in Bangladesh. The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers – together one of the largest freshwater flows in the world – pass through Bangladesh on their way to the ocean, but the rivers flow from the Himalayas through countries including India and China that, as the snow melt from the Himalayas declines, are planning dams to conserve water for their own use. This would drastically reduce the water available to Bangladesh, affecting its agriculture. Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

India and China’s plans to dam rivers before they flow through Bangladesh could destroy nation’s agriculture

by IRIN News September 20, 2010

Ongoing wrangling over vital waterways that pass through China and India – the two most populous countries in the world – could lead to agricultural devastation further downstream in Bangladesh, experts warn. ...

Angelo Nuestro, 16, right, packed to return to Italy with his aunt, Jocelyn Santia, who works in Milan. Photo: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Philippine workers overseas toil far from home, dream of their return to their country, and send home income representing 10 percent of the total Philippine national product

by Normitsu Onishi New York Times September 18, 2010

MABINI, the Philippines — Mediterranean-inspired, pastel-colored houses dot the coast and hills of this rural town in the Philippines, dwarfing their traditional counterparts made of unpainted concrete blocks under roofs of corrugated zinc. The lar...

Some families have gone days without a decent meal. Photo: Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN

Pakistan: What did you eat today?

by IRIN News September 1, 2010

For hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis forced by the floods to abandon their homes, food is a primary concern: some families have gone days without a meal.Frances Kennedy, a World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, told IRIN: “We are very concerne...

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