Asia

North Korea’s capital, with its water parks and new buildings, coddles the elite

by Anna Fifeld Washington Post September 2, 2014

Cars, for instance. A recent visitor, in the capital for the first time since 2008, found many more of them on the streets — and not just the locally produced “Pyonghwa” brand or Chinese BYDs, but Lexus sport-utility vehicles and late-model BMWs and Audis....

CIA: No more vaccination campaigns in spy operations

by Lena H Sun Washington Post May 19, 2014

Three years after the CIA used an immunization survey as a cover in its hunt for Osama bin Laden, the White House has promised that the agency will never again use a vaccination campaign in its operations, an official said Monday....

Women, bought and sold in Nepal

by Katie Orlinsky New York Times August 31, 2014

NEPAL may be known for natural beauty and Mount Everest, but there is a dark side to this small, picturesque country. Women and girls are being bought, sold and smuggled across the Nepal-India border. Although reliable data on the scope of the issue is difficult to gather, Unicef reports that as man...

Disease of Pakistan’s poor now worries the affluent

by Saba Imtiaz and Declan Walsh New York Times May 10, 2014

KARACHI, Pakistan — Until recently, polio was considered a poor man’s problem in Pakistan — a crippling virus that festered in the mountainous tribal belt, traversed the country on interprovincial buses, and spread via infected children who played in the open sewers of sprawling slums....

Polio’s return after near eradication prompts global health warning

by Donald G McNeil Jr New York Times May 5, 2014

Alarmed by the spread of polio to several fragile countries, the World Health Organization declared a global health emergency on Monday for only the second time since regulations permitting it to do so were adopted in 2007....

Big budgets, little oversight in war zones

by Scott Higham, Jessica Schulberg and Steven Rich Washington Post May 4, 2014

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Hindu devotees bathed in the polluted waters of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Millions of pilgrims bathe along Varanasi’s ancient riverfront, but a stream of human waste flows directly into the river just above the bathing ghats, steps leading down to the river. Photo: Daniel Berehulak/New York Times

Poor sanitation in India may affect well-fed children with malnutrition

by Gardiner Harris New York Times July 13, 2014

SHEOHAR DISTRICT, India — He wore thick black eyeliner to ward off the evil eye, but Vivek, a tiny 1-year-old living in a village of mud huts and diminutive people, had nonetheless fallen victim to India’s great scourge of malnutrition....

Bangladesh, with its low elevation and severe tropical storms, is among the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, though it has contributed little to the emissions that are driving it. Photo: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

Borrowed time on disappearing land: Facing rising seas, Bangladesh confronts the consequences of climate change

by Gardiner Harris New York Times March 28, 2014

DAKOPE, Bangladesh — When a powerful storm destroyed her riverside home in 2009, Jahanara Khatun lost more than the modest roof over her head. In the aftermath, her husband died and she became so destitute that she sold her son and daughter into bonded servitude. And she may lose yet more....

Bangladesh is a rare Muslim-majority democracy with a growing economy. But the country is at risk as a prolonged political feud continues to generate violence. Photo: A.M. Ahad/Associated Press

Bangladesh’s political unrest threatens economic gains, democracy

by Anne Gowan Washington Post March 22, 2014

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