The worst nuclearaccident since the Chernobyl explosion in 1986 is unfolding in northern Japan at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.  Three reactors have been critically damaged and one  caught fire.  Photo: New York Times

After Japan’s quake and tsunami, freezing weather threatens relief efforts. Many of those hit by the disaster lack blankets, food and fuel, rais...

by guardian. March 16, 2011

Freezing winds, hail storms and thick snow are the latest threats to 430,000 beleaguered survivors of northern Japan's week-long cascade of disasters. After a massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and nuclear crisis, many people made homeless are now facing icy weather, with temperatures forecast ...

Last defense at troubled reactors: 50 Japanese workers

by Keith Bradsher and Hiroko Tabuchi New York Times March 15, 2011

A small crew of technicians, braving radiation and fire, became the only people remaining at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station on Tuesday — and perhaps Japan’s last chance of preventing a broader nuclear catastrophe....

Japan steps closer to a full blown nuclear catastrophe

by Steven Mufson and Chico Harlan Washington Post March 15, 2011

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As other authoritarian leaders fall, North Korea pushes ahead with succession plan

by Chico Harlan Washington Post March 13, 2011

TOKYO — Last Sunday, a crowd of young North Koreans marched through a square in their capital city. They brandished red flags and called for a higher standard of living. But they also carried placards glorifying leader Kim Jong Il, and only a day earlier, they had attended an ideology seminar at w...

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s sole Christian minister, is assassinated in Islamabad –the second liberal minister killed this year who spoke o...

by Karin Brulliard and Shaiq Hussain Washington Post March 2, 2011

Shahbaz Bhatti, the sole Christian cabinet member in majority-Muslim Pakistan, was shot multiple times by gunmen who surrounded his car as he left for work from his mother's house, near his home in a residential neighborhood. The attackers fled, but fliers scattered at the scene bore the names of th...

Vietnam struggles to cope with rising prices

by IRIN News March 1, 2011

Vietnam's inflation rate is among Southeast Asia's highest and its population is struggling to keep up with sharp increases in food, fuel and electricity prices. ...

India announces changes to its subsidies; will hand out cash to its poor

by Rama Lakshmi Washington Post February 28, 2011

The Indian government provides subsidies on food grains and cooking gas for the poor through the Public Distribution System. The government in Panchkula District, Haryana is piloting a biometric system which recognizes fingerprints in place of the traditional ration cards in order to avoid duplicati...

North Korea sends SOS to world to feed its starving people

by Kim Sengupta The Independent February 11, 2011

In a dramatic and poignant sign of a state nearing collapse, North Korea has asked its embassies to appeal to foreign governments for aid to feed a population close to starvation....

Farmers plant onions in Jalgaon, India. The lack of basic farm equipment and infrastructure has held back production, even as the demand for food has risen greatly.  Photo: Kuni Takahashi/New York Times

Galloping growth, and hunger in India

by Vikas Bajaj New York Times February 11, 2011

BAMNOD, India — The 50-year-old farmer knew from experience that his onion crop was doomed when torrential rains pounded his fields throughout September, a month when the Indian monsoon normally peters out....

How India feeds 120 million kids a day

by Ben Arnoldy Christian Science Monitor February 9, 2011

BERI, INDIA — Shamvir Singh says he downs a glass of milk before walking to school, but when asked what else he eats at home, the 12-year-old droops his head in silence....

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