Asia

Transferring drinking water from one pail to the next. People must pay the equivalent of up to $1 daily to buy clean water for drinking and cooking from vendors transporting water in jugs.Photo: Jefri Aries/IRIN

People in Jakarta’s slums must pay nearly $1 per day for fresh water while living on less than $2 per day, and bath and wash clothes in murky gr...

by IRIN News April 16, 2010

In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds....

Campaign to eradicate polio makes real progress in countries most affected, Nigeria and India

by Celia W. Dugger New York Times April 6, 2010

JOHANNESBURG — A decade after the world’s original deadline for eradicating polio, the most tenacious bastions of the crippling virus — Nigeria and India — have recently shown remarkable progress in halting its spread, giving even some of the antipolio campaign’s severest doubters hope tha...

Dams along Mekong River borders not thought by farmers or fishermen to ease drought

by Thomas Fuller New York Times April 1, 2010

BANGKOK — In southern China, the worst drought in at least 50 years has dried up farmers’ fields and left tens of millions of people short of water....

In Timor-Leste, government and population cope between harvests

by IRIN News April 1, 2010

The World Food Programme (WFP) says about one-third of Timor-Leste’s 1.1 million inhabitants regularly experience food shortages, notably towards the end of the two lean seasons between harvests, October-November and February-March. ...

El Niño blamed for unprecedented drought in Vietnam

by IRIN News March 30, 2010

Vietnam is bracing for further forest fires because of the continuing drought.“The increase in forest fires is one of the most severe and visible impacts of the drought,” Pham Manh Cuong, a senior forest and environmental officer with the Vietnamese Forestry Directorate, told IRIN in Hanoi on 30...

Tom Albanese, Rio Tinto’s chief executive, after meeting Monday with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao at the Great Hall of the People. Pool Photo: Feng Li/Pool photograph

Rio Tinto executives in China admit taking bribes

by David Barboza New York Times March 22, 2010

SHANGHAI — China’s high-profile prosecution of executives of the British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto took a bizarre turn on Monday, as the executives, once accused of spying, confessed instead to accepting bribes from Chinese steel makers....

Workers loaded sugar for delivery last month at Hacienda Luisita, a Philippine plantation that is owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino. Photo: Jes Aznar/New York Times

One sugar plantation–owned by the family of ex-President Aquino–illustrates the contentious path of land reform in the Philippines

by Norimitsu Onishi New York Times March 14, 2010

HACIENDA LUISITA, the Philippines — Like his father before him, Buenaventura Calaquian worked the sugar cane fields at Hacienda Luisita, a plantation owned by the family of former President Corazon C. Aquino. In the long-running, sometimes bloody battle over control of the land here, Mr. Calaquian...

Almost eight out of 10 people without access to both clean water and safe toilets live in rural areas; most are in Southern Asia. Photo: UNICEF Cambodia

The World Bank and other donors must do more to combat growing water shortages and poor sanitation in developing countries

by World Bank Independent Evaluation Group March 7, 2010

(April 7. 2009) Faced with mounting shortages of water, a worsening trend in water pollution and growing damages from climate change, the international community must find additional ways to support countries in managing their water resources, the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group said tod...

Thai court seizes $1.4 billion from ex-premier

by Seth Mydans and Thomas Fuller New York Times February 26, 2010

BANGKOK — Thailand’s Supreme Court on Friday confiscated $1.4 billion in frozen assets from the nation’s fugitive former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, after finding him guilty of illegally concealing his ownership of a family company and abusing his power to benefit the companies he owne...

Amid starvation, runaway inflation, and food shortages in the Army, North Korea fires top economic officials, South Korean press reports

by Blaine Hardin Washington Post February 5, 2010

SEOUL -- Amid accounts of starvation, food shortages in the army and runaway inflation, senior economic officials in North Korea have been fired in recent days, according to reports in the South Korean media....

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