Asia

Fighting in Yemen is creating a humanitarian crisis

by Hugh Naylor Washington Post April 6, 2015

BEIRUT — The fighting in Yemen threatens to cause widespread hunger and thirst and displace huge numbers of people, creating another humanitarian disaster in a region already reeling from the crisis in Syria, according to analysts and aid workers...

In this March 3, 2015 photo, a Pakistani villager builds a toilet in Thatta district. Photo: Associated Press

UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting

by Associated Press March 30, 2015

ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to a toilet, forcing them to defecate in the open, which in turn is a major contributor to stunting in the country, a top UNICEF official said."There are 41 million people who do not have access to a toilet in Pakistan and...

A fisherman holds his catch near the shores of a seaside village outside of Karachi. Fishermen of the village say they are getting sicker and the fish are dying off. Photo: Max Becherer/Polaris Images for The Washington Post

On the shores of the Arabian Sea, pollution erodes a way of life

by Tim Craig Washington Post March 15, 2015

A fisherman holds his catch near the shores of a seaside village outside of Karachi. Fishermen of the village say they are getting sicker and the fish are dying off....

UN has failed Syria: NGOs

by Joe Dyke IRIN News March 12, 2015

A "report card" compiled by more than 20 aid organisations working in and around Syria – including Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision – gives the Security Council and the wider world a fail grade for attempts to stop the killing and to get aid to those most in need....

Syria: Four years on, an unimaginable toll

by IRIN News March 12, 2015

As Syria's war enters its fifth year, the human toll is almost unimaginable....

Alienation and violence: Impact of Syria crisis report 2014

by ReleifWeb March 10, 2015

"Syria: Alienation and Violence, Impact of the Syria Crisis Report" produced by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR) with the support of UNDP and UNRWA, reveals the extent of dramatic setbacks in human and economic development as Syria has been ravaged by war. After four years of armed-confl...

UN: World eating too much sugar; cut to 5-10 percent of diet

by Maria Cheng Associated Press/Myway March 4, 2015

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Climate change probably worsened the drought that caused severe crop failure  that preceded Syria’s uprising, a new study suggests. Here, a refugee camp is seen in Syria near the Turkish border town of Cilvegozu. Photo: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press

Is Syria conflict a case study for climate change and hunger-related conflict?

by Geoffrey Mohan Los Angeles Times March 4, 2015

Science just served up a double coupon for the argumentative: A new study suggests that climate change is driving a Middle East conflict that brought the Islamic State to prominence....

Mothers and newborns at a hospital in Gurgaon, India. A greater percentage of Indian mothers are underweight than are mothers in far poorer countries. Photo: Kuni Takahashi for The New York Times

Study says pregnant women in India are dangerously underweight

by Gardiner Harris New York Times March 3, 2015

NEW DELHI — Her first child survived eight months before succumbing to pneumonia; her second was stillborn; her third, delivered in a rickshaw, gasped for an hour before dying....

Death by chocolate: the sugar-fueled diabetes surge in South Asia

by Gerald Denis The Guardian March 2, 2015

The midweek buffet lunch at a fashionable vegetarian restaurant in Bengaluru was delicious but unexceptional until the dessert arrived one table over. It levitated on a cloud of cardamom smoke, hissing loudly: the sizzling chocolate cake, drowning in chocolate syrup, the size of a dinner plate. Actu...

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