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Villagers in Pakistan face threat from rising seawaterVillagers in Pakistan face threat from rising seawater

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:57:00 -0400

(image) The intrusion of the Arabian Sea into the mouth of the Indus River in Pakistanis forcing villages to relocate inland, and threatening livelihoods.(image) The intrusion of the Arabian Sea into the mouth of the Indus River in Pakistanis forcing villages to relocate inland, and threatening livelihoods.


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Pakistani program would raise female literacy by cellphonePakistani program would raise female literacy by cellphone

Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:16:07 -0400

The provincial government in Pakistan's Sindh province is planning a literacy program to reach women and girls in remote areas via cell phones.The provincial government in Pakistan's Sindh province is planning a literacy program to reach women and girls in remote areas via cell phones.



Chinese measure aims at easing pressure on studentsChinese measure aims at easing pressure on students

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:22:02 -0400

(image) Many in China think academic pressure on children is out of hand but it is not clear a measure to deemphasize cramming will work.(image) Many in China think academic pressure on children is out of hand but it is not clear a measure to deemphasize cramming will work.


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Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheatLow price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 15:16:34 -0400

(image) Pakistani farmers seem to be losing interest in growing wheat because the government has failed to increase wheat price supports enough, growers say.(image) Pakistani farmers seem to be losing interest in growing wheat because the government has failed to increase wheat price supports enough, growers say.


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EU scolds Turkey for Twitter banEU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:35:29 -0400

(image) European leaders said Friday they were frustrated by Turkey's decision to restrict access to the social media website Twitter.(image) European leaders said Friday they were frustrated by Turkey's decision to restrict access to the social media website Twitter.


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ICRC staff member killed in DarfurICRC staff member killed in Darfur

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:24:42 -0400

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday a Sudanese member of its staff was killed by a stray bullet in the restive Darfur region.The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday a Sudanese member of its staff was killed by a stray bullet in the restive Darfur region.



U.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlementsU.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlements

Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:43:15 -0400

(image) A U.N. special envoy on Palestinian issues said Friday it was time for the International Court of Justice to assess what he said was Israeli colonialism.(image) A U.N. special envoy on Palestinian issues said Friday it was time for the International Court of Justice to assess what he said was Israeli colonialism.


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Police in Pakistani province awaiting outside trainingPolice in Pakistani province awaiting outside training

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 17:36:12 -0400

(image) Officers in Punjab's police department, Pakistan's largest, are seen as undertrained and inefficient, but help may be on the way.(image) Officers in Punjab's police department, Pakistan's largest, are seen as undertrained and inefficient, but help may be on the way.


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OPCW: Syrian disarmament near half-way pointOPCW: Syrian disarmament near half-way point

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:19:04 -0400

Nearly half of the declared chemical weapons in Syria have been removed from the country, a U.N. monitoring mission said Thursday.Nearly half of the declared chemical weapons in Syria have been removed from the country, a U.N. monitoring mission said Thursday.



Johns Hopkins: North Korea working at nuclear, missile sitesJohns Hopkins: North Korea working at nuclear, missile sites

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:37:18 -0400

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said Thursday work was ongoing at North Korean nuclear and missile sites, but no imminent threat is apparent.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said Thursday work was ongoing at North Korean nuclear and missile sites, but no imminent threat is apparent.



British provincial team ends work in HelmandBritish provincial team ends work in Helmand

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:07:51 -0400

Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.



Pillay recounts gruesome atrocities in CARPillay recounts gruesome atrocities in CAR

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 11:33:29 -0400

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains dire, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday.The security situation in the Central African Republic remains dire, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday.



EU proposes more economic breaks for UkraineEU proposes more economic breaks for Ukraine

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:59:55 -0400

The European Parliament said Thursday it was considering a unilateral move to give Ukraine relief from customs duties.The European Parliament said Thursday it was considering a unilateral move to give Ukraine relief from customs duties.



Obama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear dealObama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear deal

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:28:34 -0400

(image) There's a chance for Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that would benefit its people if the rights steps are taken, President Obama said Thursday.(image) There's a chance for Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that would benefit its people if the rights steps are taken, President Obama said Thursday.


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Lebanese forces show resolve, U.N. mission saysLebanese forces show resolve, U.N. mission says

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:37:17 -0400

The Lebanese military is commended for its commitment to peace in light of its vast security obligations, a UNIFIL official said Wednesday.The Lebanese military is commended for its commitment to peace in light of its vast security obligations, a UNIFIL official said Wednesday.



Women vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. saysWomen vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. says

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:07:12 -0400

(image) Elections can only be representative if all members of society, including women, play a role, the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday.(image) Elections can only be representative if all members of society, including women, play a role, the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday.


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P5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for AprilP5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for April

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:01:56 -0400

(image) Iran's deputy foreign minister said nuclear negotiations in Vienna were useful and another round of talks was scheduled over the course of three days in April.(image) Iran's deputy foreign minister said nuclear negotiations in Vienna were useful and another round of talks was scheduled over the course of three days in April.


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Expelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers sayExpelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers say

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 11:40:38 -0400

(image) A decision from the U.S. State Department to expel Syrian diplomats from the country was long overdue, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.(image) A decision from the U.S. State Department to expel Syrian diplomats from the country was long overdue, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.


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South Sudan favors war over diplomacy, U.N. saysSouth Sudan favors war over diplomacy, U.N. says

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:56:37 -0400

Rival parties to the conflict in South Sudan are putting military gains ahead of political settlement, a top U.N. official told the Security Council.Rival parties to the conflict in South Sudan are putting military gains ahead of political settlement, a top U.N. official told the Security Council.



EU offers medium-term loans to UkraineEU offers medium-term loans to Ukraine

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:54:05 -0400

Lending a financial hand to Ukraine is a safeguard that will ensure stability on the European continent, a European monetary official said Wednesday.Lending a financial hand to Ukraine is a safeguard that will ensure stability on the European continent, a European monetary official said Wednesday.



China, EU settle solar trade disputeChina, EU settle solar trade dispute

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:54:26 -0400

(image) A trade agreement with China will give European companies the opportunity to compete in the Chinese solar power market, the EU's trade commissioner said.(image) A trade agreement with China will give European companies the opportunity to compete in the Chinese solar power market, the EU's trade commissioner said.


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Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement developIran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:48:40 -0400

(image) Iran wants to work toward a draft agreement on a comprehensive solution to a lingering nuclear row with Western powers, the foreign minister said Tuesday.(image) Iran wants to work toward a draft agreement on a comprehensive solution to a lingering nuclear row with Western powers, the foreign minister said Tuesday.


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Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquirySyria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:05:58 -0400

(image) The Syrian government said Tuesday it suspects a U.N.-backed inquiry based its reporting on highly questionable testimonies.(image) The Syrian government said Tuesday it suspects a U.N.-backed inquiry based its reporting on highly questionable testimonies.


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Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. saysAfghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:16:01 -0400

(image) Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.(image) Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.


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Lebanon on edge amid Tripoli clashesLebanon on edge amid Tripoli clashes

Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:55:28 -0400

The Lebanese Ministry of Information reported Tuesday the security situation in the northern city of Tripoli has deteriorated dramatically.The Lebanese Ministry of Information reported Tuesday the security situation in the northern city of Tripoli has deteriorated dramatically.