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COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

COVID-19 Crisis Makes Electricity Too Costly For Millions In Africa, Asia

The economic toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has left more than 25 million people in Africa and Asia unable to afford electricity, threatening a global goal to provide power to everyone by 2030, international agencies warned on Monday. Two-thirds of those affected were in sub-Saharan Africa, deepening disparities in the region’s access to electricity, according […]

From Lahore To Lucknow, Crimes Against Women Spur More Surveillance

From Lahore To Lucknow, Crimes Against Women Spur More Surveillance

 As cases of violence against women and girls have surged in South Asia in recent years, authorities have introduced harsher penalties and expanded surveillance networks, including facial recognition systems, to prevent such crimes. Police in the north Indian city of Lucknow earlier this year said they would install cameras with emotion recognition technology to spot women being […]

Protests Break Out After Murder Of Kidnapped Woman In Kyrgyzstan

Protests Break Out After Murder Of Kidnapped Woman In Kyrgyzstan

 Hundreds of people rallied in front of Kyrgyzstan’s interior ministry on Thursday to demand the resignation of its leadership for what they called police inaction over the murder of a kidnapped woman. Aizada Kanatbekova, 27, was kidnapped on April 5 and found strangled in a car in a rural area two days later, together with […]

Record Climate Disasters In Asia-Pacific Push Millions To ‘Breaking Point’

Record Climate Disasters In Asia-Pacific Push Millions To ‘Breaking Point’

Asia-Pacific has faced a record number of climate-related disasters in 2020, affecting tens of millions of vulnerable people already hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Cross said on Wednesday. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said it had responded to 24 climate-linked crises this year in the world’s […]

China Signs Huge Asia Pacific Trade Deal With 14 Countries

China Signs Huge Asia Pacific Trade Deal With 14 Countries

China has just joined forces with more than a dozen countries across the Asia Pacific region to sign a huge free trade deal nearly a decade in the making. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership spans 15 countries and 2.2 billion people, or nearly 30% of the world’s population, according to a joint statement released by […]

Virus-hit Asian Nations Brace For Double Disasters As Extreme Weather Looms

Virus-hit Asian Nations Brace For Double Disasters As Extreme Weather Looms

Countries from India to the Philippines, already struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, are likely to also battle weather-related crises, from heatwaves to cyclones, in coming months, disaster experts warned Thursday. In India – currently under lockdown with more than 12,000 confirmed cases of the virus – the cyclone season starts in two weeks, said Kamal […]

Stiglitz Warns Against Expecting Africa to Repeat Asian Miracle

Stiglitz Warns Against Expecting Africa to Repeat Asian Miracle

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz said it may be naïve to expect the same kind of economic miracle that occurred in Asia to be repeated in Africa. “That model that was the basis of the success of East Asia won’t be available to the same extent for Africa going forward,” Stiglitz said at a conference in […]

Climate Insurance Scheme Targets Women Farmers In Africa, Asia

Climate Insurance Scheme Targets Women Farmers In Africa, Asia

 A major insurance scheme launched on Thursday aims to help up to 4 million poor people in Africa and Asia rebuild their lives after climate disasters, its backers said. The insurance programme – covering droughts in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Zambia and Cambodia, and tropical cyclones in Myanmar – will support mostly women farmers and their […]

Popular British TV Drama to Feature Female Genital Mutilation Plotline

Popular British TV Drama to Feature Female Genital Mutilation Plotline

Popular British period drama “Call the Midwife” is to feature female genital mutilation (FGM) in a storyline about a pregnant Somali woman living in east London in the 1960s. Campaigners against FGM welcomed the news, saying the mainstream show would help boost awareness of the widely condemned practice which has long been shrouded in secrecy. […]

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

More than 70 refugees have arrived safely back in Myanmar in the first voluntary return organized by the governments of Thailand and Myanmar in over 30 years. Earlier this week, a total of 71 refugees left Thailand’s Tham Hin and Nupo camps to return home to Yangon, Tanintharyi region, Kayin, Bago, Mon and Rakhine states. […]

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