Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban bans female NGO staff, jeopardizing aid efforts

Taliban orders NGOs to stop female staff from working Comes after suspension of female students from universities U.N. says order would seriously impact humanitarian operations U.N. plans to meet with Taliban to seek clarity KABUL, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Afghanistan’s Taliban-run administration on Saturday ordered all local and foreign NGOs to stop female employees from … Read more

Kabul hotel attack ends as three gunmen killed; two foreigners injured

Kabul hotel attack ends as three gunmen killed; two foreigners injured

KABUL, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Armed men opened fire on Monday inside a hotel in central Kabul popular with Chinese nationals in an attack that ended when at least three gunmen were killed by security forces, the Taliban-run administration said. Two foreigners were injured while trying to escape by jumping from the hotel balcony, Taliban … Read more

Six dead in Istanbul blast, Erdogan says it ‘smells like terrorism’

Six dead in Istanbul blast, Erdogan says it ‘smells like terrorism’

Explosion on busy pedestrian avenue wounds 81 Erdogan calls it a bomb, vows culprits to be punished No one has claimed responsibility for blast Turkish cities were targeted in series of attacks in 2015-2016 ISTANBUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion rocked a busy … Read more

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Iranians protest in southeast flashpoint, mark ‘Bloody Friday’

Prominent Sunni cleric criticises security forces Unrest in minority areas General tells clerics to watch their words, restore calm DUBAI, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Thousands of Iranians protested in the restive southeast on Friday to mark a Sept. 30 crackdown by security forces known as “Bloody Friday” as the country’s clerical rulers battled persistent nationwide … Read more

President Raisi says Iran thwarted U.S. destabilisation

President Raisi says Iran thwarted U.S. destabilisation

Raisi spoke after Biden said U.S. would ‘free Iran’ Those who create insecurity ‘must be dealt with’ – Raisi Sunni cleric says southeast protests treated ‘mercilessly’ DUBAI, Nov 5 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi said Iran’s cities were “safe and sound” after what he called a failed attempt by the United States to repeat the … Read more

Ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan shot in shin in ‘clear assassination’ attempt

Ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan shot in shin in ‘clear assassination’ attempt

Former cricketer Imran Khan shot in the shin ‘It was a clear assassination attempt,’ says aide Khan was leading march on Islamabad to demand snap elections Pakistan has long history of political violence LAHORE, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was shot in the shin on Thursday when his anti-government protest … Read more

At least 15 killed in attack on Shi’ite shrine in Iran – state news agency

At least 15 killed in attack on Shi’ite shrine in Iran – state news agency

Women and children among casualties – Tasnim news agency Agency close to top security body says attackers not Iranian Protesters mark 40 days since Mahsa Amini’s death in custody DUBAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed in an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz on … Read more

Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador over Biden’s nuclear remarks

Pakistan summons U.S. ambassador over Biden’s nuclear remarks

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Pakistan’s foreign minister said on Saturday he had summoned the U.S. ambassador after President Joe Biden questioned the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear programme. In a speech on Thursday, Biden said Pakistan is “maybe one of the most dangerous nations in the world” as it has “nuclear weapons without any … Read more

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, U.N. credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.N. rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Pakistani hospital overwhelmed as water-borne illnesses spread

Pakistani hospital overwhelmed as water-borne illnesses spread

Hospital in Sehwan, southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed Patients pour in from flood-affected areas Thousands are suffering from water-borne illnesses WHO warns of ‘second disaster’ after catastrophic floods SEHWAN, Pakistan, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The emergency ward at the main government hospital in Sehwan, a small town in southern Pakistan, is overwhelmed. On a recent visit, … Read more