Multiple explosions hit schools in Kabul

The blasts took place in the Dasht-i-Barchi area of Kabul, which is home to a large Shia Hazara community, a minority group previously been targeted by extremists. “Three different explosions at Abdul Rahim Shaheed High School in the 18th District have caused casualties to our Shia compatriots and we will share the details later,” Khalid … Read more

Remote island ramps up defenses as tensions rise between Japan and China

Chinese ships patrol the sea around the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands, an uninhabited island chain also claimed by China and Taiwan, near where Kinjo lives. The islands, which are known in China as the Diaoyu Islands and Diaoyutai in Taiwan, have become one of the focus points of increasing tensions in the region. “The bow of … Read more

Sri Lanka’s medical crisis is so bad one surgeon operated by the glow of cellphones

Miru has a malignant brain tumor that causes him to have frequent epileptic seizures and fall unconscious for minutes on end. The only thing that helps is an anti-convulsant drug, but with Sri Lanka’s financial crisis hitting medical imports, Miru’s father, Upul Chandana, has struggled to find the medicine anywhere. “This is not available in … Read more

Storm Megi death toll rises as hundreds of thousands displaced in Philippines

Many of the deaths came in landslides and floods caused when the storm made landfall on Sunday, battering the eastern and southern coasts of the Philippines with sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers (40 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 80 kph (49 mph). The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council … Read more

Who is Pakistan’s new Prime Minister?

Former opposition leader Sharif, 70, is set to serve as Prime Minister until the next general election, expected in 2023. He was elected by Pakistan’s parliament after former cricket star Khan was dismissed as Prime Minister in a no-confidence vote that had threatened to set off a constitutional crisis. For weeks Sharif had been leading … Read more

What it’s like to live inside Shanghai’s Covid lockdown

Mask on and cell phone in hand, I step outside before the volunteers in hazmat suits have time to knock. If you miss the call, they’ll keep knocking until someone answers. No one is exempt. This massive city of 25 million people is at the center of China’s efforts to stamp out the country’s largest … Read more

Pakistan’s parliament votes in opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif as Prime Minister

Sharif, the former chief minister of Punjab province and younger brother of three-time prime minister Nawaz Sharif, is set to serve as prime minister until the next general election, which is expected to take place in 2023. Shehbaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N, was set to go up against former foreign minister Shah … Read more

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan voted out of office

The parliamentary vote, held Sunday, saw the former cricket star defeated. The opposition needed a minimum of 172 votes out of the 342 member assembly to oust him. The vote of no confidence was backed by an alliance of politicians including more than a dozen defectors from Khan’s own political party. In its decision, the … Read more