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Robert Birsel

Flood, fire and plague: climate change blamed for disasters

14 Nov 2019

SINGAPORE Extreme floods in Venice, fires in Australia and even an outbreak of plague in China have been attributed to climate change this week, while researchers have warned that global warming could saddle future generations with life-long illness.

Fire sweeps Pakistani train, killing 73, after cooking fire

31 Oct 2019

ISLAMABAD A fire swept through a Pakistani train on Thursday, killing 73 people and injuring nearly 40 after a gas canister that passengers were using to cook breakfast exploded, the minister of railways said.

Taliban threaten Afghan election, hail progress on pact with U.S.

06 Aug 2019

KABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday denounced a presidential vote due next month as a sham and threatened to attack election rallies even as the militants and the United States reported significant progress on a deal to end America's longest war.

Afghans seeking justice pin hopes on Hague court investigation

08 Feb 2018

KABUL Thousands of Afghans are hoping for justice from the International Criminal Court (ICC) with Islamist militants, the government and U.S.-led forces all expected to be the subject of investigations, and possibly, trials.

U.S. still aims to push Taliban into Afghan peace talks - official

30 Jan 2018

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The United States aims to press the Taliban on the battlefield to convince them that they will have to negotiate peace, a senior U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, a day after President Donald Trump rejected talks following a series of attacks.

Afghan airline struggles after foreign staff killed in hotel raid

25 Jan 2018

KABUL Afghan airline Kam Air is struggling to resume operations after nine staff members were killed in a Taliban attack on a Kabul hotel at the weekend, a company director said on Wednesday.

Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

09 Jan 2018

YANGON Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who are facing accusations of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.

Bill Clinton joins calls for release of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

09 Jan 2018

YANGON Calls grew on Tuesday for the release of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar who are facing accusations of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, with former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging that they be freed immediately.

Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

07 Jan 2018

YANGON Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Sunday they have no option to fight what they called Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community, and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions affecting their future.

Myanmar president calls for reform of nation's military-drafted constitution

04 Jan 2018

YANGON Myanmar's civilian president called in an Independence Day speech on Thursday for reform of a military-drafted constitution and for justice for all recognised minorities under a federal system, but made no mention of the treatment of its Rohingya Muslim people.

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