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Early drought warning helps Pakistan's farmers prepare for dry season


RAWAT, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Like his farming neighbours, Bilal Khan plants wheat in late October or early November each year, and harvests and sells his winter crop a few months later.

World's growing inequality is "ticking time bomb" - Nobel laureate Yunus

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The widening gap between rich and poor around the world is a "ticking time bomb" threatening to explode into social and economic unrest if left unchecked, Nobel Peace laureate Muhammad Yunus said on Thursday.

Top News, Economy 01 Dec 2016

Conflict displaces record number of Afghans in 2016, U.N. says

KABUL The number of people displaced by conflict in Afghanistan this year has surpassed half a million people, the United Nations reported on Wednesday, the highest number since it began tracking such statistics in 2008.

Top News, World, 30 Nov 2016

Trump offers to help Pakistan, calls PM Sharif a "terrific guy" - Islamabad

ISLAMABAD U.S. president-elect Donald Trump offered to help solve Pakistan's problems and praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a "terrific guy" in the first call between the two men, the Pakistani leader's office said.

Top News, World, 01 Dec 2016

New evidence shows deep Islamic State role in Bangladesh massacre

DHAKA Before Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury orchestrated Bangladesh's worst militant attack, he sought and won approval for it from Islamic State.

Top News, World 01 Dec 2016

China dismisses report of military patrols in Afghanistan

BEIJING China's Defence Ministry on Wednesday dismissed reports Chinese military vehicles were patrolling inside Afghanistan, after an Indian media outlet said Chinese security forces were making regular patrols there.

World, Top News, 30 Nov 2016

In Bangladesh, disaster-savvy students protect families from floods

KURIGRAM, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bangladeshi teacher Monjurul Islam was talking to his class of 10-year-olds about how the planet is heating up, when Mosammat Ferdousi stood up and asked: “We are experiencing heavy floods in the last few years - is this linked to climate change?”

Top News, World, 30 Nov 2016

Worsening security forces more Afghan schools to shut

GARDEZ, Afghanistan Afghanistan's worsening security has forced about 1,000 schools to close this year, more than double last year's total, adding to problems that children face in getting an education, officials said.

World, Top News 30 Nov 2016

Afghan Taliban offer security for copper, gas projects

KABUL The Afghan Taliban on Tuesday offered to protect major government projects, such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project, to allow them to get off the ground after years of delay.

Business, Top News, 29 Nov 2016

Afghan general dies in helicopter crash

KABUL A senior Afghan general, who commanded an army corps in the western region of the country, died when his helicopter crashed on Tuesday, officials said.

29 Nov 2016

Movie Review: Kahaani 2 - Durga Rani Singh

The only connections between Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 film “Kahaani” and his latest project “Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh” are the indomitable heroine, her secret past and the murky colour palette in both movies that makes everything seem gloomier and darker.

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