Saturday 4 July 2020
July 01, 2020
Afghan Police Raid Heroin Labs In 'Dangerous' Badakhshan Province
Afghanistan's security forces have stepped up their crackdown on heroin labs and poppy farms in Taliban-controlled regions of the country's northeastern Badakhshan Province. Its long border with Tajikistan makes the province one of the main heroin production hubs for Central Asia.
June 20, 2020
Tribal Vigilantes Burn Homes Of Alleged Killers In Afghanistan
Tribal vigilantes in southeast Afghanistan have burned down the houses of four families whose male members they accused of killing seven members of a rival family. The incident on June 16 came two days after the killings, which local police said involved a land dispute.
June 17, 2020
Pakistan Turns Plague Of Locusts Into Food For Fowl
Farmers and communities badly affected by Pakistan's biggest locust invasion in 25 years are being paid to collect the insects in an effort to support them through the crisis. The insects are being used in chicken feed by the country's largest animal-feed producer.
June 06, 2020
Largest Locust Invasion In Decades Plagues Farmers Across South And Central Asia
Farmers across Central and South Asia are struggling to save their crops from the largest invasion of locusts in more than 20 years. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that there could be a second wave of locusts if storms on the Indian Ocean cause heavy rains this summer.
May 28, 2020
Afghanistan Frees 900 More Taliban Prisoners
Some 900 Taliban members were freed from Afghanistan's largest prison outside Kabul as part of a prisoner swap under a cease-fire deal. Former detainees were given new clothes outside Pul-e Charkhi prison on May 26, as well as cash and transport home.
May 25, 2020
Coronavirus Overshadows Holiday Prayers In Pakistan
Fewer worshippers than in previous years came to Faisal Mosque in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, to pray on the Eid al-Fitr holiday on May 24. In Quetta, in Pakistan's province of Balochistan, the main holiday prayers took place outdoors.
May 23, 2020
Pakistani Passenger Jet Crashes Near Karachi
A Pakistani International Airlines aircraft with at least 99 people on board crashed on May 22 into a residential area in the southern port city of Karachi after experiencing technical problems. The pilot had reported technical problems before the crash.
May 14, 2020
'I'm Truly Devastated': Babies Left Motherless In Kabul Attack Breastfed By Volunteers
Medical staff in the Afghan capital, Kabul, have been caring for newborn babies left motherless in a deadly attack on a maternity hospital by gunmen on May 12. Volunteers have come forward to breastfeed the children. It's still unclear who was behind the atrocity.