May 10, 2015

India rebels kill one hostage, release 250 others: police

Maoist rebels have killed one hostage and released some 250 others in India’s restive Chhattisgarh state after capturing the villagers on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state, police said Sunday. The insurgents rounded up the villagers late Friday and ...

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

May 6, 2015

Nepal devastation a 'wake-up call' for vulnerable region

Nepal’s earthquake should act as a wake-up call to neighboring countries that have failed to learn lessons from their own disasters and where shoddy construction and rapid urbanization could lead to death on an even greater scale next time round, experts say. Given its ...

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

May 5, 2015

Climate change sparks tension in India's tea gardens

Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India’s Assam. “Do you think 3,000 rupees ($48) are enough when your monthly expenses can be double that?” she mumbles, as she puts on her ...

Nepal gets first supplies of aid

Apr 30, 2015

Nepal gets first supplies of aid

The first supplies of food aid began reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, while thousands clamored to board buses out of Kathmandu, either to check on rural relatives or for fear of spending yet another night in the damaged capital. Frustration over the ...

In quake-hit Nepal, rescuers struggle to recover the dead

Apr 29, 2015

In quake-hit Nepal, rescuers struggle to recover the dead

For hours after Nepal was shaken by one of the most intense earthquakes here in nearly a century, 12-year-old Neha Chumda screamed for help. She had been inside her family’s four-story villa in Kathmandu when the tremor struck unexpectedly Saturday. And in the life-or-death ...