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Villagers in Pakistan face threat from rising seawater

Villagers in Pakistan face threat from rising seawater

The intrusion of the Arabian Sea into the mouth of the Indus River in Pakistanis forcing villages to relocate inland, and threatening livelihoods.
Tehmina Qureshi

Pakistani program would raise female literacy by cellphone

The provincial government in Pakistan's Sindh province is planning a literacy program to reach women and girls in remote areas via cell phones.
Aftab Channa
Chinese measure aims at easing pressure on students

Chinese measure aims at easing pressure on students

Many in China think academic pressure on children is out of hand but it is not clear a measure to deemphasize cramming will work.
Yichen Wang
Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat

Low price supports may be souring Pakistani farmers on wheat

Pakistani farmers seem to be losing interest in growing wheat because the government has failed to increase wheat price supports enough, growers say.
Shehryar Warraich
EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

European leaders said Friday they were frustrated by Turkey's decision to restrict access to the social media website Twitter.

ICRC staff member killed in Darfur

The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday a Sudanese member of its staff was killed by a stray bullet in the restive Darfur region.
U.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlements

U.N. wants international courts to look into Israeli settlements

A U.N. special envoy on Palestinian issues said Friday it was time for the International Court of Justice to assess what he said was Israeli colonialism.
Police in Pakistani province awaiting outside training

Police in Pakistani province awaiting outside training

Officers in Punjab's police department, Pakistan's largest, are seen as undertrained and inefficient, but help may be on the way.
Shehryar Warraich

OPCW: Syrian disarmament near half-way point

Nearly half of the declared chemical weapons in Syria have been removed from the country, a U.N. monitoring mission said Thursday.

Johns Hopkins: North Korea working at nuclear, missile sites

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University said Thursday work was ongoing at North Korean nuclear and missile sites, but no imminent threat is apparent.

British provincial team ends work in Helmand

Thursday is the final working day for a British provincial reconstruction team in the Afghan province of Helmand, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

Pillay recounts gruesome atrocities in CAR

The security situation in the Central African Republic remains dire, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Thursday.

EU proposes more economic breaks for Ukraine

The European Parliament said Thursday it was considering a unilateral move to give Ukraine relief from customs duties.
Obama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear deal

Obama: Good chance for Iranian nuclear deal

There's a chance for Iran to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement that would benefit its people if the rights steps are taken, President Obama said Thursday.

Lebanese forces show resolve, U.N. mission says

The Lebanese military is commended for its commitment to peace in light of its vast security obligations, a UNIFIL official said Wednesday.
Women vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. says

Women vital for democratic success in Afghanistan, U.N. says

Elections can only be representative if all members of society, including women, play a role, the head of the U.N. mission in Afghanistan said Wednesday.
P5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for April

P5-plus-1 talks useful, Iran says, more set for April

Iran's deputy foreign minister said nuclear negotiations in Vienna were useful and another round of talks was scheduled over the course of three days in April.
Expelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers say

Expelling Syrian diplomats overdue, U.S. lawmakers say

A decision from the U.S. State Department to expel Syrian diplomats from the country was long overdue, members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said.

South Sudan favors war over diplomacy, U.N. says

Rival parties to the conflict in South Sudan are putting military gains ahead of political settlement, a top U.N. official told the Security Council.

EU offers medium-term loans to Ukraine

Lending a financial hand to Ukraine is a safeguard that will ensure stability on the European continent, a European monetary official said Wednesday.
China, EU settle solar trade dispute

China, EU settle solar trade dispute

A trade agreement with China will give European companies the opportunity to compete in the Chinese solar power market, the EU's trade commissioner said.
Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

Iran wants to see draft nuclear agreement develop

Iran wants to work toward a draft agreement on a comprehensive solution to a lingering nuclear row with Western powers, the foreign minister said Tuesday.
Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

Syria questions fairness of U.N. inquiry

The Syrian government said Tuesday it suspects a U.N.-backed inquiry based its reporting on highly questionable testimonies.
Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Afghan elections need to be fraud-free, U.N. says

Free and fair elections in Afghanistan are crucial for the country's successful future, U.N. deputy envoy Nicholas Haysom said Tuesday.

Lebanon on edge amid Tripoli clashes

The Lebanese Ministry of Information reported Tuesday the security situation in the northern city of Tripoli has deteriorated dramatically.
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