BBC News - In pictures: Pakistan one year on from... →
It’s been a year since Pakistan was hit by the worst floods in its history. At least 18 million people were affected, from Swat in the north to Sindh in the south. Across the country there was massive infrastructure damage and individuals struggled simply to find food. Pakistani photographer Asim Hafeez visited Sindh province and met some of the people still living in the shadow of the...
BBC News - Bhutan spreads happiness to UN →
Bhutan has put the politics of happiness on the UN’s agenda. This week the General Assembly adopted a non-binding resolution that aims to make happiness a “development indicator”.
UN calls crisis talks over African famine - ABC... →
The United Nations is calling countries, banks and aid agencies into crisis talks to deal with the escalating humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. Famine has formally been declared in two regions of Somalia, with the rest of the country and neighbouring Ethiopia and Kenya also badly affected. According to FAO, the number of Somalis in need of humanitarian assistance has sharply increased to...
World not on track to eradicate polio - report -... →
A global initiative to eradicate polio by the end of 2012 is not on track, due to a funding gap, weak political leadership in some nations and persistent problems with vaccination campaigns, a group of international health experts said on Wednesday.
Explainer: The east Africa food crisis | Mark Tran... →
East Africa’s most severe drought in 60 years has left 10 million people desperately short of food. But what can be done, and should the call for help have been made sooner?
South Sudan seceding amid tensions - The... →
The map of Africa will be redrawn Saturday, as southern Sudan becomes an independent nation through a peace process championed by successive U.S. presidents but still beset by lingering tensions from years of war.