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Ghana and Uganda ban grain and food exports

Ghana and Ugandaare among a slew of African countries banning the export of grains and other farm produce with the latter imposing high taxes to prevent food exports to neighboring countries. The Gha...

Ukraine: Emigrant men trapped by martial law

Andrei has lived outside of Ukraine for over a decade, but when his father died, he returned with his wife to the country of his birth to attend the burial in mid-February. After a short visit, they p...

How Vietnam's economy benefits from China's pandemic policy

Vietnam was one of the few countries whose economy grew during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This was due to early and rigorous action by the government and a zero-COVID strategy that kept case nu...

Pakistan's citizens feel the brunt of political tug-of-war

As Pakistan's ousted premier Imran Khan vows to overthrow what he calls a US-backed "imported government," his supporters took to the streets on Wednesday and Thursday. Khan later calle...

Japan's Ukraine refugee policy criticized for putting politics over human rights

The Japanese government has been quick to publicize its acceptance of more than 1,000 refugees from war-torn Ukraine. But critics point out that Japanese immigration authorities have been far less wi...

Nepal: What happened to China's 'Belt and Road' projects?

It has been five years since Nepal closed an agreement with China on expanding its global infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), into the Himalayan country. However, despite the...

Kashmir: Will separatist leader Malik's life sentence lead to more violence?

During the sentencing of Kashmiri pro-independence leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday, authorities in India-administered Kashmir blocked mobile internet services and cracked down on Malik's supporter...

'Putin must not win this war,' Germany's Olaf Scholz tells Davos

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz addressed the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, with his remarks focused on the consequences of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This year's conference, which wi...

Victims groups slam Boris Johnson over 'Partygate' report

Friday afternoons were apparently "wine time" for Downing Street staffers. Officials sat on each other's laps, emptying bottle after bottle, leaving bins overflowing with rubbish, witnes...

India: Is the BJP altering school curriculum to promote Hindu nationalism?

A controversy has erupted in recent days in the southern Karnataka state, ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over revisions of school textbooks, with detractors ...

Critics pressure UN rights chief over Xinjiang silence during China trip

As United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet continues her trip in China, all sides are closely monitoring how she handles the tricky and sensitive topic of China's perse...

Zelenskyy says Russian forces aimed to 'destroy everything' in Donbas — live updates

Ukraine's president calls for more weapons in nightly address Ukraine says hundreds of bodies discovered beneath Mariupol apartment building The US plans to halt an exception to sanctions that h...

China: Leaked Xinjiang files likely accurate, experts say

A cache of leaked files and photos sheds new light on the brutal methods used by the Chinese government towards the Muslim Uyghur minority in the northwestern Xinjiang region. China is accused of op...

Sri Lanka Tamils fleeing to India to escape economic crisis

Dozens of poor families from Sri Lanka have fled to southern India over the past few weeks amid an acute economic and political crisis gripping the Indian Ocean island nation. The country of 22 mi...

Why is India's book market struggling?

India's book publishers are facing new challenges after the COVID pandemic because of the high cost of raw materials and soaring inflation. Inflation, driven by high food and fuel prices, reached...