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India’s Narendra Modi launches bank accounts for all

August 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

A state-run bank in India Millions of Indians have no access to financial services

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a plan to provide a bank account for every household, in a landmark initiative to help the poor.

Afghan historic minaret of Jam ‘in danger of collapse’

August 28, 2014 at 4:46 pm

By Mohammad Qazizada and Daud Qarizadah BBC Afghan

There has been no extensive restoration work of the Jam minaret since it was built 800 years ago There has been no extensive restoration work of the Jam minaret since it was built 800 years ago

One of Afghanistan’s architectural marvels, the minaret of Jam, is in danger of collapse, officials warn.

The Hindus facing eviction by Pakistan’s army

August 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

By Amber Shamsi BBC News, Rawalpindi

A poor Hindu community is facing eviction from an area in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi where its members have lived for more than 80 years.

The Frontier Works Organisation (FWO), an engineering branch of the army, plans to build a barracks and educational complex by demolishing the main Hindu temple that serves the minority community and 53 slum dwellings.

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif is named as a murder suspect

August 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (May 2014) Mr Sharif is only 15 months into his administration, but is already facing concerted public protests against him

Malaysia Airlines warns of further losses

August 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Malaysia airlines planes

Malaysia Airlines has warned of further losses in the second half of the year because of the two tragedies to hit the airline in recent months.

In a statement it said it had seen “a sharp decline” in weekly bookings.

The last Armenians of Myanmar

August 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

By Andrew Whitehead BBC World Service, Yangon

The Armenian church in Yangon

One of the oldest churches in Myanmar, also known as Burma, is struggling to keep going – its congregation only occasionally reaches double figures. But the opening up of the country to outside investment and tourism is offering new hope.

At presser, Obama’s suit does the talking

August 28, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Anthony Zurcher By Anthony Zurcher Editor, Echo Chambers

President Obama at a press conference in the White House on 28 August, 2014.

On Thursday afternoon Barack Obama delivered some stern words toward the Islamic State and Russia. This meant, of course, that Twitter was abuzz with talk about the beige suit the president was sporting.

Ukraine conflict: Russian families look for soldier sons

August 28, 2014 at 4:12 pm

By Oleg Boldyrev BBC Russian

Mothers and wives of Russian paratroopers stand near a checkpoint in Kostroma, north of Moscow Wives of Russian paratroopers stand near a checkpoint in Kostroma, north of Moscow

Accusations of Russian involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine are nothing new, but now they are accompanied by a growing concern from relatives of Russian servicemen unable to locate them or, in the worst cases, having to receive their bodies.

Ukraine crisis: Nato images ‘show Russia troops’

August 28, 2014 at 4:08 pm


Handout of a satellite image provided to Reuters by Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), showing what is reported by SHAPE a presence of Russian Self-Propelled Artillery in Ukraine This satellite image provided by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe shows what Nato identifies as Russian self-propelled artillery in Ukraine

Average Pakistani doesn’t like India: Survey-BS Reporter | New Delhi

August 28, 2014 at 1:03 am


A Pew Research Center (based in Washington) survey reveals rising concern among Pakistanis about a threat to their country from India.
A survey of 1,203 Pakistani adults between April 15 and May 7, showed 51 per cent believed India was the biggest threat to their country, up from 38 per cent in 2013.
A threat perception from the Taliban and Al Qaida in Pakistan seem to have come down. One in four named the Taliban, as against one in three in 2013. Only two per cent (four per cent in 2013) regarded Al Qaida as a threat to the nation’s security.

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