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03 Apr 2017 description

Pakistan is home to the world's second largest refugee population, with a total of 2.5 million Afghans living there

By Saad Sayeed

ISLAMABAD, April 3 (Reuters) - Pakistan resumed the repatriation of Afghan refugees on Monday, sending nearly 1,200 people back across the heavily guarded northern Torkham border, an official at the United Nation's refugee body said.

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24 Feb 2017 description

by Reuters
Thursday, 23 February 2017 14:36 GMT

Second attack in Lahore in two weeks: a suicide bombing on Feb. 13 killed 13 people and wounded more than 80 at a protest

(Updates death toll, adds government spokesman quotes)

By Mubashir Bukhari

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 23 (Reuters) - A bomb blast in an upscale shopping centre in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore killed at least 10 people on Thursday, a provincial government spokesman said, the latest attack in a surge of violence that has shaken the country.

16 Feb 2017 description

Thursday, 16 February 2017 19:21 GMT

A suicide bomber entered the shrine as crowds massed, Sindh police spokesman says

  • Second major attack on Sufi shrines in recent months

  • Islamic State a growing threat in Pakistan

  • Bombing was latest in wave of attacks this week

By Syed Raza Hassan

13 Feb 2017 description

Monday, 13 February 2017 16:43 GMT

Security in Pakistan has vastly improved in recent years but Islamist groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State still pose a threat

By Mubasher Bukhari

LAHORE, Pakistan, Feb 13 (Reuters) - An explosion near the Punjab provincial assembly in the Pakistani city of Lahore killed at least 13 people and wounded 83 others on Monday, a senior police official said.

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05 Feb 2017 description

In northern Afghanistan, over the past two days as many as 19 people were killed by avalanches.

KABUL, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Dozens of people in Afghanistan and Pakistan were killed after heavy snow and avalanches hit over the weekend.

In eastern Afghanistan, at least 50 people died and dozens more were missing on Sunday after an avalanche buried a village in Nuristan, provincial governor Hafiz Abdul Qayum said.

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21 Jan 2017 description

By Josh Smith

Amid rising violence, economic stagnation and social upheaval, the UN estimates nearly a third of the population will need humanitarian assistance this year

03 Jan 2017 description

Local officials recruited Muslim clerics to promote immunisations for 400,000 children after past programmes were met with resistance and violence by extremists

By Gul Yousafzai

QUETTA, Pakistan, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Pakistan began a special five-day polio immunisation campaign in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday for children under five after a rare strain of the virus was found in sewage samples, officials said.

02 Nov 2016 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 1 November 2016 09:22 GMT

By Fayaz Bukhari and Abu Arqam Maqash

SRINAGAR, India/MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan, Nov 1 (Reuters) - India and Pakistan on Tuesday tallied at least 19 deaths in recent firing across their disputed border in Kashmir, where the nuclear-armed neighbours are engaging in increasingly intense artillery duels.

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28 Oct 2016 description

The WHO wants to see a worldwide switch from the traditional "live" oral polio vaccine

By Tom Miles

GENEVA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Two companies making vaccines to help the world eradicate polio are failing to produce enough, so many countries should prepare to give lower doses to make stocks last, a group of experts has advised the World Health Organization.

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17 Jul 2016 description

by Reuters
Saturday, 16 July 2016 09:31 GMT

"Serbia does not want to become a collective centre for migrants," says Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic

BELGRADE, July 16 (Reuters) - Serbian police and army will form joint patrols to protect the country's borders from illegal crossings of migrants mostly coming from Afghanistan and Pakistan, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Saturday.

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19 Jun 2016 description

There are over 11,000 asylum seekers in the Asian financial hub, some still uncertain about their fate after waiting for more than 15 years

HONG KONG, June 19 (Reuters) - The number of stateless children born to refugees is growing in Hong Kong, where claims from asylum seekers have more than tripled in the last two years, alarming residents and lawmakers.

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18 Jun 2016 description

After nearly 1,300 people died in extreme heat last year, the city is stepping up preparations for this summer

By Aamir Saeed

ISLAMABAD, June 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last summer, temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius led to more than a thousand heat-related deaths in Karachi. This year, as it prepares for the peak of summer heat, the city has opened 179 heatstroke centres to try to hold down the death toll.

28 Feb 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Sat, 27 Feb 2016 11:46 GMT

By Krista Mahr

KALABAT, Pakistan, Feb 27 (Reuters) - A senior U.N. official has urged Pakistan to resolve the status of more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan whose registration cards have expired or who remain unregistered.

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17 Feb 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Wed, 17 Feb 2016 09:38 GMT

Author: Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan Feb 17 (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and wounded a Pakistani polio worker in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday, the latest in a string of attacks against eradication teams in a country that accounts for more than 70 percent of the world's cases of the virus.

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15 Feb 2016 description

Source: Reuters - Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:48 GMT

Author: Reuters

KARACHI/ISLAMABAD, Feb 15 (Reuters) - More than 100,000 health workers fanned out across Pakistan on Monday, stepping up a drive to eliminate the polio virus this year from one of its last bastions, despite continuing militant threats to vaccination teams.

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06 Feb 2016 description

QUETTA, Pakistan, Feb 6 (Reuters) - At least eight people were killed and more than 40 wounded in a bomb blast on Saturday in Pakistan's western city of Quetta, hospital officials said, the latest attack in a region that will be home to the planned route of the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor.

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03 Dec 2015 description

By Asad Hashim

ISLAMABAD, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Pakistan refused to allow about 30 migrants deported from Greece to get off a plane at Islamabad on Thursday, a week after talks with the European Union to settle a dispute over forced repatriations.

The charter plane later took off with the rejected returnees still aboard, after 19 others whom Pakistan deemed legitimate deportees were allowed to disembark, the Interior Ministry said.

14 Oct 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Tue, 13 Oct 2015 13:34 GMT

  • Afghan refugees see some programmes reduced

  • Shortfalls linked to money being diverted to Europe crisis

By Asad Hashim

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Aid programmes for some of the 2.5 million Afghan refugees in Pakistan are being slashed amid the worst funding shortfall for a generation, as the European and Syrian migrant crisis uses up cash and dominates headlines, United Nations officials said.

04 Sep 2015 description

Source: Reuters - Thu, 3 Sep 2015 23:00 GMT

  • Afghan refugees complain of harassment in Pakistan

  • Number of people returning to Afghanistan rises sharply

  • Problems reflect chill in relations between neighbours

  • Returning families say Afghanistan no safer than when they fled

By Frank Jack Daniel

KABUL, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Rahim Khan's return to Afghanistan 28 years after fleeing to Pakistan was not the homecoming he had dreamed of.

10 Jun 2015 description

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan, June 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U ntil recently, Ghulam Mustafa made a living growing sugarcane, rice, barley and wheat on his 10-acre farm in Punjab province.

But these days he is struggling. The water available in wells in the area is dwindling, and the cost of pumping it to his crops is rising. Like many other farmers in the area, Mustafa, 51, now plans to cultivate only half his land and leave the rest for his livestock.

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