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23 May 2018 description

A combination of Ramadan fasting and 44-degree Celsius (111 degree Fahrenheit) temperatures are proving deadly in Karachi

By Saad Sayeed

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (Reuters) - A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organisation said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.

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28 Mar 2018 description

Many of the failed applicants who can't be repatriated are from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Russia

BERLIN, March 26 (Reuters) - The number of failed asylum seekers who could not be repatriated from Germany because they lack valid documents jumped 71 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, the interior ministry said on Monday.

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20 Feb 2018 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 11:43 GMT

An outbreak of drug-resistant typhoid that began in Hyderabad in Pakistan in November 2016 is still spreading

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) - An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant "superbug" strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday.

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02 Feb 2018 description

KABUL, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan on Wednesday, shaking large parts of the region and killing a child and injuring several people in neighbouring Pakistan, officials said.

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01 Feb 2018 description

By Asif Shahzad

ISLAMABAD, Jan 31 (Reuters) - A Pakistani government ministry recommended on Wednesday that Afghan refugees be given a five-month extension of their stay, dispelling fears that a large-scale repatriation back to violence-plagued Afghanistan was imminent.

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30 Jan 2018 description

Police said there were 11 Syrian nationals on the vessel, two people from Morocco and two from Yemen, one person from Afghanistan and one from Pakistan. The group included four children

BELGRADE, Jan 30 (Reuters) - A group of migrants, including 11 Syrians, were rescued on Tuesday from an Italian fishing trawler in the Adriatic Sea and taken to Montenegro, police said.

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20 Dec 2017 description

According to official data there are as many as 4,500 migrants in government-operated camps in Serbia

SID, Serbia, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Mudassir, 18, from Pakistan's city of Peshawar has tried to enter the European Union 30 times but was always caught and sent back to his starting point in Serbia.

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08 Nov 2017 description

by Reuters
Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:28 GMT

By Saad Sayeed

ISLAMABAD, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Two young boys kneel over small white tables, intently studying the Koran at a madrassa in Pakistan.

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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.