Pakistan: Why Swat locals are angry with both the military and the Taliban
16 October 2022 | 5:42 pm
A deadly attack on a school van in Pakistan's Swat Valley has sparked fears of a resurgence in Taliban activity in the region. Thousands have protested against the possible return of a militant presence to Swat.
Pakistan's devastating floods have reignited the debate that the West is responsible for the effects of climate change in the Global South. Scientists say extreme weather events have become more common. DW investigates.
Water has started receding in parts of Pakistan after the worst monsoon floods in history. But now, a second disaster is looming with cases of water-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever rising, as stagnant waters have become breeding grounds for mosquitos. We take a closer look.
The devastating flooding in recent weeks has battered a country already struggling to revive its crisis-stricken economy.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told FRANCE 24 the floods that ravaged his country had created a catastrophe of apocalyptical proportions. In addition to more than 1,500 deaths, the disaster has caused dual health and food security crises. Zardari said Pakistan needs some $30 billion in aid and praised international efforts under way to offer help.
The UN children's agency UNICEF renewed its appeal for $39 million to help the most vulnerable flood victims as the country's Prime Minister called for food and medicine.
The international community has condemned Russian plans to call up an extra 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine. Western leaders say the call-up is in response to Russian losses on the battlefield. The move has raised fears of an escalation of the war.
A religious party in Pakistan has filed a petition against a law that protects the rights of transgender people. Opponents say the legislation could act as a gateway to enable same-sex marriage.
Ukraine launched a major counter-offensive in the Kharkiv region on September 6. This operation surprised Russia and led to the withdrawal of Russian soldiers from several strategic cities in eastern Ukraine, such as Izium. Our reporters Gulliver Cragg and Gwendoline Debono met with Ukrainian soldiers who took part in the counter-offensive and spoke to two of the operational commanders.
West African political bloc ECOWAS slaps sanctions on the military junta ruling Guinea. Failure to provide a plan for a return to civilian rule has resulted in the junta's assets being frozen, with the threat of more severe sanctions also laid on the table.
President Putin's decision to partially mobilize Russian reservists has sparked a mass exodus of men trying to avoid the fighting in Ukraine. Juri Rescheto reports from Riga.
The 25-year-old was reportedly upset that his friend who had no prior military experience had received draft orders. The shooting follows Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of partial mobilization.
The Kremlin says it has not yet made any decision on closing Russia's borders although an ongoing exodus of military-age men looking to evade the Ukraine war call-up is happening. One of the countries they are fleeing to, is neighboring Georgia.
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