South and central Asia

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Afghan embassy staff remain in hiding despite being eligible for UK relocation
UK government accused of leaving former employees and their families ‘in limbo’ in Afghanistan, where they are targets for the Taliban

Nicola Kelly

01, Jul, 2022 @5:15 AM

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Delhi’s street vendors baulk at India’s single-use plastic ban
Ban on 19 items comes in on Friday, but researchers warn that millions are not prepared to use alternatives to ubiquitous plastic

Amrit Dhillon in New Delhi

29, Jun, 2022 @11:10 PM

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Go wild in these countries: five exciting rewilding projects to visit
From Montana’s prairies to Kazakhstan’s steppes, vast tracts of land are being enriched. Here’s how to witness those changes

Graeme Green

26, Jun, 2022 @8:15 AM

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‘We jumped in the car as soon as we heard’: Afghans race to help amid wait for international aid
While the Taliban and aid agencies rushed to respond, locals were already on their way bringing much needed support

Stefanie Glinski in Gayan, Afghanistan

26, Jun, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Sri Lanka almost out of fuel, with no fresh supplies in sight
Bankrupt nation’s energy minister apologises to motorists but unable to say when petrol and diesel imports will be restored

Staff and agencies

26, Jun, 2022 @1:41 AM

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Exploited in a crisis: why are Sri Lankans getting on boats bound for Australia?
Poor and vulnerable people fleeing Sri Lanka are being met by Australian boat turnbacks and ‘enhanced assessments’ that may breach international law

Devana Senanayake in Colombo, Aliyar Mohammed Geeth in Trincomalee, and Ben Doherty in Sydney

25, Jun, 2022 @8:00 PM

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‘Too much suffering’: survivors talk of quake’s deadly toll in Afghanistan
5.9-magnitude earthquake leaves children buried under rubble and villages destroyed in already impoverished country

Stefanie Glinski in Gayan

24, Jun, 2022 @12:54 PM

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Fears grow for Afghanistan earthquake survivors left without shelter
First shipments of international aid arrive in country as officials say death toll has risen to 1,150

Peter Beaumont and agencies

24, Jun, 2022 @11:28 AM

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‘I must stay strong’: hardship for workers fleeing Sri Lanka’s broken economy
For many, leaving their country and their family behind to earn money overseas is the only option

Aanya Wipulasena in Colombo

24, Jun, 2022 @12:24 AM

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‘I dared not look at the faces’: the Afghan man who lost 22 family members in the quake
Karim Nyazai recounts his experiences since the devastating earthquake that struck Afghanistan this week

Akhtar Mohammad Makoii

23, Jun, 2022 @2:40 PM

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Aung San Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement, says Myanmar junta
Ousted leader, held at secret location for past year, charged with at least 20 offences and could spend rest of life in jail

Rebecca Ratcliffe and agencies

23, Jun, 2022 @9:43 AM

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Afghanistan earthquake: Taliban appeal for more aid as death toll set to mount
The hardline Islamist leadership says help needs to be ‘scaled up’ after the quake devastated towns and villages in the country’s mountainous east

Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad, and Martin Farrer

23, Jun, 2022 @8:16 AM

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