The two girls who were sitting on either side of education advocate Malala Yousafzai, when a Taliban gunman boarded their school bus in 2012 and tried to kill her, are now working side-by-side with her again to tout an equal education for all girls and boys. Continue reading
On the afternoon of April 23, 2013, workers at the Rana Plaza offices of BRAC Bank were concerned about recent cracks that had appeared in the walls of the building. Their manager ordered tellers to complete transactions they were working on and promptly evacuate. Hours later, the building would lie under an eight-story heap of rubble, taking 1,100 lives in one of the deadliest garment manufacturing disasters in history. Continue reading
A young Afghan woman named Soheila ran away with a man after her father forced her to marry a 70 year old. She tells her story in the documentary “To Kill a Sparrow” produced by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Continue reading
Like many other boys his age, Humayun Zadran wanted to become a rock star. But he wasn’t allowed to learn Western music while growing up in the conservative climate of Peshawar, Pakistan. Now as an adult living in Afghanistan, he’s created a space where Afghans both young and old can pursue that dream. Continue reading
Rescue crews from multiple countries were still searching on Sunday for a Malaysia Airlines plane missing off the southern coast of Vietnam — more than 20 hours after the Boeing 777-200 aircraft carrying 239 people vanished early Saturday morning. Continue reading
The Chinese government announced Wednesday that their defense budget will increase by 12.2 percent, nearly 808 billion yuan, for the 2014 fiscal year.
In U.S. dollars, China will be boosting its defense budget from $117 billion to approximately $132 billion, the biggest military increase in the last three years, Reuters reports. The military expansion includes investments in computer software technology and a boost in spending for their navy, one capable of operating in international waters. Continue reading
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has discussed climate change in both China and Indonesia during his latest diplomatic mission in Asia. Why has climate change grabbed a top spot on Kerry’s agenda in Asia? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Geoff Dyer, a foreign policy writer for the Financial Times, about Kerry’s trip and current U.S. foreign policy in Asia. Continue reading