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South Asia: Medical Tourists Bring Home Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections

Date: August 18th, 2010 | No Comments

Twenty-nine U.K. medical tourists to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have returned from their surgeries with a bacterial infection resistant to all but one or two antibiotics, including the “last resort” antibiotics commonly used against resistant strains. These infections involved common bacteria that had acquired a gene that gave them resistance to current drugs. These strains [read more]

India: Mumbai Terror Attack Creates Tensions between India and Pakistan

Date: December 3rd, 2008 | No Comments

Tensions are high between the governments of India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 171 people and targeted two luxury hotels, a railway station, a popular café and a Jewish center. The attackers came from Pakistan and had been trained in an Islamic militant camp there. [read more]

Pakistan: Ongoing Terrorist Threat, U.S. Consulate Reopens in Peshawar

Date: April 11th, 2006 | No Comments

The U.S. State Department continues to warn against travel to Pakistan because of the possibility of terrorist attacks on Americans. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates are operating at reduced staffing levels, and the consulate in Peshawar only recently reopened after being closed for many days for security reasons. It will remain closed for American citizens [read more]

Pakistan: Bombings at Karachi KFC and McDonald’s

Date: September 13th, 2005 | No Comments

Homemade bombs exploded within minutes of each other at two American fast-food outlets in an upscale Karachi district Sept. 9, one at a KFC in Clifton and the other at a McDonalds on Sea View Road. The bombs were timed to go off when few people would be endangered but injured five people in a [read more]

India and Pakistan

Date: February 22nd, 2005 | No Comments

Sometimes the smallest gesture can represent dramatic progress, and that is what analysts are saying about India and Pakistan agreeing to regular bus service across the ceasefire line in Kashmir. The bus service will run between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad in the Indian- and Pakistani-controlled sections of the disputed state, and is being viewed as a [read more]

USA-Bound Travelers from “Countries of Interest” Face Tightened Security

Date: January 6th, 2010 | No Comments

Anyone flying to the U.S. from or through countries the U.S. government considers state sponsors of terrorism or “other countries of interest” will face enhanced screening under new security measures that took effect Jan. 4. Countries the U.S. considers state sponsors of terrorism are Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria, and the “other countries of interest” [read more]

Pakistan: Emergency Rule Creates Uncertainty

Date: November 9th, 2007 | No Comments

A political crisis triggered by President Pervez Musharraf’s declaring a state of emergency has created a volatile situation whose course is uncertain. The move suspended the country’s constitution and shut down the judicial system. Demonstrations by lawyers and others opposing the president’s action have been met with force, and thousands of lawyers were arrested. Demonstrations [read more]

Pakistan: Earthquake Devastation

Date: October 11th, 2005 | No Comments

The devastating earthquake that struck the Pakistani-administered portion of Kashmir Oct. 8 killed thousands, flattened villages and towns, and destroyed hundreds of buildings in the regional capital of Muzaffarabad. Travel to the area, including the North-West Frontier and portions of Indian-administered Kashmir, should be avoided until the crisis has passed and recovery has got substantially [read more]

South Asia

Date: June 14th, 2005 | No Comments

The last year has seen a significant increase in threats and incidents targeting non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Individuals working for international aid and missionary groups have been attacked in several countries in the region, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan. NGOs reported a 75 percent increase in incidents worldwide between 2003 and 2004. The security [read more]


Date: June 3rd, 2003 | No Comments

If the usual risks of terrorism, anti-Americanism and sectarian violence aren’t enough, there’s now another danger to add to the list in Pakistan: going to the circus. A mob of more than 100 youths led by a cleric in Gujranwala, near Lahore, attacked the audience with sticks and clubs, then torched the circus because they [read more]

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