Afghanistan earthquake kills at least 1,000, toll expected to rise

KABUL, June 22 (Reuters) – The death toll from an earthquake in Afghanistan on Wednesday hit 1,000, disaster management officials said, with more than 600 injured and the toll expected to grow as information trickles in from remote mountain villages. Houses were reduced to rubble and bodies swathed in blankets lay on the ground after … Read more

Hometown looks to aspiring Colombia VP Marquez to deliver on inequality promises

SUAREZ, Colombia June 16 (Reuters) – Former neighbors and colleagues in Colombia’s largely marginalized Cauca province hope vice presidential candidate Francia Marquez, a single mother and former housekeeper, will help areas plagued by violence and poverty if her ticket wins the election on Sunday. But it is unclear how much freedom Marquez, 40, would have … Read more

Poor workers bear the brunt of India’s heatwave

NOIDA, India, May 16 (Reuters) – For construction worker Yogendra Tundre, life at a building site on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi is hard enough. This year, record high temperatures are making it unbearable. As India grapples with an unprecedented heatwave, the country’s vast majority of poor workers, who generally work outdoors, … Read more