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Oct 27, 2010

Q+A-What’s on the agenda at the Asian leaders’ summit

HANOI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific
countries that have become the focus of global economic growth
will meet in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, this week for ASEAN
and East Asia Summits.

Following are some questions and answers on the meetings.

WHO WILL ATTEND?

The 10 leaders of the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN) — which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia,
Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand
and Vietnam — meet on Thursday. They meet the leaders of their
big three east Asian partners — China, Japan and South Korea
– on Friday, and convene an East Asia Summit (EAS) summit with
the leaders of Australia, India and New Zealand on Saturday.

Aug 26, 2010

Pakistan seeks to salvage economy as more flee floods

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan ordered fresh evacuations from southern Sindh on Thursday as the country struggled to bring relief to millions already displaced by flooding and sought international help to rescue its economy.

The towns of Sujawal, Daro and Mirpur Batoro, with a combined population of 400,000, were ordered evacuated after the swollen Indus river bust through an embankment.

Aug 25, 2010

Death comes to Pakistani camp for flood victims

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Tauda, a mother of four, fell sick with stomach cramps and diarrhea in a camp for flood victims on Tuesday. Less than 14 hours later, she died.

“We think it was because of the water,” said her brother, Mohammad Hashim, as he prepared to bury her on Wednesday.

Aug 25, 2010

U.N. appeals for more helicopters for Pakistan flood aid

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – At least 800,000 Pakistanis stranded by floods are at risk of dying of starvation or disease unless the United Nations gets more helicopters to urgently reach them, officials said on Wednesday.

The dire situation of these victims — reachable only by air — underscores the challenges the disaster has created in a country that could face unrest if it fails to provide compensation for the loss of homes, crops and livestock and ensure the economy doesn’t suffer too much in the long term.

Aug 24, 2010

Pakistani fishermen hunt for flood survivors

SHAHDADKOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani fishermen are helping scour the flooded countryside of the southern province of Sindh for people marooned in the deluge and now running out of food.

More than three weeks after torrential monsoon rains fell over the upper Indus river basin, many people across Sindh’s flat rice belt in the province’s northwest remain cut off in their flooded homes.

Aug 24, 2010

Recovery from floods to take Pakistan years: Zardari

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan could take years to recover from the floods disaster, its president said, as crisis talks began with the IMF which predicted the catastrophe would have a “major and lasting” economic impact.

An official in the province of Sindh said on Tuesday that up to 600,000 people were now in danger from rising flood waters in the south, nearly a month into a calamity that has affected a third of the country and cast some 4 million from their homes.

Aug 24, 2010

Pakistan starts IMF talks, seeks help from floods

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials began talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.

The IMF said it would review Pakistan’s budget and economic prospects due to the magnitude of a disaster that has ravaged crops and infrastructure, left more than 4 million homeless and raised concerns that Islamist militants may exploit the chaos.

Aug 23, 2010

Pakistan to seek IMF help for flood-battered economy

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan braced for more flooding in the south as officials were due to hold talks in Washington on Monday with the International Monetary Fund on how to shore up the battered economy to maintain stability.

The IMF said it would review Pakistan’s budget and economic prospects because of the magnitude of a disaster that has ravaged crops and infrastructure, left more than 4 million homeless and raised concerns that Islamist militants may exploit the chaos.

Aug 23, 2010

Pakistanis stay in flooded village despite hardship

SULTAN KOT, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistani shopkeeper Khalil Ahmed Khan strapped a pistol in a leather holster around his waist before setting out to look around his village marooned in flood water.

“This is the season for thieves,” said the burly Khan, standing outside his small shop, just above the flood line, in Sultan Kot village in the heart of Sindh province’s rice belt.

Aug 23, 2010

Pakistan floods leave millions hungry: U.N.

SUKKUR, Pakistan (Reuters) – Pakistan’s worst floods in decades have left millions hungry, the United Nations said on Monday, while parts of the south were on high alert for rising waters that could further tax aid groups.

“We cannot talk about starvation yet but I think we can talk about millions of people being hungry,” Maurizio Giuliano, the U.N. humanitarian spokesman, told Reuters.