Pakistan is bracing for a worst-case scenario that may unfold as early as July in which about three million refugees from Afghanistan cross the border in a 20-day span, according to a person familiar with government plans.
India had its airline-safety ranking downgraded by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration after the South Asian nation failed to find enough officials to ensure safe operation of flights, putting the country on a par with Zimbabwe and Indonesia.
Standard Chartered Plc expects lending for projects in the Middle East and Africa to decline 15 percent this year after a Saudi Arabian petrochemicals plant boosted loans to a record $87.6 billion in 2013.
Grain breeder Cimmyt will use genetic mapping to develop heat-tolerant wheat for South Asia, in a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development to boost the crop’s resilience to climate change.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed ordered security forces to take tougher measures against opponents after she won a second five-year term in a boycotted election that saw more than a dozen people killed.