10 million North Koreans face food shortage after worst harvest, says United Nations

The UN found North Korean protein intake to be very low, with some families consuming protein only a few times a year A department store in Pyongyang. Photo: AP North Korea has cut food rations to 300 grammes a day … Read More

Death toll from Indonesia earthquake, tsunami now 1,424

Indonesia’s disaster agency says the death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that struck a central island last week has increased slightly to 1,424. National disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho provided the updated figure Thursday at a news conference … Read More

More Images From Indonesia’s Devastating Earthquake and Tsunami

Indonesia’s disaster-response agency now says that the death toll from the September 28 earthquake and tsunami has risen to more than 1,400, with another 2,500 injured. Aid and supplies are starting to arrive in some harder-hit areas near the town … Read More

Global desert: Drought turning the planet into a tinderbox

Drought is turning many areas of the globe into arid wastelands. Excessive heat has cost lives, ruined crops and created water shortages. The effects are being felt from South America to the Arctic Circle. Australia: ‘Land of drought’ Australian Prime … Read More

Food shortages? Grounded flights? These could be the consequences of a messy Brexit

Would a messy Brexit cause food shortages? Or planes to be grounded? Would car plants fall silent? With just eight months to go before Brexit, the UK government is fighting off accusations that it’s not doing enough to prepare for … Read More

Deadly South Asia floods affect 16 millon people

More than 16 million people have now been affected by seasonal flooding across a swathe of South Asia, say aid officials. The floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India are thought to have killed about 500 people and are expected to … Read More