Sahar Fares, a 24-year-old paramedic, was planning her wedding. Instead, her family held her funeral after she died in the explosion that tore through Beirut.
Maria Abi-HabibSahar Fares was planning her wedding. Instead, she got a funeral. The paramedic died during the Beirut blast. She is from the village of al-Qaa, whose residents enter the civil service in disproportionately high numbers. Today, al Qaa feels betrayed
Buildings were damaged in the Lebanese capital and many people were wounded. The source of the explosions was unclear.
Maria Abi-HabibFollow our live coverage here for the Beirut, #Lebanon blast
Maria Abi-HabibDr Peter Noun, the head of pediatrics oncology at St George Hospital, said parents of the cancer-stricken children he treats panicked. Amid the hospital's destruction, they ripped out IVs from their kids' wrists and ran out. Updates on #Lebanon blast
Recent abductions of a journalist and an activist have underscored Pakistan’s worsening rights conditions as the country’s security forces pressure the news media and human rights groups.
Maria Abi-HabibJournalists and critics are being abducted and killed. TV anchors are being cut off mid air. Under Imran Khan’s government, attacks on the press are the worst they’ve been since Pakistan’s era of military juntas. Our latest
Security employees at the online marketplace allegedly orchestrated deliveries of live cockroaches, pornographic videos and a mask of a bloody pig’s head. The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating whether eBay targeted any other critics with...
Maria Abi-HabibThis story is so so insane, twisted and just riveting: Live cockroaches. A mask of a bloody pig’s head. Pornographic videos. This is the inside story of EBay’s bizarre alleged campaign against a blog critic.
Medical workers are falling ill in Pakistan at alarming rates as the country registers at least 100,000 new coronavirus cases since the lockdown was lifted.
Maria Abi-HabibPakistan’s Lockdown Ended a Month Ago. Now Hospital Signs Read ‘Full.’ Infections could reach 900,000 by July and there are only about 700 ventilators left for covid19 patients in the world’s fifth largest country. Our latest
Using the newly launched growth forecasts from the Global Economic Prospects , we can update the estimate of the pandemic on global poverty. The new growth forecasts contain two scenarios—baseline and downside—allowing us to explore...
THE collection and distribution of zakat by the state has once more come under discussion, this time due to the...
Maria Abi-HabibWow I didn't know this. In Pakistan, zakat is immediately deducted from bank accounts, with little transparency over how it is spent by govt. The giving of zakat, like any religious alms, should be a personal decision. In the Middle East it is a choice.
The government gave in to clerics’ demands that mosques be allowed to stay open during the Islamic holy month. Now critics are asking who’s in charge.
Maria Abi-HabibWhile clerics acknowledge that their mosques are perfect vectors for the coronavirus’ spread — they say they have to protect their bottom line: money & influence.
Our report on Clerics clashing w/the state in Pakistan #Covid_19 #coronavirus #Ramadan
Despite leaders’ decrees on staying home, laborers who live hand-to-mouth say they have no choice but to keep hitting the streets. Here are their stories.
Maria Abi-HabibSocial distancing means hunger for many in India, its workforce reliant on manual labor. It's an unheard-of luxury for the ragpicker or street vendor who lives day to day. Here are the stories of 6 laborers, in their own words: nyti.ms/2JrIPEU #coronavirus #covid19
His claims of a secret deal come at a sensitive time for the government, which is under international pressure to cut ties with terror groups.
Maria Abi-HabibA Pakistani Taliban militant who surrendered in 2017 just escaped. But instead of the stark jail cell usually reserved for criminals, he was under house arrest in an upscale neighborhood. And he says his surrender was part of secret deal he made w/military
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the national icon would have supported his contentious citizenship law. Demonstrators say it goes against everything Gandhi stood for.
Maria Abi-HabibAs India marks the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's assassination today, a tussle has broken out over who can claim Gandhi's mantle: Prime Minister Modi or the hundreds of protesters that continue to defy his government? Thread part/1 nyti.ms/2Ua90pR #CAA #India #Gandhi
'Don't be confused by false propaganda. You will be the biggest beneficiaries when India becomes a $5 trillion economy,' Shah told students of Gujarat Technological University.The Union minister made the claim even as India's second quarter GDP...