Asia Pacific

Myanmar: opium cultivation down 25 per cent, but conflict areas remain 'safe haven' for drug traders

The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25 per cent from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, a United Nations survey released Wednesday has found.

Millions of babies, mostly in South Asia, risk brain damage from breathing toxic air, UNICEF warns

Almost 17 million babies live in areas where air pollution is at least six times higher than international limits, causing them to breathe toxic air and potentially risking their brain development, according to a new paper released on Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya, says genocide ‘cannot be ruled out’

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday called for an international criminal probe into the perpetrators of the widespread and brutal attacks that have driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar since August, noting that “elements of genocide” against the minority could not be ruled out.