World pledges $5.8 bln in aid to quake-hit Pakistan
THE world boosted aid pledges for
quake-devastated Pakistan to $5.8 billion after the United Nations
warned there could be a second disaster as survivors face the bitter
Himalayan winter. The sum exceeds Pakistan's target of $5.2 billion
for recovery and reconstruction after the earthquake which killed
more than 73,000 and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
Nepal ex-PM appeals to Maoists to join political
NEPAL'S veteran former prime minister G.P.
Koirala said he has appealed to Maoist rebels to ally with
mainstream parties to restore democracy in the insurgency-racked