Top of the Morning: Kashmir Experiencing Worst Fighting in Years

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Kashmir is Experiencing the Worst Violence in Years

For the past decade, things have been relatively quiet in the region. Until now. “In recent days, the disputed border that separates much of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan has turned into a virtual war zone. A month of cease-fire violations by both sides has resulted in the deaths of at least 11 soldiers and two Pakistani civilians and the wounding of several residents.” (WaPo

UN Report Cites Huge Drop in Child Mortality

Still, the MDG will not likely be reached. “According to the report, global child mortality is down by almost half since 1990. The report found that in 2012, about 6.6 million children died before reaching their fifth birthday. This is down from 12 million under-five deaths in 1990. Researchers found that half of deaths are largely concentrated in just a few countries: China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan. India and Nigeria alone account for more than one third of the globe’s under-five mortality.” (UN Dispatch