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Several injured in church suicide bombing in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia A suicide attack targeted a Catholic church on Indonesia’s South Sulawesi Island on Sunday.The suicide bomb exploded at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral at 10.28 a.m. local...

India: Virus concerns over largest religious festival

NEW DELHI  India’s Health Ministry on Sunday called for stringent COVID-19 measures during a Hindu religious festival expected to draw millions of people to the northern Uttarakhand state next month. The...

Afghanistan inching closer to revive forest cover

KABUL, Afghanistan With a renewed devotion to the deep-rooted tradition of tree planting and preservative measures, Afghanistan is inching closer to reviving most of its lost forest cover.In recent...

Local militia shot down army chopper: Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan A local militia commander was responsible for the downing of a military helicopter that killed nine security personnel earlier this week, Afghanistan’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.A...

Pakistan: Premier, wife test positive for COVID-19

KARACHI, Pakistan Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, have tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed on Saturday.Khan and his wife are self-isolating at home, the premier's office and the...

Powerful earthquake rattles northeastern Japan

ANKARA  A strong earthquake rocked northeastern Japan on Saturday, according to the country’s meteorological agency. The 6.9 magnitude quake occurred at 06:09 p.m. local time (0909GMT) in Pacific waters off the...

Bangladesh gets $500M to aid COVID-19 vaccination drive

DHAKA, Bangladesh Bangladesh will receive $500 million from the World Bank to boost its COVID-19 vaccination drive, the global financial institution announced on Friday. The additional financing from the bank’s International...

Indonesian court allows female soldier to change gender

JAKARTA, IndonesiaAn Indonesian court on Friday approved a request by a female soldier to change her gender to male in official records due to a rare congenital condition.The Tondano...

Japan: Cyber-attacks on virus control system up by 400%

ANKARACyber-attacks on Japan's COVID-19 control system increased by 400% last year amid a battle against the pandemic, officials have claimed.The country's National Center for Global Health and Medicine (NCGHM)...

Australia to keep using AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

ANKARA Australia will continue using the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country’s drug regulator said on Friday. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said in a statement that it “has not received...

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Turkey registers almost 10,500 new coronavirus cases

ANKARA Turkey reported more than 10,500 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the Health Ministry said, as the country is set to lift its 17-day full...

Palestine calls for sanctions, arms embargo on Israel at UN event

WASHINGTON Addressing a UN event on Sunday, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called Israeli attacks on occupied territories of Palestine "war crimes" and urged the...

China urges US to 'adjust' position on Israel-Palestine tensions

WASHIGNTON China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the US to "adjust" its position on Israel-Palestine tensions on Sunday. Speaking at a virtual debate of UN...

Israeli government, army commanders are 'war criminals': Former Israeli army pilot

JERUSALEM The Israeli government and army commanders are "war criminals," a former Israeli Air Force pilot, who was discharged from the army in 2003, told...

North Korea withdraws from Asian qualifiers for 2022 World Cup

ANKARA The North Korean national football team on Sunday pulled out of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. "The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)...