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US troops pull out of 5 bases in Afghanistan: official

WASHINGTON  The US shut down five military bases in Afghanistan as part of an agreement with the Taliban, a Pentagon official said Tuesday. The official, who wanted to remain anonymous, confirmed...

Clashes, standoffs between Chinese and Indian armies: Timeline

ANKARA India-China border tensions turned deadly on Monday, killing twenty Indian personnel, including a commanding officer. Both countries reported the first such violent clash since 1975, even though over the...

Top US diplomat tells Congress Hong Kong not autonomous

WASHINGTON US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified to Congress on Wednesday that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from mainland China, opening the door to changes of its treatment...

Pakistan: Passenger aircraft crashes in Karachi

KARACHI, Pakistan A Pakistan Airlines International aircraft with over 90 passengers onboard crashed in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday, officials and local media reported. The aircraft crashed in...

Afghan president inks power-sharing deal with rival

KABUL, Afghanistan Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday inked a power-sharing deal to end a months-long political stalemate, the presidential spokesman said. Sediq Sediqqi, a...

Taliban ‘crush’ Daesh/ISIS with US 'limited support'

WASHINGTON The Taliban crushed the Daesh/ISIS terror group in eastern Afghanistan with "limited support" from Washington, according to a U.S. general Tuesday. U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Frank McKenzie told the...

End unrest, restore order in Hong Kong, says China

ANKARA China has asked Hong Kong administration to deal strictly with protesters in order to restore normal life in the global financial hub, said media reports. Normal life remained hit on...

62 killed in train fire in northeast Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan At least 62 people were killed and over two dozen injured when a fire broke out Thursday morning on a passenger train in northeast Pakistan, an official confirmed. The...

Russia urges US to return to talks with Taliban

MOSCOW Russia on Friday called on the U.S. to return to talks with the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Deputy Foreign Minister Igor...

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Bosnian minister says more women needed in government

BELGRADE, Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina's first headscarf-wearing minister said Wednesday that women should be more involved in government.  "There are four women in the current cantonal...

UAE ratifies visa exemption agreement with Israel

ISTANBUL  The United Arab Emirates approved a visa exemption agreement with Israel on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  The agreement will come into...

NBA: Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

ANKARA The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday.  “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal...

Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – January 14, 2021

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   Coronavirus...

‘Cyprus solution must be based on sovereign equality'

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  An official negotiation process on the Cyprus issue can only be started for a solution based on sovereign equality,...