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Sri Lanka polls: Choice becomes harder for minorities

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka  On eve of Nov. 16 presidential election, Sri Lankan minority communities, particularly Tamils and Muslims are confused and feel betrayed by the successive governments, for not attending...

COVID-19 death toll reaches 77 in India

CHANDIGARH, India India said Sunday the deaths from the coronavirus reached 77, while the number of diagnosed cases is 3,374. Health officials said 3,030 cases are active and 267 patients have...

Tensions flare as Indian states seal borders over virus

NEW DELHI, India  Tamil Nadu, a state in South India, built a wall at its border with Andhra Pradesh state to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and...

New Zealand reopens schools, easing virus curbs

MELBOURNE  New Zealand reopened schools after they were closed as part of measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to Radio New Zealand, around 800,000 students would start going...

Turkish agency helps dam disaster victims in Uzbekistan

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan  Turkey's state-run aid agency on Monday delivered humanitarian aid to the victims of a dam collapse in Uzbekistan last month. Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) distributed 4,000 beds,...

N.Zealand reports local virus cases after over 100 days

ANKARA  New Zealand's prime minister on Tuesday confirmed four local cases of the novel coronavirus -- the first in the last 102 days. Addressing a news conference aired live in Auckland,...

Proxy wars complicating Afghan peace talks: Hekmatyar

KABUL, Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a prominent Afghan mujahideen leader and head of the Hezb-e-Islami party, has said regional proxy wars have complicated the fragile yet rejuvenated peace process in Afghanistan. Addressing...

Afghanistan: Hekmatyar ready to join hands with Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, veteran Afghan mujahideen leader and head of the Hezb-e-Islami party, has expressed his willingness to form an alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan. “Hezb-e-Islami is ready for...

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...

Thailand to welcome ASEAN leaders, partner countries

BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand is all set to welcome the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and partner countries at the regional bloc's 35th summit in the capital...

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'EU sanctions on Turkey would make no sense at all'

ISTANBUL The EU imposing sanctions on Turkey would be profoundly irrational, Turkey’s communications director said on Saturday.  “We have no such expectation” of sanctions being imposed,...

Lebanon: Hariri regrets failure of Macron’s initiative

BEIRUT, Lebanon Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has regretted the failure of French President Emmanuel Macron's initiative for forming a new government in Lebanon.  “Those...

Hamas chief hails Abbas’ speech to UN

GAZA CITY, Palestine Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday hailed President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech to the UN General Assembly, according to the official Wafa news...

Eurasian countries register new virus cases, deaths

KIEV More coronavirus cases and fatalities were reported in several Eurasian and Central Asian countries on Saturday. Ukraine The death toll in Ukraine reached 3,903 with 76...

6 civilians dead in Afghanistan landmine blast

KABUL, Afghanistan At least six people were killed in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province, an official confirmed on Saturday. A tractor trolley carrying...