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China presents ‘new world’ vision as UN turns 75

ANKARA As the United Nations marks 75 years of its founding, China on Thursday slammed “blame game” by some countries.  In what it termed its “position paper” on the UN’s 75th...

'New normal': Jakarta set to ease virus restrictions

JAKARTA Indonesia’s capital announced on Thursday that the Jakarta city government is set to transition from large-scale social restrictions into "new normal" protocols starting this month. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, however,...

Afghan officials confirm resuming prisoner swap

KABUL, Afghanistan The Afghan government has resumed the troubled prisoner swap with the Taliban ahead of the landmark direct talks with the militant group, officials confirmed on Wednesday. In a statement,...

Indian media covers 3-year-old boy of Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir  After the heart-wrenching images of a 3-year-old boy squatting on the lifeless body of his grandfather went viral in the Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, the coverage...

US thanks Pakistan for efforts in Afghan peace process

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan US top peace negotiator for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has thanked Pakistan for their ongoing efforts toward ending conflict in the war-torn country. Khalizad met with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah...

'Bangladesh should take in stranded Rohingya boats'

DHAKA, Bangladesh  Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday urged Bangladeshi authorities to allow Rohingya refugees stranded in the Bay of Bengal for weeks to come ashore. “The Bangladesh government should immediately...

Some 50 Myanmar police, family members abducted

YANGON Some 50 police and their family members have been kidnapped by a rebel group in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine state, the country’s military said on Saturday. Arakan Army, a predominantly Buddhist...

Turkey begins constructing modern warship for Pakistan

KARACHI, Pakistan The steel-cutting or the ground-breaking ceremony to begin construction of the MILGEM Ada class corvette by Turkey for Pakistan was held in the southern port city of Karachi,...

Zalmay Khalilzad: Man of peace or pieces for Afghanistan?

KABUL, Afghanistan Having served as the highest-ranking Muslim in the U.S. administrations under four presidents, Afghanistan-born Zalmay Khalilzad has resumed his daunting task of reviving talks, with Taliban insurgents. Since the...

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...

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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...