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Magnitude 5.0 earthquake shakes eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA A magnitude 5.0 earthquake jolted Indonesia's North Sulawesi province Thursday, according to the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG).  BMKG said the earthquake’s epicenter was 66 kilometers (41...

Turkmenistan marks 25th anniversary of neutrality

ANKARA The Embassy of Turkmenistan in Turkey marked the 25th anniversary of the country's neutrality, according to a statement. In a videoconference on Tuesday with the participation of officials of the...

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: Economy restarts as virus measures ease

ANKARA New Zealand has resumed three quarters of its economic activities as of Tuesday after easing lockdown measures against the novel coronavirus, local media reported. With fewer COVID-19 cases reported, Wellington...

Australia pushes back against boycott threat from China

ANKARA  Australia on Tuesday called China's envoy to the country to explain recent comments seen as threats of economic boycott if Canberra insists on an international investigation into the origins...

UN documents 533 civilian casualties in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan  Amid growing calls for a cease-fire, the UN mission in Afghanistan on Monday revealed that raging violence in the war-torn country has killed 533 civilians including over 150...

Eurasian countries fighting pandemic

NUR SULTAN, Kazakhstan  Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Georgia, and Uzbekistan reported a spike in cases.  Ukraine The Health Ministry of Ukraine announced 492 more people caught the virus, raising the tally to...

'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...

Kashmir: 2 militants, ‘aide’ killed in gunfight

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir Two militants and their "associate" were killed in a gunfight with the government forces in the Indian-administered Kashmir on Saturday morning, the police said. The gunfight, the...

US backs NATO call for Afghan cease-fire over pandemic

KABUL, Afghanistan The US’ special envoy on Saturday backed NATO’s call for a humanitarian cease-fire in Afghanistan to help the country deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and move towards lasting...

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Death toll from floods in Nigeria climbs to 95

ABUJA  The death toll from floods in Nigeria has risen to 95, according to local media reports.  Sixteen more people were killed in floods caused by...

Twitter removes Iran-linked accounts during US debate

WASHINGTON Twitter said Wednesday it removed nearly 130 accounts that appeared to originate in Iran as the first US presidential debate was taking place Tuesday...

Boko Haram kills 10 soldiers in northeast Nigeria

ABUJA  Members of the Boko Haram terrorist group killed 10 soldiers in an ambush in northeastern Nigeria, local media reported Wednesday.   Eight soldiers were also wounded...

US: 7 shot at funeral home in Milwaukee

WASHINGTON  Seven people were shot and wounded Wednesday in the US state of Wisconsin as they gathered for a funeral.  Around 1 pm, a gunman pulled...

Putin, Macron discuss Upper Karabakh conflict by phone

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone Wednesday with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on the situation in the occupied Upper Karabakh region.  Putin and...