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Afghanistan conference co-chair calls for cease-fire

GENEVA The Finnish foreign minister and co-chair of a high-level pledging conference on Afghanistan to drive a peace process involving the Taliban called for an immediate, comprehensive, and nationwide ceasefire...

Pakistan protesters end anti-France sit-in

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan  Thousands of protesters led by a religious party in the Pakistani capital have called off their anti-France sit-in after successful negotiations with the government, a spokesperson confirmed on...

Pakistan: Protesters decrying France clash with police

KARACHI, Pakistan  Security forces have sealed off Pakistan's capital Islamabad to contain thousands of protesters gathered outside the city to protest against the republication of caricatures in France insulting Prophet...

Pakistan censures Macron's anti-Islam posture

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Pakistan on Monday summoned the French ambassador to Islamabad and conveyed deep concern over republication of blasphemous caricatures and "irresponsible" statements of French President Emmanuel Macron against Islam. In...

India gives nod for Russian virus vaccine trials

CHANDIGARH, India India has given a go-ahead for clinical trials of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in the country. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, a pharmaceutical firm based in the southern Hyderabad city,...

Malaysia: Anwar says ‘political pressure’ behind order

JAKARTA, Indonesia  Malaysian opposition leaders Ibrahim said Friday that support from parliamentarians for his desire to become prime minister was not a police matter.  That was after he was summoned by...

Kyrgyz parliament accepts president’s resignation

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan's parliament on Friday lifted the state of emergency in the capital Bishkek after the demonstrations turned violent and accepted the resignation of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. Under the chairmanship...

Muslim Scholars call for dialogue in Kyrgyzstan crisis

ISTANBUL The International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has called upon the parties of the crisis in Kyrgyzstan to engage in a serious dialogue to reach a settlement that protect...

Pakistan armed forces throw weight behind Azerbaijan

ISLAMABAD  Pakistan’s armed force chief said Friday that his forces fully support Azerbaijan’s position in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh. Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Pakistan Ali Alizada met with Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff...

Afghan Rights group alarmed by surge in assassinations

KABUL, Afghanistan At least four prominent individuals were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday as the country's rights commission expressed anxiety over a surge in targeted assassinations. The Defense Ministry confirmed that...

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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,...