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Moscow Talks on Afghanistan Failed. The Moscow meetings ended without the sides agreeing on a path to direct dialogue, the delegations from the Taliban and Kabul's High Peace Council said.
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Russia to host talks with Afghan leaders, Taliban delegation Russia said on Saturday that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had agreed to send a group of senior politicians to peace talks in Moscow, at which a delegation representing the Taliban would be present
Protests in Sri Lanka by supporters of deposed PM. Tens of thousands of activists blocked the centre of Colombo to protest the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister.
Turkish President demands Saudis disclose the location of Khashoggi remains Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Saudi Arabia to disclose the location of the remains of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as it's been claimed his body was cut up and thrown down a well at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Russia nuclear treaty: US warned over threat to scrap deal Russia has condemned US plans to withdraw from a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty and threatened to retaliate for a "very dangerous step".
US Navy Commander jailed for taking bribe. Amundson, a decorated combat pilot, told the judge that he did not realise what he was doing was illegal.
Top Afghan police chief killed in Kandahar shooting The most important power broker in southern Afghanistan has been shot dead just days before parliamentary elections, along with at least one other top official, leaving a power vacuum in the Taliban’s birthplace.
Khashoggi Disappearance. THE Saudi journalist who disappeared in mysterious circumstances was drugged and butchered to pieces while still alive in a grisly seven-minute killing, sources have claimed
Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured Workers say they set up a union two years ago to fight for their rights after enduring abuse from managers, limited toilet breaks and unbearably hot working conditions.
Warning shot? China sells US Treasury bonds amid trade war China has sold $3 billion of sovereign dollar bonds. This is only the third such move by Beijing in the last 14 years, and the first involving bonds with a 30-year maturity.
'Belt and road' disputes between China and its partners Five years after Beijing rolled out its ambitious plan to improve regional and transcontinental connectivity, the time is ripe for disputes to arise as contracts mature
With CPEC, Pakistan risks Chinese anger by courting Saudi Arabia Since 2015, Beijing has insisted that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the showcase project of President Xi Jinping’s "Belt and Road Initiative”, is purely an economic programme – as its name suggests.
China condemns U.S. for South China Sea freedom of navigation operation. The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters, where Chinese, Japanese and some Southeast Asian navies operate.
Why India is furious about a set of stamps. The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan were supposed to meet this week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
US 'ready to restart negotiations' with North Korea. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".
Unions reject US 95 $ as minimum wage in Bangladesh Bangladesh unions staged street protests to reject what they called an "inhuman" $95 a month minimum wage fixed by the government for the country's four million garment workers.
Bangladeshi Workers in Saudi Arabia. Hundreds of Bangladeshi women working as domestic helps in Saudi households have accused their employers of committing severe physical, mental and sexual abuses.
'No helmet, no fuel' for Bangladesh bikers The move is part of efforts to quell tensions after the city of nearly 20 million people was rocked by angry protests about poor road safety
Afghan Migrants in Iran. Half the Afghans in Iran are undocumented and most are employed in the informal economy
India says to help Nepal build rail link to Kathmandu. India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, which neighbouring China is also trying to woo with a similar plan.
US Bases in Qatar Qatar will expand two air bases including Udeid, which hosts the largest US military facility in the Middle East
Indonesian Police Kill Dozens ahead of Asian Games. Police in Jakarta have killed dozens of people as part of an escalating crackdown against petty criminals ahead of the Asian Games, in a campaign Amnesty International has described as “unnecessary and excessive”.
Uighurs in Chinese 'internment camps. Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN anti-discrimination body has said.
China mosque demolition sparks standoff in Ningxia Hundreds of Muslims in north-western China are engaged in a standoff with authorities to prevent their mosque from being demolished.
Saudi-led air strike on school bus kill at least 40. The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada.
Sri Lanka waives debt for Women Sri Lanka has announced it would waive debt for the most vulnerable women in the drought hit areas.
A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost exactly as scripted. But many impromptu moments of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a success.
China May Get World's Largest Gas Field Because of U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Iran has threatened to give petroleum giant Total's stake in the South Pars gas fields to China if the French company could not secure protection from U.S. nuclear-related sanctions.
Nobel peace prize for Trump? Who deserves credit for this momentous meeting and the push toward peace? Donald Trump, says South Korean foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha.
Facebook Violated Laws Protecting User Privacy, South Korea. The Korea Communication Commission (KCC) slapped Facebook with a 396 million won ($370,000) fine for violating a law against damaging the interests of users.
China's Xi Jinping Could be President for Life. China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.
Muslim Woman to Stand Against Putin in Russian Elections. Aina Gamzatova, a successful journalist and the head of Russia's largest Muslim media holding, was nominated as a presidential candidate by a local initiative group in the Russian Republic of Dagestan in late December and is running as an independent.
Iran Slips into Chaos. It is unusual for demonstrations to escalate across the country or to mix political slogans with other complaints.
India leads in global milk production India has outpaced the global milk production with an annual growth rate of 5.53% compared with the 2.09% achieved globally.
Aung San Suu Kyi may face genocide charges. Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the armed forces Gen Aung Min Hlaing, could find themselves in the dock on genocide charges some time in the future.
German pilots refuse to deport rejected asylum seekers Pilots in Germany are refusing to deport rejected asylum seekers, leading to the cancellation of more than 200 flights.
Hundreds of Muslim Uighurs Flee China for Fears of Persecution Those who escaped on Monday had no documents and their nationality could not be determined, a Thai immigration official told Khaosod newspaper.
China, UK and Army fail to remove Robert Mugabe Many political observers and fellow Zimbabweans had been expecting Mr. Mugabe to step down as president after nearly 40 years in power. But the embattled president gave a 20-minute televised speech that acknowledged problems in the nation — and he vowed to soldier on.
Hitler Wax Work Removed from Museum. The Nazi Germany leader was placed against a wall-sized banner depicting the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp with the notorious “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) sign.
Pro-independence Government of Catalonia Seeks Vote The pro-independence government of Catalonia plans to hold a vote on October 1, despite Spain’s Constitutional Court saying it would be illegal. Catalonia, a wealthy region of 7.5 million people in north-eastern Spain which has Barcelona as its capital, has its own language and culture but is not recognized as a separate nation by the Spanish state.
Sierra Leone Flood Nearly 400 had died in mudslide and flooding in the West African country of Sierra Leone.
Rio slips into a Lawless Land - Army Deployed Violence has been on the rise in Rio since the end of the Olympics nearly a year ago. More than 90 police officers have been killed in Rio state so far this year.
Maduro Claims Election Win Maduro had insisted that a new constituent assembly would help restore peace in the oil-rich nation. But analysts warned that the vote was likely to further heighten tensions within the country – and further isolate it on the diplomatic stage.
He aligned America more firmly with the Sunni kingdoms of the Gulf and also pleased his royal interlocutors by harshly denouncing the behaviour of Iran, epicentre of the Shia Muslim world.The new French leader is frontline fighter for us. Globalization or Nationalism - the road ahead is bumpy and challenging as well
Afghan Army Chief Forced to Resign Afghanistan's defense minister and army chief of staff were asked resign by President Ghani after the deadliest Taliban attack on a military base. Ghani's office announced in a post on its Twitter account that Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim "stepped down with immediate effect."
CPEC - threats and potential - an assessment. Long-term political stability in Pakistan is key to success for Pakistan's regional economic pursuits. Pakistan's security situation suggest a troubled future unless sustainable democracy takes root.
India's shame. India is world’s biggest user of groundwater, drawing more than U.S, and China combined. Poor water management in India is depriving Pakistan of vital life line. The country will need to become far more efficient in the way it uses water.
India places curbs on media The Kashmir Reader has been banned for a month but no one has really made a strong statement against it as has been done with NDTV And ironically, the BJ decried the treatment of the media during the 1975 emergency-only to do the same on 2016. It’s only when something happens in Delhi that everyone is up in arms. But beyond Delhi censorship has been had for journalists for a while..
Iran and Saudi Arabia.
No doubt, Saudi Arabia has objectives and a plan, but in the short term they
appear to create more problems for the kingdom than for its arch-rival. The
growing anxiety over slump in the oil market and the ageing Kingdom becoming
a threat for regional peace?
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