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Saudi Crown Prince behind Khashoggi murder: CIA

AFP | The US Central Intelligence Agency has concluded Saudi's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, US...

US votes against UN censure of Israel over Golan

AFP | For the first time, the United States voted Friday against an annual UN resolution condemning Israel's occupation of the Golan Heights, dropping its...

Northern California chokes on toxic air as Trump set to visit

AFP | Schools and tourist attractions across the San Francisco Bay Area were shut Friday and residents were urged to stay indoors as smoke from...

Pakistan hold edge after New Zealand dismissed for 153

AFP | Leg-spinner Yasir Shah led a double-barrelled attack of spin and pace to leave Pakistan sitting comfortably on the opening day of the first...

Baghdad strikes deal with Kurds to restart Kirkuk oil exports

AFP | Iraq's central government has agreed with Kurdish authorities to resume oil exports from Kirkuk, the oil ministry said Friday, a year after federal...

Migrants refuse to disembark in Libya, fearing torture: Amnesty

AFP | Dozens of migrants and refugees aboard a merchant vessel at a Libyan port are refusing to disembark for fear of "detention and torture",...

India gets Olympic warning after Kosovo boxer denied visa

AFP | The Olympic Council of Asia has warned India it could miss out on hosting major Games after a boxer from Kosovo was denied...

India temple turned into fortress for new gender battle

AFP | Indian police mounted a huge security operation Friday to ensure women can safely access a flashpoint Hindu temple after battles erupted the first...

UN Palestinian agency says overcoming Trump funding cuts

AFP | The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees has nearly overcome a crippling funding crisis caused by President Donald Trump cancelling the US aid...

11 killed as Cyclone Gaja ravages Indian coast

AFP | At least 11 people were reported dead Friday as a powerful cyclone battered India's eastern coast, authorities said. Thousands of trees were felled by...

Tajikistan launches giant dam to export power to Pakistan

AFP | Tajikistan on Friday inaugurates a $3.9 billion hydro-electric power plant, a mega project that will enable the impoverished country to eliminate domestic energy...

Pakistan look to Yasir, Abbas to tame ‘tough’ New Zealand

AFP | Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is confident leg-spinner Yasir Shah and medium pacer Mohammad Abbas can combine to tame "tough" New Zealand in the...

Pakistan ‘safely’ recovers five abducted Iranian guards

AFP | Pakistan on Thursday said its security forces safely recovered five Iranian guards, abducted near the countries' shared border a month ago. Jihadist group...

Australia takes India to WTO over sugar subsidies

AFP | Australia announced on Friday it was taking legal action against India at the WTO over sugar subsidies it said caused a "significant downturn"...

US Senate votes against blocking Bahrain arms sale

AFP | The US Senate on Thursday rejected a long-shot effort to block $300 million in arms sales to Bahrain, as the bill's opponents stressed...

Saudis issue charges but exonerate crown prince in Khashoggi murder

AFP | The Saudi government exonerated the country's powerful crown prince of involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Thursday as death-penalty charges were...

Yemeni govt backs UN peace talks but Hodeida still at risk

AFP | Yemen's president has supported a UN push for fresh talks to end almost four years of fighting in his war-torn country, but analysts...

Qatar economy growing despite crisis: IMF

AFP | Qatar's economy is growing despite a bitter trade and diplomatic rift with neighbouring former allies, the IMF said Wednesday after a week-long visit...

Saudi hosts new conference in shadow of critic’s murder

AFP | Cyborg artists, parkour pioneers and a British boxing star headlined a Saudi youth conference Wednesday hosted by the powerful crown prince's charity, the...

‘Very serious’: African swine fever spreads in China

AFP | African swine fever has spread rapidly to more than half of China's provinces despite measures to contain it, the government said, warning that...

‘Sultan of Coins’: Iran executes gold market launderer and accomplice

AFP | Iran executed a trader dubbed the "Sultan of Coins" and his accomplice on Wednesday for exploiting a surge in gold demand from savers...

Can Pakistan overcome energy shortage with coal?

AFP | In Pakistan's bleak Thar desert, the roar of trucks is constant at a massive Chinese-backed coal power project the government sees as an...

Uber loss tops $1 bn as it seeks to diversify

AFP | Ride-share company Uber on Wednesday said that its net loss topped a billion dollars in the recently ended quarter as it pumped money...

British PM using Brexit for political survival

AFP | Lurching from crisis to crisis and fending off coup plots while navigating Britain's most important peacetime negotiations, Theresa May has defied the odds...

Trump lashes Macron as Europe moves on defense without US

AFP | Donald Trump on Tuesday unleashed an extraordinary attack on Emmanuel Macron, mocking the French president's approval rating and lashing him over European defense...

US free Economy:’Substantial progress’ made on massive China trade deal

AFP | Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapore's leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the world's largest commercial pact...

Facebook shuts more accounts aimed at political meddling

AFP | Facebook on Tuesday said it shut down more accounts aimed at influencing the US midterm election and that it is exploring a possible...

As US retreats, China touts its trade deal wares to Asia

AFP | China is touting itself as the new defender of global commerce as it works with Asia-Pacific leaders to hammer out the world's largest...

Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

AFP | President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for...

Thousands of Afghans flee fighting in Hazara districts

AFP | Thousands of Afghans have fled to Ghazni city to escape fighting in two Hazara-dominated districts, with some describing the violence Tuesday as the...

US security chief Bolton vows to ‘squeeze’ Iran

AFP | US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak", a week after a tough new round of...

Fact-check: Did Aasia Bibi meet the Pope?

AFP | A photo that claims to show Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was acquitted of blasphemy, kissing Pope Francis is circulating on...

“Tackle poverty and birth rate to end Boko Haram”

AFP | One of Nigeria's leading and respected Islamic figures on Tuesday renewed calls to tackle endemic poverty and rapid population growth to help end...

Indian court to review women entering flashpoint temple

AFP | India's top court Tuesday agreed to hear challenges to its decision to overturn a ban on women of menstruating age from entering a...

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur cherishes dual role after record feat

AFP | Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim said he enjoyed his dual role in the team as wicketkeeper and batsman after scoring a record double hundred against...

Deadly Smog: ‘lungs’ turn sickly brown in days

AFP | A pair of artificial lungs put up in New Delhi to demonstrate the lethal effects of smog have turned a sickly dark brown...

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