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Iran stays quiet on Khashoggi case

AFP | Iran has been playing it cool as it watches the furore over the disappearance of writer Jamal Khashoggi create a crisis for its...

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid tensions

AFP | US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Thursday after earlier talks were scrapped amid soaring tensions between the...

Political newcomers jump into US electoral fray

AFP | Hundreds of everyday Americans with zero political experience are jumping into the fray for the mid-term congressional elections in a country that has...

French minister pulls out of Saudi conference over Khashoggi

AFP | French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Thursday he was pulling out of a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia over the disappearance...

Who would want to be an Afghan MP?

AFP | Doctors, mullahs, sons of warlords, feminists and even a prison inmate are among a motley crew of candidates contesting war-torn Afghanistan's October 20...

Shootout in Indian Occupied Kashmir leaves four dead

AFP | A firefight near a 14th century Muslim shrine killed at least four in the Kashmir capital Wednesday and sparked protests in the city,...

Clashes as Hindu hardliners block women from Indian temple

AFP | Clashes erupted on Wednesday as Hindu hardliners prevented women visiting one of India's most sacred temples, with baton-waving police charging stone-throwing protesters. Ugly...

Turkish daily says audio tapes indicate Saudi journalist ‘decapitated’

AFP | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, pro-government daily Yeni Safak reported Wednesday, saying it had...

US sanctions key Iranian paramilitary force

AFP | The US Treasury Department slapped sanctions Tuesday on an Iranian paramilitary group along with a network of businesses that were providing it financing,...

China woos Bhutan, to India’s displeasure

AFP | A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemon, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is...

Saudi alliance doesn’t mean US ‘downplaying’ Khashoggi question: official

AFP | The US alliance with Saudi Arabia does not mean Washington is "ignoring or downplaying" the disappearance and suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi,...

Maldives court rejects Yameen’s secret witnesses

AFP | The Maldives' top court rejected on Tuesday three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election...

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

AFP | US top diplomat Mike Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman on Tuesday seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid...

14 Iran security personnel seized on Pakistan border

AFP | Fourteen Iranian security personnel, including Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers, were abducted on the volatile southeastern border with Pakistan on Tuesday, state media reported. The...

US defence chief Mattis says Trump is ‘100 percent’ with him

AFP | US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump has assured him of his full support, one day after Trump appeared to cast...

Police on high alert ahead of Indian temple opening to women

AFP | India deployed hundreds of police Tuesday in southern Kerala state where protesters have threatened to stop women from entering a Hindu temple, despite...

Iran embassy in Ankara receives ‘suicide bomb threat’

AFP | An individual who claimed to have links to the Islamic State extremist group threatened to attack the Iranian embassy in Ankara, Tehran's envoy...

‘Price of democracy’: Afghans risking their lives to vote

AFP | From a university student to a middle-aged housewife, Afghans planning to vote in the October 20 parliamentary election say they are willing to...

Maldives leader blames defeat on ‘disappearing ink’

AFP | Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has told the Supreme Court that disappearing ink and specially treated ballot papers were to blame for his...

Australia target first Asia series win since 2011 – Paine

AFP | Australian skipper Tim Paine vowed his team would do its utmost to win the second Test against Pakistan starting in Abu Dhabi from...

Tensions rise over women’s entry to Indian temple

AFP | Thousands of devotees joined street marches in southern India on Monday as tensions mounted over a recent Supreme Court verdict revoking a ban...

Iran’s new breed of charities on poverty frontline

AFP | At an outreach center in southern Tehran, teenagers are learning to be journalists, while upstairs their mothers are fine-tuning their sewing skills and...

ICC charges Sri Lankan legend Jayasuriya in anti-corruption probe

AFP | Dashing former Sri Lankan batsman and ex-chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged for not cooperating with a match-fixing probe and concealing information,...

The Lhotshampa: The unhappy people of the world’s happiest country

AFP | The Himalayan nation of Bhutan, often described as a "Shangri-La" where happiness is equated to wealth, is holding elections this week. But the Lhotshampa...

Idlib province: Syria’s last major rebel stronghold

AFP | Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control, after a string of ferocious assaults this year put most...

US “a loser” for abandoning Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani

AFP | Iran's president boasted Sunday that the United States has lost against the Islamic republic's "righteousness and wisdom" by walking out of the landmark...

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation if punished over missing critic

AFP | Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed on the oil-rich kingdom over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as...

Yadav shines as India sweeps West Indies series

AFP | Paceman Umesh Yadav claimed a match haul of 10 wickets to lead India to a series sweep against the West Indies with a...

‘Confusing’ US signals: China still hopeful about Trump-Xi meet

AFP | US President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping will "probably" meet at a G20 summit next month, a US official said Sunday,...

Gandhi statue sparks controversy in Malawi

AFP | Over 3,000 people have signed a petition opposing a planned statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre, saying the Indian independence...

Freed US pastor flying home from Turkey after case sparked crisis

AFP | An American pastor held for two years in Turkey was expected back in the United States on Saturday after a court freed him...

Fearing Saudi wrath the West treads cautiously on Khashoggi case

AFP | Donald Trump claims he is being "very tough" with Saudi Arabia and Britain has warned of "serious consequences". But besides demanding the truth...

Syria army warns Idlib residents as deadline looms

AFP | Syria's army Friday warned residents of the country's last major rebel bastion to stay away from jihadists, who have yet to withdraw from...

In full offensive on China, Trump gambles on end-game

AFP | Donald Trump has escalated his feud with China into a full-press offensive that has drawn comparisons to the Cold War. Now the question...

India #MeToo claims halt production of Bollywood blockbuster

AFP | India's growing #MeToo storm halted production of a Bollywood blockbuster Friday, with the film's lead calling for harassment claims against its director and...

Aid groups worried as deadline looms for Syria’s Idlib

AFP | Aid agencies on Friday warned of dire humanitarian consequences if a Russia-Turkey deal to avert a regime assault on Syria's last major rebel...

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