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9 dead, 5 injured as vehicle falls into deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir access_timeFebruary 23

NEW DELHI– Nine people died and five were injured when a vehicle fell into a deep gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday, a local police told Xinhua over phone. The accident occurred in the Malhar area of Kathua district on Saturday ev...

Turkey says seven killed after quake on Iran border access_timeFebruary 23

ISTANBUL–Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Sunday seven people including three children were killed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit neighbouring Iran, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Five people were in...

South Korea reports 123 more coronavirus cases, two deaths access_timeFebruary 23

SEOUL–South Korea reported 123 more coronavirus cases Sunday, taking the nationwide total to 556, as well as two additional deaths which brings the toll to four. The fourth death was a man at a hospital in Cheongdo, a southern city connected t...

At least nine killed in Germany shisha bar shootings access_timeFebruary 20

HANAU–At least nine people were killed in shootings targeting shisha bars in Germany that sparked a huge manhunt overnight before the suspected gunman was found dead in his home early Thursday. The attacks occurred at two bars in Hanau, about ...

Man suspected of killing wife, three children in Australia fire access_timeFebruary 20

SYDNEY–An ex-rugby league player is suspected of murdering his three children and estranged wife in Australia by burning them alive inside their car, in what police described as one of the most horrific incidents they have encountered. Officer...

South Korea city urges 2.5M to stay home as virus cases grow access_timeFebruary 20

SEOUL–The mayor of the South Korean city of Daegu urged its 2.5 million people on Thursday to refrain from going outside as cases of a new virus spiked and he pleaded for help from the central government. Mayor Kwon Young-jin made the request ...

China counts more virus deaths, illnesses as impact broadens access_timeFebruary 18

BEIJING–China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused mild illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. The update raise...

Militants kill judge in W. Afghanistan access_timeFebruary 18

HERAT–Taliban militants has killed a primary court judge in Afghanistan's western Herat province, a local official said Tuesday. The incident happened late on Monday night when a group of Taliban militants shot dead Abdul Rahim Azimi in In...

Australia extends ban on visitors from China access_timeFebruary 13

SYDNEY–Australia on Thursday announced a ban on travellers from China would extend for at least a week beyond Saturday's planned deadline, as the death toll from the coronavirus soared. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government wou...

4 of Afghan family dead in avalanche access_timeFebruary 13

NILI,AFGHANISTAN– Four members of a family had been killed, one injured while two others went missing after avalanche hit a village in Afghanistan's central Daykundi province, provincial government spokesperson said Thursday. "The inc...

Airbus reports 2019 net loss of 1.36 bn euros access_timeFebruary 13

PARIS–Airbus on Thursday reported a net loss of 1.36 billion euros in 2019 after being hit by a 3.6-billion-euro fine over a bribery scandal and extra development costs for the A400M transport aircraft. The firm said operating profits rose to ...

Facebook-owned WhatsApp now has 2 billion users access_timeFebruary 13

SAN FRANCISCO–The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp said Wednesday it now has more than two billion users around the world, as it reaffirmed its commitment to strong encryption to protect privacy. WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014...

Sanders wins in New Hampshire as Biden crashes and burns access_timeFebruary 12

MANCHESTER– Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's high-stakes Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to US network projections, leaving rivals including party stalwart Joe Biden in his wake as he staked his claim to challenge President Donald ...

World leaders show support for China's fight against novel coronavirus epidemic access_timeFebruary 12

BEIJING– More state and government leaders and heads of global institutions have expressed their sympathy to China over the novel coronavirus outbreak and voiced support to the country's fight against the epidemic. Indian Prime Minister Na...

Kejriwal to take oath as Delhi CM on Feb 16 access_timeFebruary 12

NEW DELHI–AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal is slated to take oath as the Delhi Chief Minister for the third time on February 16. The oath-taking ceremony will take place at Ramlila Maidan. AAP galloped to a landslide victory by winning 62...

Afghan Taliban accepts "significant reduction" in violence: Afghan president access_timeFebruary 12

KABUL–Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have held a telephone conversation discussing the ongoing U.S.-Taliban talks. During the conversation on Tuesday evening, Pompeo informed Ghani of a notable p...

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes access_timeFebruary 12

KHARTOUM–Sudan has agreed to hand ousted autocrat Omar al-Bashir and others to the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur, a member of Khartoum's ruling body said Tuesday. The Hague-based ICC has charged Bashir and t...

G77, UN express full support for China's efforts to contain novel coronavirus access_timeFebruary 11

UNITED NATIONS– The Group of 77 (G77) and the United Nations on Monday expressed full support for China's fight against the novel coronavirus. The G77 expresses its full support to the comprehensive efforts made by the Chinese government t...

21 centres set up for counting of votes on Feb 11: Delhi CEO access_timeFebruary 10

NEW DELHI– Twenty one centres for counting of votes on February 11 have been set up in the city-state, Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said on Sunday. "We have set up 21 centres for counting of votes, wherein there ...

3252 people under observation in Kerala for Coronavirus access_timeFebruary 10

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM–In the backdrop of Coronavirus threat, Kerala Health Department on Sunday informed that as many as 3,252 people are under observation across the state including 34 who are in various hospitals. The government claimed that 32...