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Farmers in war-torn Afghanistan hit by worst drought in decades access_timeAugust 15

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan –After his wheat crop failed and wells dried up, Ghulam Abbas sold his animals and joined thousands of other farmers migrating to cities as Afghanistan's worst drought in living memory ravages the war-torn country....

Russian President is ready to meet with North Korean leader access_timeAugust 15

SEOUL –Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "at an early date", the North's state media reported Wednesday, amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula.  Putin invited Ki...

45 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on military camp in N. Afghanistan access_timeAugust 15

KABUL –At least 45 Afghan security force members were killed after Taliban militants stormed a joint military camp in northern Baghlan province overnight, reported local media Tolo News TV on Wednesday.  The brazen attack occurred at mi...

Search for survivors after deadly Italy bridge collapse access_timeAugust 15

GENOA, Italy –Italian rescuers searched through the night Wednesday for any survivors under the shattered remains of a motorway bridge in Genoa as investigators probed what could have caused such a catastrophic collapse.  More than 30 p...

Pedestrians injured in crash outside parliament in London access_timeAugust 14

LONDON –Police shut down the area around Parliament on Tuesday after witnesses said a motorist deliberately crashed into pedestrians and cyclists during the morning commute, heightening tensions in a city that has seen four vehicle-based terror a...

India releases 7 Pakistani prisoners access_timeAugust 14

NEW DELHI – Day after Pakistani authorities released 30 Indian prisoners, New Delhi have also released seven Pakistani civilian prisoners, officials said Tuesday.  "We repatriated seven Pakistan civilian prisoners yesterday," ...

Nine killed in Taiwan hospice blaze access_timeAugust 13

TAIPEI –Nine people were killed and 30 injured in a blaze that broke out early Monday at a hospice for the terminally ill near Taiwan's capital Taipei, fire officials said.  All of the 44 people inside, including 33 patients, were e...

At least 100 security forces killed in fight for Afghan city: minister access_timeAugust 13

KABUL –At least 100 security forces have been killed in the ongoing struggle to push the Taliban from the embattled Afghan city of Ghazni, a government minister said Monday, four days after the fighting began.  The announcement came as ...

Iran's Khamenei: 'No war, no negotiations with the US' access_timeAugust 13

TEHRAN –Iran's supreme leader said Monday there would be neither war nor negotiations with the United States, and that the country's problems were the result of government mismanagement more than renewed sanctions.  Ayatollah Al...

More Syrians in organised return home from Lebanon access_timeAugust 13

SHEBAA, Lebanon – Dozens of Syrian refugees left Lebanon by bus on Monday in the latest of a wave of returns to their war-torn country, Lebanese authorities said.  An AFP photographer in the southern town of Shebaa saw women and childre...

Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85 access_timeAugust 12

LONDON –British author V.S. Naipaul, a famously outspoken Nobel laureate who wrote on the traumas of post-colonial change, has died at the age of 85.  Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad and the son of an Indian civil servant, was best kn...

Sidhu to attend Imran Khan's swearing-in ceremony access_timeAugust 12

Chandigarh ,Punjab – Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Pakistan Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan on August 18.  The decision came shortly after Khan extended a personal invite over...

The Caspian Sea: rich in oil and gas and caviar access_timeAugust 12

AKTAU, Kazakhstan –The leaders of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan are meeting in the Kazakh port city of Aktau on Sunday to sign a landmark deal on the Caspian Sea.  Here are five facts about the inland sea whose l...

Eight bodies found in Indonesian plane crash access_timeAugust 12

JAKARTA –A 12-year-old boy is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed eight people in mountainous eastern Indonesia, authorities said Sunday.  The Swiss-made Pilatus aircraft lost contact with air traffic control Saturday during ...

Trump condemns 'all types of racism' a year after Charlottesville access_timeAugust 11

WASHINGTON –US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he condemned racism as the nation marked the anniversary of deadly unrest triggered by a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  "The riots in Charlottesville a year ago re...

Kerala floods: Rahul pens letter to PM Modi, urges release of funds access_timeAugust 11

New Delhi – As torrential rains continue to lash Kerala, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi apprising him of the situation and urging the latter to release sufficient funds immediately to th...

Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 220 access_timeAugust 9

TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as an official said the death toll from an earlier quake had topped 220.  The strong aftershock, measured...

Canadian UN peacekeepers return to Africa after 24 years access_timeAugust 8

GAO, Mali –Soaring over the Niger river before entering the savannah in northern Mali, a Canadian twin-engined military helicopter is making one of its first forays into the country.  Two artillerymen are scanning the ground below when ...

Ivan Duque sworn in as Colombia's president access_timeAugust 8

BOGOTA –Colombia's president-elect Ivan Duque was sworn in on Tuesday, succeeding Juan Manuel Santos as the country's 60th president.  In his first speech as president, the 42-year-old Duque, of the conservative Democratic Cente...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money-laundering access_timeAugust 8

KUALA LUMPUR –Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak was hit with new charges Wednesday linked to a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal that contributed to his shock election defeat in May.  Appearing at a court in Kuala Lu...