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Complete collection of Tibetan epic to be published in 2019 access_timeOctober 16

CHENGDU –The most complete collection of The Epic of King Gesar, generally considered the world's longest folk epic, will be published in 2019.  The Epic of King Gesar tells the story of how an 11th century Tibetan demigod king conq...

Mongolia invites North Korea's Kim to visit access_timeOctober 16

ULAANBAATAR – Mongolia has invited Kim Jong Un to visit the nation's capital, which once hoped to host the historic summit between the North Korean leader and US President Donald Trump, an official said Tuesday.  The invitation come...

Mike Pompeo meets Saudi king over Khashoggi's disappearance – By FAY ABUELGASIM, SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press access_timeOctober 16

ISTANBUL –U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's King Salman over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istan...

Assange's communications to be partly restored by Ecuador govt access_timeOctober 15

LONDON –The Ecuadorian government will partially restore communications for Julian Assange at the country's embassy in London, Wikileaks said.  The Wikileaks founder, who has been holed up at the embassy since 2012, was stopped from...

7 IS militants killed in airstrikes in eastern Afghanistan access_timeOctober 15

KABUL – At least seven militants of Islamic State (IS) militant group were killed following airstrikes in two eastern Afghan provinces, Afghan Ministry of Defense said Monday.  The ministry said in a statement that the targeted militant...

S.Korea, DPRK agree to break ground for railway, road connection access_timeOctober 15

SEOUL –South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in late November or early December to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border.&...

Year after IS lost Syria's Raqa, holdout hospital awaits recovery access_timeOctober 15

RAQA, Syria –Shattered ultrasound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways of Raqa's main hospital, still gutted a year after the Islamic State group made its infamous last stand in its Syrian heartland.  The bullet-riddled...

11 injured in Germany as train hits trailer truck access_timeOctober 15

BERLIN – Eleven people were slightly injured Monday when a commuter train crashed into a trailer truck in southern Germany, firefighters said.  The first emergency calls were placed at 7:47 am (0547 GMT) over the collision at a railway ...

US is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal: Rouhani access_timeOctober 14

TEHRAN –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 nuclear deal.  "Everyone knows that America has lost...

Rebels fire shells from Syria buffer despite heavy arms pullout access_timeOctober 14

BEIRUT – Opposition fighters have fired mortar shells from a planned buffer zone in northwest Syria, in a deadly attack that threatens a deal to protect the last major rebel bastion from a regime offensive.  The Russian-Turkish accord a...

Israel's Netanyahu threatens Hamas with 'very strong blows' access_timeOctober 14

JERUSALEM – Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday threatened to inflict "very strong blows" on Hamas after fresh violence along the border with the Gaza Strip controlled by the Islamist group.  "Hamas h...

Migrant truck crash kills 22 in Turkey access_timeOctober 14

ISTANBUL –Twenty-two people, including children, died on Sunday when a vehicle carrying migrants reportedly heading for EU member Greece plunged off the highway into a waterway in western Turkey.  The vehicle, described as a lorry, was ...

Trump says Mattis 'could be' leaving as US defense chief access_timeOctober 14

WASHINGTON –US President Donald Trump said in an interview airing Sunday that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis "could be" leaving, referring to him as "sort of a Democrat."  Mattis, seen as one of the steadiest but also ...

Car-truck collision kills 8 in India access_timeOctober 13

NEW DELHI – At least eight people, including five female teachers and three children, were killed Saturday in a truck-car collision in western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said.  The victims were travelling in a car that collided w...

Number of missing people in Mexico hits 37,485 access_timeOctober 10

MEXICO CITY –Mexico said more than 37,000 people are missing in the country, adding the official number is likely higher.  Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete said the number of missing at 37,485 is the most updated number in the coun...

9 killed in Indian steel plant explosion access_timeOctober 9

NEW DELHI –At least nine people have been killed and 14 others injured in a blast at a steel plant in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, officials said.  The blast occurred in a gas pipeline at the state-owned Steel Au...

UN calls for probe into death of Venezuela opposition member access_timeOctober 9

GENEVA –The United Nations called Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death of Venezuelan opposition member Fernando Alban after Caracas said he killed himself in custody.  Alban had been jailed over accusations...

Nikki Haley resigns as Trump's UN ambassador: US media access_timeOctober 9

WASHINGTON –Nikki Haley has resigned as US ambassador to the United Nations, US media reported Tuesday, in the latest departure from Donald Trump's national security team.  White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump and Haley ...

PM-designate asks Iraqis to apply online for cabinet access_timeOctober 9

BAGHDAD – Iraq's prime minister designate Adel Abdel Mahdi launched a website on Tuesday to allow candidates to apply for a ministerial position online as he struggles to form a government.  The unprecedented measure comes as Abdel ...

Interpol's missing Chinese chief resigns amid Beijing probe access_timeOctober 8

BEIJING – The Chinese head of Interpol resigned as Beijing announced Monday he was under investigation for allegedly breaking domestic law, while his wife voiced concern for his life following his disappearance.  China had been tight-lipp...