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Turkey assault in NE Syria displaced 300,000: monitor access_timeOctober 17

BEIRUT–Turkey's week-old offensive against Kurdish-controlled areas of northeastern Syria has displaced more than 300,000 people, a war monitor said Thursday. "More than 300,000 civilians have been displaced since the start of the off...

Putin invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive: Kremlin access_timeOctober 16

MOSCOW–Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria in a phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan and invited the Turkish leader to soon visit Russia, the Kremlin said. Putin invited Erdogan "for a working visit in the coming...

Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit Saudi Arabia today access_timeOctober 15

ISLAMABAD–After a day-long visit to Tehran, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for Riyadh today to meet the Saudi leadership to discuss the recent developments in the Gulf region. Khan on Sunday held talks with Iranian President Has...

Typhoon Hagibis claims at least 36 lives in Japan, rescue work continues access_timeOctober 14

TOKYO– Typhoon Hagibis, which swept across central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday, has claimed at least 36 lives in Japan as of Monday as search-and-rescue operations continued in flood- and landslide-hit areas of Nagano and other prefe...

1 killed, 200 wounded in anti-gov't protests in Iraq access_timeOctober 2

BAGHDAD– Iraqi authorities on Tuesday said that a protester was killed and 200 others were wounded in anti-government protests across the country against lack of basic services and job opportunities. The ministries of interior and health said ...

Deaths from heavy monsoon rise to nearly 140 in eastern India access_timeOctober 1

PATNA–The death toll in eastern India from torrential late monsoon rains has risen to nearly 140, officials said Tuesday as hospitals and schools were inundated with dirty rainwater. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said the curre...

Rescuers fear six trapped after Taiwan bridge collapse access_timeOctober 1

TAIPEI–Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday to reach six people they feared were trapped after a bridge collapsed in Taiwan, smashing onto a group of fishing boats moored underneath. Dramatic CCTV images captured the moment the 140-metre long s...

Russian alcohol consumption down 40%: WHO access_timeOctober 1

MOSCOW–Russia might still have a reputation as a nation of hard drinkers, but a report by the World Health Organization published Tuesday showed alcohol consumption has dropped by 43 percent since 2003. The WHO put the decrease down to a raft ...

Peru president dissolves parliament, calls fresh elections access_timeOctober 1

LIMA– Peru's president dissolved parliament and called for fresh elections Monday, prompting a vote by lawmakers to suspend him, deepening a long-running institutional crisis. The announcement by President Martin Vizcarra came after he war...

Indian film festival to commemorate Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary access_timeOctober 1

MUMBAI– India will hold a Gandhi Film Festival from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6 in Mumbai to commemorate the India's "Father of the Nation" Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary that falls on Wednesday, a statement from the Mumbai ...

Russian PM to visit Cuba access_timeOctober 1

HAVANA– Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev will pay a visit to Cuba and meet with top Cuban officials from Thursday to Friday, the Cuba's Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Monday. The topics will include cooperation in trade, economy, e...

Air tragedy averted, Goa-Delhi flight makes emergency landing access_timeSeptember 30

Panaji– A major air tragedy was averted after a Delhi-bound flight with nearly 200 people on board made an emergency landing at Goa's airport in the early hours of Sunday. The Indigo flight 6E-336 had taken off from Goa when its pilot dete...

Death toll due to incessant rains, flood rises to 29 access_timeSeptember 30

Patna–The death toll due to incessant rainfall and flood in different areas of the state has risen to 29, officials said on Monday. According to the Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, till now, 29 people have died in the state due to rain...

Philippine 6.4-magnitude quake felt in central Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued access_timeSeptember 29

MANILA– A revised 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Davao Occidental province in the southern Philippines on Sunday, and was felt in North Sulawesi province of central Indonesia, as its epicenter near the border of the two countries. There w...

Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa elected Tonga's new PM access_timeSeptember 27

SUVA–Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, Tonga's minister of finance, was elected on Friday as the new prime minister to replace the late prime minister of Akilisi Pohiva who passed away on Sept. 12, local media reported. According to Matangi Tong...

Fire at French chemical plant extinguished access_timeSeptember 27

CAEN,FRANCE–Firefighters said Friday they have extinguished a huge blaze that broke out at a chemical factory in northern France and forced authorities to close schools and warn of pollution risks for the river Seine.The fire erupted early Thursd...

Chinese FM rejects groundless criticism of Xinjiang access_timeSeptember 27

UNITED NATIONS–Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday that any comments on issues related to China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) should be based on facts. ...

Airbus hit by series of cyber attacks on suppliers: security sources access_timeSeptember 26

PARIS– European aerospace giant Airbus has been hit by a series of attacks by hackers who have targeted its suppliers in their search for technical secrets, security sources told AFP, adding they suspected a China link. There have been four ma...

6.5-magnitude quake jolts eastern Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued access_timeSeptember 26

JAKARTA–A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's eastern Maluku province early on Thursday, but there was no risk of a tsunami, the Meteorology and Geophysics agency said. The agency revised the quake's magnitude down to 6.5 f...

Trump calls Democratic impeachment inquiry a 'joke' access_timeSeptember 26

NEW YORK–A downbeat Donald Trump on Wednesday dismissed as a "joke" the grounds laid out for the impeachment inquiry into him, as Democrats stood firm in accusing the US president of a "mafia-style shakedown" of his Ukrainian ...