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May hails Brexit talks 'progress' but no breakthrough access_timeFebruary 21

BRUSSELS– Prime Minister Theresa May said she had made "progress" in talks with the EU on Wednesday as she sought to extract concessions on the terms of Britain's divorce, but as expected there was no major breakthrough.  With...

69 killed in devastating Bangladesh fire access_timeFebruary 21

DHAKA– A devastating fire that ripped through a number of buildings on Wednesday night in old part of Bangladesh capital Dhaka have killed at least 69 people, mostly women and children, and injured scores of others.  Mahfuz Riven, ...

At least 5 militants killed in raid in western Afghan province: official access_timeFebruary 21

HERAT, Afghanistan–At least five Taliban militants were killed and two narcotic-drug labs and a bomb-making factory were destroyed following a military operation in Afghanistan's western province of Herat overnight, authorities said Thursday....

Trump optimistic about upcoming summit with Kim access_timeFebruary 21

WASHINGTON– U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his upcoming Hanoi summit with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), would be "successful."  Trump told press that his trip to ...

UK to expand drone no-fly zones near airports next month access_timeFebruary 20

LONDON–No-fly zones for drones within 5 kilometres of British airports will come into force next month, the government said on Wednesday, after drone sightings caused severe disruption at Heathrow and Gatwick airports.  "The enlarg...

Turkish parliament speaker resigns to run for Istanbul mayoral access_timeFebruary 20

ANKARA– Turkish Parliament Speaker Binali Yildirim resigned from his post late on Monday to run for mayor of Istanbul, said the official website of the parliament.  "It was a pleasure for the last seven months working with our lawm...

27 drug criminals sentenced to jail in Afghanistan access_timeFebruary 20

KABUL– The Afghan law enforcement agencies have sentenced 27 individuals in connection with drug-related crimes to jail terms ranging from one year and six months to 18 years in the past week, the Counter-Narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force sai...

Over 370 people feared to have died of swine flu in India access_timeFebruary 20

NEW DELHI– More than 12,000 swine flu (H1N1 virus) cases have been reported across India so far this year, with a total of 377 people feared to have died of the disease, local media reported Tuesday.  In the capital of New Delhi, swine ...

Bangladesh shuts 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war' access_timeFebruary 20

DHAKA– Bangladesh authorities have blocked almost 20,000 websites as part of an anti-pornography "war", a minister said Tuesday.  Internet providers in the conservative Muslim-majority nation took down pornography and gambling...

Pakistan 'ready to talk' on Kashmir, warns India against attack: PM access_timeFebruary 20

ISLAMABAD–Pakistan is ready to help India investigate the deadliest blast in Kashmir in decades, but will retaliate if Delhi attacks, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday as tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals soared.  Khan used a n...

4, including 3 children, found dead of gunshot wounds in U.S. state of Michigan access_timeFebruary 19

CHICAGO– Three children and a woman were found dead of apparent gunshot wounds at a property in rural northern Kent County in the U.S. Midwestern state of Michigan Monday afternoon.  The property is located in Solon Township, northwest ...

Over 10,000 Thais verified as electoral candidates in individual constituency mode access_timeFebruary 19

BANGKOK–Over 10,000 Thais have been verified as candidates running for MP in the March 24 election, local media reported Tuesday.  The Election Commission (EC) verified a total of 10,792 candidates contesting 350 individual constituenci...

No civilian had been harmed during the operations, the statement further said. access_timeFebruary 19

JALALABAD, Afghanistan–A total of nine militants were killed and few others injured after the government forces stormed Taliban hideouts in Khogiani district of the eastern Nangarhar province on Monday, said a statement of provincial government r...

Maldives arrests ex-leader Yameen for money laundering access_timeFebruary 18

MALÉ, Maldives–Maldivian authorities Monday ordered the arrest of former strongman president Abdulla Yameen over money laundering charges, officials said.  The arrest came after a court began a preliminary hearing into allegation...

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament access_timeFebruary 18

SYDNEY–Australia on Monday said a "sophisticated state actor" had hacked the country's main political parties and parliament, just weeks before a closely fought election.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison told lawmakers that ...

Seven killed in new Kashmir battle access_timeFebruary 18

SRINAGAR, India –Indian troops suffered new losses Monday in a fierce battle with Kashmir militants that left at least seven dead just days after a suicide bomber killed 41 paramilitaries in the troubled territory, officials said.  The ...

Taliban commander among 17 killed in N. Afghanistan access_timeFebruary 18

MAIMANA, Afghansitan– A total of 17 militants including a Taliban key commander were confirmed dead and eight others injured as government forces targeted Taliban hideouts in Qaisar district of Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on Monday...

Saudi crown prince seeks contracts and allies on Asia tour access_timeFebruary 17

ISLAMABAD– Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince arrives in Pakistan on Sunday, the start of an Asian tour during which he will seek lucrative contracts and demonstrate he still has allies five months after the Khashoggi killing.  Mohamm...

Bernie Sanders recorded presidential campaign video: report access_timeFebruary 17

WASHINGTON–US Senator Bernie Sanders has recorded a video announcing a 2020 run for president, Politico reported Saturday, an indication that he plans to enter the already crowded field of candidates.  But it still remains unclear when ...

Venezuelan FM confirms meetings with U.S. representative access_timeFebruary 17

CARACAS– Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza confirmed Saturday that he has participated in two meetings with U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams to address the two countries' relationship.  "We have held...