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TOKYO - US President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia.Obama landed aboard Air Force One to begin a state visit to Japan, which comes as regional tensions boil over maritime territorial disputes and fears that North Korea could soon carry out a new nuclear test.The president touched down a day after nearly ...

KABUL/TEHRAN : Afghanistan’s preliminary presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on Saturday, officials said Wednesday as they vowed to sift out fake votes.Partial results from the April 5 election to succeed President Hamid Karzai have already been released, with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah ahead of his main rival Ashraf Ghani after half of the ballots ...

GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip agreed on Wednesday to form a unity government soon, bringing thousands of people on to the streets in celebration.Amid the jubilation, an Israeli air strike on Gaza wounded six people, the coastal territory’s ruling movement Hamas said.“An agreement has been reached on the formation within five weeks of an independent government headed by president Mahmud ...

NEW YORK : For the first time in decades, middle-income Americans are ...

WASHINTON : The Pentagon’s research agency tasked with ...

ANKARA : Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday ...

LONDON : Western leaders should set aside their differences with ...

BEIJING  : China’s military faces a “severe and ...

UNITED NATIONS  : Iran on Tuesday made a strong case before a UN ...

Shaukat Mehmood Hashmi works as the station master in an ‘isolated’ part of north-western Pakistan. He says they get by with ancient technology - and hope for a bright future as a tourist ...

FORT MEADE, US : The US government must turn over information on secret CIA interrogation centres connected to the trial of the alleged mastermind of the 2000 USS Cole bombing, a military judge said ...

SUDIPTA SARANGI ANDCHANDAN K JHA - Political parties and voters are equally to blame for the low representation of women in Parliament. Throughout history, women have fought all kinds of odds to ...

CAIRO  - A police brigadier general was killed when a bomb exploded under his car in Egypt’s capital on Wednesday, security officials said, in the fifth such targeted attack in Cairo ...

VARANASI, India  - Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India’s elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions ...

DHAKA  - A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor ...

UNITED NATIONS  - The heads of five UN humanitarian agencies Wednesday made an urgent call on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the ...

KINSHASA - At least 63 people were killed and 80 were seriously injured in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Katanga province when a train speeding too fast round a bend derailed, a provincial ...

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine  - Russia issued a blunt warning Wednesday it would respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the restive east of the country braced for a new ...

LONDON  : A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three children were found dead at a house in London, British police said on Wednesday. The 43-year-old was not identified but ...

JINDO - The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster passed 120 on Tuesday as divers, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, speeded up the grim task of recovering scores more ...

BUENOS AIRES : A series of raids west of Buenos Aires yielded 250 arrests and unearthed firearms and drugs, police said Monday, the second such operation in as many weeks.‘There were 20 ...

BEIRUT : A German former rapper who joined jihadists fighting in Syria has been killed in a suicide bombing carried out by rival fighters, jihadist sources and a monitor said Tuesday.Denis Mamadou ...

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN : Brunei has postponed its implementation of harsh Islamic punishments, due to begin Tuesday, that have earned condemnation from the United Nations and sparked rare criticism at ...

BEIJING  : Police in China are set to receive firearms training as part of a nationwide plan to boost armed patrols, state media said Tuesday, after a string of high-profile violent ...

MOGADISHU : Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab said they had assassinated a lawmaker on Tuesday, the second such killing in 24 hours and the latest in a series of attacks in the war-ravaged ...

SEOUL : North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test, South Korea said Tuesday, citing increased activity at its main test site just days ahead of a visit to Seoul by US ...

RIYADH : The MERS death toll has climbed to 81 in Saudi Arabia, which sacked its health minister as cases of infection by the coronavirus mount in the country. A 73-year-old Saudi who suffered from ...

JAKARTA : Indonesia has ordered the nursery of a prestigious Jakarta international school to close following an alleged sexual assault on a six-year-old boy by cleaning staff, an official said ...

The US and Japan will haggle over who gets what as they each look to use their security alliance to their own endsSince the United States began to promote the rebalancing of its military and ...

WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS - The United States has dismissed a Syrian plan to hold a presidential election on June 3 as a “parody of democracy”.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also ...

NEW DELHI - Indian election frontrunner Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned virulent anti-Muslim remarks by a one-time associate as he sought to keep attention on his core message of development and ...

NEW delhi : Some Indian teachers force children from lower castes and minority religions to clean toilets and sit separately from their classmates as part of “persistent” discrimination ...

BANGUI - The United Nations has evacuated almost 100 Muslims from the capital of the crisis-torn Central African Republic to “save their lives”, according to officials.Supported by staff ...

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