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Death toll from explosion in Armenia rises to 6, more than 60 injured

The death toll from an explosion at a bustling market in the Armenian capital Yerevan rose to six on Monday as search operations continued for people believed trapped under the rubble. Another 61 people were injured and 15 were missing...

Taliban fighters swap weapons for books as hundreds head back to school

Gul Agha Jalali used to spend his nights planting bombs, hoping to target an Afghan government soldier or, better yet, a foreign military man.These days, the 23-year-old Taliban member is studying English and has signed up for a computer...

Saudi Aramco Posts Record Second Quarter Profit of $48.4 Billion

Oil giant Saudi Aramco revealed record profit of $48.4 billion in the second quarter of 2022 on Sunday, after Russia's war in Ukraine and a surge in demand following the pandemic sent crude prices soaring.Net income rose 90 percent...

EU scolds Taliban after crackdown on women’s demonstration

The EU said on Sunday it was "particularly concerned" about worsening conditions for women and girls in Afghanistan after the country's ruling Taliban violently broke up a women's demonstration.Taliban fighters fired into the air and beat protesters taking part...

Taliban stronger than ever a year after taking power

A year after they returned to power in Afghanistan, the Taliban are a stronger military force than ever, but there are threats to their rule.To tighten their grip, the Taliban have sent thousands of fighters to the Panshjir Valley,...

Saudi Arabia bombing suspect commits suicide with suicide belt

A suspect in a deadly 2015 Islamic State group attack on a Saudi mosque blew himself up while being arrested by security forces in Jeddah this week, Saudi officials said on Friday. Four others were injured when Saudi national Abdullah...

South Korea flood death toll rises to 11

The death toll from South Korea's record rains and floods has risen to 11, authorities said Thursday, with eight more people still missing as Seoul struggles to clean up after the deluge. Two days of torrential rains flooded streets and...

Thai police say slain Nigerian and his lover may have links to drug dealers

Police in Thailand say a Nigerian man and a Vietnamese woman found recently buried in the Asian nation's Chok Chai district were lovers, and their deaths may be linked to transnational trafficking in crystal methamphetamine. Pol Gen Suchart Teerasawat, deputy...

Sri Lanka declares a state of emergency after the president flees to the Maldives

Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as thousands of people stormed the prime minister's office after the country's president flew to the Maldives, following months of widespread protests against the economic crisis.President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had vowed...

China arrests alleged bank fraud ‘gang’ after rare mass protests

Members of a "criminal gang" accused of taking control of local banks have been arrested in central China after rare protests over alleged financial corruption sparked violent clashes between customers and authorities.China's rural banking sector has been hit hard...

Sri Lankan president seeks escape by sea after airport standoff

Sri Lanka's president was considering using a navy patrol boat to flee the island on Tuesday after a humiliating standoff with airport immigration, official sources said.Gotabaya Rajapaksa has promised to step down on Wednesday and clear the way for...

Japan Mourns Former Prime Minister Abe’s Funeral in Tokyo

Mourners lined the streets of central Tokyo on Tuesday to bid farewell to slain former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as his hearse passed political milestones after a private funeral.The country's longest-serving prime minister was shot dead while campaigning...

The solitary confinement of Myanmar’s ousted leader Suu Kyi: what we know

One of the first moves by the Myanmar military during its coup last year was to place Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's de facto civilian leader and a figurehead of democracy who has spent decades fighting the regime,...

Bankrupt Sri Lanka Opens IMF Talks, Shutdown Begins

Sri Lanka closed schools and halted non-essential government services on Monday, beginning a two-week lockdown to conserve fast-depleting fuel stocks as the IMF opened talks with Colombo over a possible bailout.The country of 22 million people is mired in...

Explosions and gunfire at Sikh temple in Afghan capital

Gunmen stormed a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital on Saturday, throwing at least one grenade and wounding two people, the Interior Ministry and witnesses said.While the number of bomb attacks has decreased across the country since the Taliban...

Thailand takes a step towards cannabis legalization

Thailand relaxed its cannabis laws on Thursday, allowing users to own and grow the plant, albeit under new and complicated guidelines.The change comes after Thailand's landmark legalization of medical cannabis in 2018, the first such move by a country...

At least 17 dead in train derailment in central Iran

At least 17 people were killed and dozens were injured on Wednesday when a train derailed near the central Iranian city of Tabas after colliding with a bulldozer alongside the track, state media reported.The train was heading from the...

26 people missing after ferry sinking in Indonesia

Twenty-six people went missing Saturday after a ferry ran out of fuel and capsized in bad weather off the Indonesian coast, authorities said.The country's search and rescue agency said the ship was carrying 43 people when it capsized on...

Four bombs kill at least 12 in Afghanistan

Four bombs ripped through minibuses and a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, authorities said.The number of bomb attacks has dropped across the country since the Taliban seized power last year in August, but several...

Ailing UAE President Sheikh Khalifa dies at 73

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan died on Friday aged 73, state media said, after battling an illness for several years.The president of the oil-rich Gulf state, who rarely appeared in public, is likely to be replaced by...
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