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Iran and Saudi Arabia to restore ties in China-brokered deal

Regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed on Friday to restore ties and reopen diplomatic missions in talks brokered by China, they said in a joint statement, seven years after ties broke off. The move caps a broader realignment and...

Indonesian high-ranking police officer sentenced to death for murder

One of Indonesia's highest-ranking policemen was sentenced to death on Monday for the murder of his bodyguard. Ferdy Sambo, a two-star general and former head of internal affairs for the national police, was named a suspect after his bodyguard was...

Iranian journalist freed on bail a week after his arrest

Iranian authorities released journalist Elnaz Mohammadi of the Hammihan newspaper on bail a week after her arrest, media reported on Sunday, but her sister, also a reporter, remains in custody. Elnaz Mohammadi was detained after going to the prosecutor's office...

China appoints security hardliners to head Hong Kong office

The hardline head of Hong Kong's national security agency has been appointed China's top representative in the city, state media said on Saturday, as Beijing tightens its grip since the 2019 democracy protests. The State Council has appointed Zheng Yanxiong,...

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Sumatra, Indonesia: USGS

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra early Monday, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake's epicenter was located 48 kilometers (30 miles) south-southeast of the city of Singkil in Aceh province, at a...

Iran executes two men in connection with protests

Iran executed two men on Saturday after they were found guilty of killing a member of paramilitary forces during protests sparked by the death in custody of a young woman, the judiciary said. The latest killings are double the number...

Kim calls for ‘exponential increase’ of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal

Kim Jong Un has called for an "exponential" increase in North Korea's nuclear arsenal, including the mass production of tactical nuclear weapons and the development of new missiles for nuclear counterstrikes, state media said on Sunday. In a report at...

Soldiers killed, civilians injured as violence erupts in Pakistan

At least six Pakistani soldiers were killed in the country's southwest on Sunday as the threat of terrorism grew. Soldiers were killed and civilians injured in three separate incidents involving militant groups operating in Balochistan. The army's media wing, Inter-Services Public...

China insists official Covid data is transparent

China said on Friday that all the Covid-19 data it has shared, including with the World Health Organization, has been transparent, even though its hospitals are overwhelmed and its official numbers on infections and deaths are small compared to...

Schools close as Pakistani Taliban siege on police station continues

Local schools were ordered closed Tuesday over fears of more kidnappings as a hostage situation at a police station taken over by jailed Pakistani Taliban fighters dragged into its third day. More than 30 members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)...
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Labor Party in Cross River moves to settle internal disputes

The Cross River State Chapter of the Labor Party (LP) has set up a reconciliation and discipline committee to...
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