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US forces in Afghanistan attack anti-China militants

Agencies, Kabul US forces in Afghanistan have attacked networks of anti-China militants in an action that is likely to please Beijing, which had called for Western cooperation in its fight against a group it says wants to split off its Xinjiang...

EU leaders to host Turkey’s Erdogan, the estranged uncle they can’t shut out

Agencies, Brussels European Union leaders are so discomfited by their relationship with Turkey these days that they relegated their summit next month to Varna, a Bulgarian Black Sea port, rather than hold it in Brussels. But despite their wariness...

‘Protocol headache’ for SK Winter Olympics

Seoul, US and senior North Korean officials say US vice-president Mike Pence and Northy Korea’s Kim Jong-un’s younger sister Kim Yo-jong have ‘no intention’ of meeting each other at the Winter Olympics – even though Mike Pence...

‘Tanks but no tanks!’ say critics of Trump’s plan for military parade

Agencies, Washington President Donald Trump’s dream of a grand military parade through the streets of the US capital attracted scorn, skepticism and even a dash of wit from local officials on Wednesday. Critics argued a parade could cost...

‘We can no longer stay silent’: UN

Agencies, United Nations The scale of suffering across Syria has reached unprecedented levels, with access to aid blocked in three major population centres, growing displacement and more than 13 million people in need across the country, the...

At least four killed, 85 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

Agencies, Hualien Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 85 people missing after a strong earthquake killed at least four near the popular Taiwanese tourist...

Congress nears budget deal, Trump says he would “love” a shutdown

Agencies, Washington US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would “love” to see another government shutdown as Republicans and Democrats in Congress worked to reach a budget deal that would prevent federal agencies from having to...

Proof of chemical weapons use in Syria be met with response

Agencies, United Nations Evidence of the use, or likely use, of banned chemical weapons in Syria should be met with a “meaningful response” within the Security Council, the United Nations disarmament affairs chief has said. UN High Representative...