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KABUL: Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the race to become Afghanistan’s next president, according to the latest official tally of votes released on Sunday, but is short of an...
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Rebels to help Manila fight kidnappings

MANILA: The Philippine government will work with the largest rebel group, with which it signed a peace deal last month, to curb an alarming number of kidnappings in the south, officials and the rebels



Filipino engineer freed

MANILA: Suspected militants have freed a Filipino engineer they abducted in the southern Philippines 53 days ago, the military said Sunday.



Bad weather halts rescue in Everest disaster

KATMANDU: Bad weather suspended searches Sunday on Mount Everest for three Nepalese sherpa guides still missing after an avalanche killed 13 of their colleagues in the deadliest accident on the world



Two UN staff members go missing in Pakistan

KARACHI: Two local employees working for the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF have gone missing in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi and police said Sunday they are thought to have been kidn



Bangladesh’s Khaleda Zia forced to wait for trial decision

DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was given a short reprieve on Sunday, with a court postponing a decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her jailed for life if



Thousands in China protest after officials beat vendor, passer-by

BEIJING: Thousands took to the streets of a Chinese city to protest at the beating of a vendor and of a passer-by who took photos of the incident, reports said Sunday.



‘Deadly shootout’ in east Ukraine shatters truce

SLAVYANSK, Ukraine: Four people were reported killed Sunday in a gun battle in restive eastern Ukraine, shattering a fragile Easter truce in the crisis-hit former Soviet republic.



Submerged Korean ferry: 19 bodies pulled out

JINDO, South Korea: Divers finally began pulling bodies Sunday from the South Korean ferry that sank four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angry at the pace and focus of rescue



Assad is still using chemical weapons, says Hollande

PARIS: France has “information” but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime is still using chemical weapons, President Francois Hollande said Sunday.

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