New Belgian government takes office with cost-cutting agenda

BRUSSELS: Belgium’s new center-right government took office on Saturday, promising to raise the retirement age and slash costs by about 8 billion euros ($10 billion) to balance the national budget by

Hong Kong protesters regroup after government rejects talks

HONG KONG: Hundreds of protesters regrouped in central Hong Kong on Friday to push their call for democracy, a day after the government called off talks with students amid a two-week standoff that has

Respite for civilians as guns fall silent on borders

ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR: Fighting in Kashmir between India and Pakistan subsided on Friday as Pakistan’s prime minister met with advisers and military chiefs to discuss the latest spasm of violence in the

South Korean coast guard kills Chinese fishing boat skipper

SEOUL: The South Korean coastguard shot and killed the Chinese skipper of a fishing boat on Friday in a confrontation in the Yellow Sea, triggering an angry protest from Beijing.

Families of MH17 victims to seek damages from Dutch state

AMSTERDAM: Dutch relatives of victims of Malaysia Airlines MH17, downed over Ukraine in July, will hold the Dutch government liable for damages for its handling of the aftermath of the crash, a lawyer

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