Afghan forces retake city center amid fierce clashes with Taliban

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan: Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital

Fresh blast rocks Chinese town

BEIJING: A fresh explosion rocked a Chinese town Thursday, a day after 17 parcel bombs killed at least seven people and wounded scores more, state media reported.

Indonesia defends haze-fighting efforts

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s disaster chief on Thursday defended the country’s efforts to fight forest fires that have blanketed Southeast Asia in choking haze, and said he believed rains would arrive within

Maldives rejects UN ruling Nasheed held illegally

COLOMBO: A United Nations panel has ruled that the jailing of former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was illegal and called for his immediate release, the government of the atoll nation said Thursd

Sri Lanka to cooperate with UN call for war crimes inquiry

GENEVA: Sri Lanka said on Thursday it would heed a UN resolution urging it to establish a credible judicial process, including foreign judges and prosecutors, to investigate alleged war crimes during

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