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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will use an Asian tour beginning next week to bolster US alliances in the region at a time of increased geopolitical tension. Obama is scheduled to visit Japan,...
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'Gold bars' ground Indian airliner in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: An Indian airliner made an emergency landing in Malaysia over a bomb scare, but fear turned to puzzlement once authorities discovered the contents of a suspicious package: three golden b



Muslim exodus may lead to food crisis in C. African Republic

BANGUI: An exodus of Muslim traders fleeing attacks by Christian militia in Central African Republic has pushed food markets there to the brink of collapse, threatening the nation with even deeper cri



Pak-India border trade in Kashmir resumes

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan: Trade across the de facto border in disputed Kashmir resumed on Wednesday after being suspended for nearly a month, a Pakistani official said.



Court charges 70 Kenyans for links to Al-Shabab

MOMBASA: A Kenyan court on Wednesday charged 70 people with being members of Somali militant group Al-Shabab, after they were arrested during a police raid on a mosque that sparked days of rioting in



Pakistan court orders govt to produce abducted anti-drone activist

ISLAMABAD: A court in Pakistan on Wednesday ordered authorities to produce an anti-drone activist abducted just days before he was due to travel to Europe to meet lawmakers, in a case that spotlights



North, South Korea hold rare high-level talks

SEOUL: North and South Korean officials held their highest level talks for years Wednesday, seeking to thrash out common ground for improving ties despite a row over looming South Korea-US military dr



Kabul halts reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

KABUL: Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taleban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of t



American scholar angry after book on Hindus pulped in India

DELHI: American scholar Wendy Doniger said she was “angry and disappointed” that all copies of her latest book on Hinduism will be pulped in India after a legal row that has ignited fears about fr



Strong earthquake shakes west China

BEIJING: A strong and shallow 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, but in a sparsely populated area, the US Geological Survey said.



Wind gusts batter Britain’s west coast

LONDON: Britain’s west coast is being battered by wind gusts that could reach 100 mph (160 kph) as a new storm pummels the flood-stricken country.

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